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Scottish Social Services Council - Care Accolades

Care Accolades 2009 Award Winner for Best Innovative Training Programme

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Sandra and Calum Strathie have received recognition at a national level for their innovative work and development of new courses. In 2009 Sandra and Calum, in their capacity as the VIG Development Team with Dundee City Council Social Work Department won the award for "Best Innovative Training Programme". This was in recognition of work to develop Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) as an intervention for family work, and for the concurrent development of Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) as a method for professional and practice development.

Care Accolades 2011 – Special Commendation for Investing in the Workforce, Developing Practice.

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Calum and Sandra created a Video Enhanced Reflective Practice based course entitled The Art of Effective Communication. This was designed to develop reflective teams in each of the residential units for young people in Dundee. An innovative approach ensured that not only were staff involved in self-assessing their practice skills, but the young people also assessed the skills of the staff.

Recognition was achieved for this work at the 2011 Care Accolades when a Special Commendation was awarded for "Investing in the Workforce, Developing Practice"

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