The Bouverie Centre has provided training and consultation in clinical supervision (CS) to Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) practitioners since 2004, having trained over 300 hundred clinical supervisors from the sector, as well as a number of other health and welfare professionals.
Bouverie undertook a project funded by the Department of Health during 2008-2009 which:
Read more in our comprehensive report on the project.
One of the outcomes of this project was the AOD sector’s declared need for a set of clinical supervision guidelines which would be applicable across all Victorian AOD services. The Bouverie Centre was funded to respond to this need. In 2011, a set of Clinical Supervision Guidelines and companion website was developed following a series of consultations with representatives from the Victorian AOD Sector and a review of relevant documentation and literature.
In July 2008, the Department of Health funded The Bouverie Centre to deliver a strategy for workforce development in the AOD sector which broadly sought to encourage a shift away from individually focused practice towards the inclusion of family, and other people important in the life of the individual with problematic substance use, as part of core service delivery. The Beacon Strategy aimed to increase the uptake and sustainability of family friendly practices by providing organisations and clinicians with support to translate and embed these practices in their work. Click here for more on this implementation framework.
Across the three year project, 27 AOD agencies, in seven of the eight DHS regions in Victoria, became ‘Beacon sites’. A variety of organisations and service types participated in the project; some were large, stand-alone and multi-sited AOD agencies delivering a range of services such as residential, outpatient and community programs; other Beacon sites were smaller AOD programs located within broader health settings such as regional and community health services. Significant practice changes were observed amongst the project participants. These changes occurred at a range of levels including:
Click here for a comprehensive report on the project.
The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.find out more