For each of the two Portfolio Activities assume you are developing a Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) program to engage a mix of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and stages of readiness. Your service is a non-government organisation that works with families and is located in a large rural area, with an urban centre population of 80,000.
Your program is non-mandated (‘voluntary’) and is to be conducted primarily in a group format.
The outputs from the two Activities (below) will provide components of a practice manual for your service. The manual is to be used by a range of staff in your service, some of whom are not specialists in working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence. The manual is designed to ensure the integrity of your program and safe practice.
Portfolio Activity 1: Program Rationale & Overview
1,500 words total (+/- 10%), 30% weighting
Due 11:45pm, Friday week 8 – (05/05/2017)
Your group-based Men’s Behaviour Change program will seek to help address the safety of family members through promoting accountability and behaviour change in perpetrators of violence over 15 sessions. Write a program rationale (approximately 500 words) followed by a program overview intended for inclusion in the practice manual described above.
Using references to theory and research from the field, the rationale should convey the aptness of the approach to colleagues: Why is a group-based Men’s Behaviour Change program the preferred format for this service? What are its strengths in relation to individual, community, or family work for this client group?
In presenting your overview, use the template provided in Moodle to outline the intended process of intervention for the 15-session program.
Since you are helping develop the program’s manual, the design you propose should be replicable (i.e., able to be used repeatedly with different groups of participants)
Your design should include the following:
Sensitivity to the diversity within the population that your program serves
Given its concise nature, the rationale need only present a single line of argument, but adhere to standard (APA) referencing requirements
The overview should present a breakdown of the structure of the program (i.e., provide a session-by-session outline)
The emphasis in the overview should be on the process(es), rather than the content, of the program
A template for the overview will be supplied in Moodle.
At least eight references should be included
Portfolio Activity 2: Program Safety
1,500 words (+/- 10%), 30% weighting
Due 11:45pm, Friday week 11 – (26/05/2017)
The practice manual for your program (as described above) must include broad safety considerations.
With reference to your Program Rationale & Overview (from Activity 1), formulate a set of safety guidelines (approximately 1,000 words) that is designed to ensure primarily the safety of partners, ex-partners and family members, and to promote desistance from violence-related strategies.
Also present a comprehensive checklist, developed to ensure that the program incorporates and promotes: reflective practice; practitioner health and safety; legal and ethical principles for the protection of the community as well as all persons involved directly with the program.
Incorporate sensitivity to the specific population that your program serves and the diversity within it.
Safety guidelines should comprise a series of paragraphs, which may be sub-headed
The checklist can be tabulated as a series of directives developed to ensure adherence to safe principles and practice
At least eight references should be supplied in support of your guidelines.