Module 11: young people and drugs - issues for workers: facilitator's guide

7.1 Identifying support networks

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It is important you receive adequate emotional support and allow time for debrief and supervision as part of your professional conduct. Workers need to make time for supervision on a regular basis.

Task - writing exercise

This exercise is designed to help learners identify their own personal support network. Provide learners with a large piece of paper to complete this exercise, A3 or bigger, and some different coloured pens. Encourage learners to be as creative as they like.

Direct learners to their Learner's Workbook to complete this exercise.

First, draw a picture or symbol of yourself in the centre of the paper. Then, draw pictures or symbols of all the people or things, which support you in learning or being creative at work. You might like to include behaviours like walking to work or having regular lunch dates with friends. You might include colleagues, books, team meetings, and friends. These all contribute to your creativity and productiveness at work.

Next, give an indication of the strength of these supports. Are they strong or weak links? Is this support regular or occasional? You can indicate this by drawing dotted lines to indicate occasional support and heavier lines to indicate strong or regular support.

Next, add the things that block your progress in a different coloured pen. What stops you from getting the support you need? You might include criticism from other people, self-doubt, or the unavailability of support.

When you have finished, share your map with a partner. Explain your work and then ask your partner to give you an overall impression of your map.

Answer the following questions:
  • Is this the kind of support you want?
  • Is it enough? What support is missing? How could you obtain such support?
  • What support is really positive for you to the extent that you need to make sure you have it?
  • Which blocks could you reduce?
Top of pageRepeat the process in relation to your partner's map.

You and your partner should then each develop an action plan for getting the support you need.

Your personal action plan should identify:
  • what type of support you need
  • how you are going to obtain this support
  • when are you going to get this support
  • who does it involve?