Part B (1000 words maximum)
Construct a professional development plan which identifies the professional capabilities which you wish to develop (if relevant draw on professional standards) and how you will do so. Include reference to clinical supervision.
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 Who I am-   I studied a bachelor’s of psychology and Enrolled Nursing and currently in a leadership role (Community Mental Health-Specifically Autism) and casually working as a community service worker in homeless shelter (Constantly dealing with mental health clients, drugs and Alcohol)?

I am also a WHS representative and a Restricted Practice Reporter and Notifier (NDIS)- This involves monthly reporting of any authorized and unauthorized practices of restriction; Environment or, and seclusion, chemical and physical.

Interests – Forensic Science (Psychiatry Care)

Skills to develop

  • Mental health assessment skills
  • Psycho social skills (General Mental Health)
  • Psychiatry pharmacology in terms of psychokinetic and dynamics
  • The ability to gain a forensic patient’s trust.
  • Counseling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach (Forensic)

How to achieve

  • I hope to volunteer or Enrol in training programs
  • I hope to involve in research projects to gain deeper understanding.
  • Note; Recommend measures that others have used to achieve similar goal

Personal Skills I believe I have

  • Leadership Skills
  • Person centered Support skills (Aware of Diversity and other psycho social needs of an individual)
  • Communication Skills (Additional – Nonverbal communication and constantly dealing WITH Challenging behaviours.)
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Assessing and supporting patients
  • The ability to stay calm in difficult situations.
  • Time management
  • Patience- (Re- Working with children with Autism, ADHD and other comorbidity.
  • Ethics and professionalism

I take care of children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (High functioning with severe behavioural challenges) I have proven ability to change their lives and I am frequently dealing with children at their vulnerable state. Ensuring that they have access to services, they are safe in the community and their general well being is taken care of- I achieve this through training, researching evidence-based literature, reflecting on practice and referring to the codes of conduct

  • Problem solving skills

Having worked with Children with Autism, these are the qualities I would have (Copied and pasted for guidance)

  1. Underpinning values and attitudes needed to enable workers to provide people with

autism with a service which values their right to:

  • Be independent.
  • Be regarded and treated as individuals.
  • Make choices for themselves.
  • Be treated in an equal and fair way.
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and confidentiality.
  • Access specialist support to realize potential.
  • Receive compassionate and non-judgemental support, and to give it in their own roles as

parents, carers, workers or volunteers.

  1. Basic autism awareness should include:
  • The notion of autism as a spectrum, including the fact that it is a life-long condition.
  • A brief synopsis of the theoretical models developed by Kanner and Asperger in identifying


  • Key characteristics – understanding the main differences found in people with autism (often

referred to as the ‘triad of impairments’).

  • Common sensory differences experienced by people who have autism.
  • Common co-occurring conditions.
  • Basic understanding of the complexity surrounding diagnosis, which includes:

– getting a formal diagnosis

– lots of different diagnoses within the ‘autistic spectrum’

– reasons for avoiding, or barriers to, diagnosis.

  • Prevalence of autism in the general population.
  1. Intermediate knowledge and skills. The worker will be able to:
  • Use appropriate communication skills when supporting a person with autism.
  • Support families and friends and make best use of their expert knowledge of the person.
  • Recognize when a person with autism is experiencing stress and anxiety and support them

with this.

  • Recognize sensory needs and differences of a person with autism and support them with this.
  • Support the development of social interaction skills.
  • Provide support with transitions and significant life events.
  • Understand the issues which arise from co-occurrence of mental ill health and autism.
  • Support people with autism to gain and maintain employment (where appropriate).


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