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Lighting Beacons Project Report

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Contents

1 Contents

List of tables ..................................................................................................................................... iv

List of figures .................................................................................................................................... iv

1 Executive summary .................................................................................................................... 1

1.1 Background ........................................................................................................................ 1

1.2 The Beacon Strategy: An implementation strategy to facilitate the uptake of family

inclusive practice ........................................................................................................................... 1

1.3 Project Consultation ........................................................................................................... 2

1.3.1 Advisory Panel ............................................................................................................ 2

1.3.2 Consultation Process .................................................................................................. 2

1.4 Participating Beacon ‘Sites’ ................................................................................................ 3

1.5 Training delivery and evaluation ......................................................................................... 3

1.6 Implementation support .................................................................................................... 4

1.7 Project accomplishments ................................................................................................... 4

Increase in worker confidence and perceived benefits ........................................................... 5

Increase in family contacts ..................................................................................................... 5

Structures to embed practice ................................................................................................. 5

Service innovations ................................................................................................................ 6

Development of a family inclusive module in Cert IV .............................................................. 6

Promotional and dissemination activities ............................................................................... 6

1.8 Conclusion ......................................................................................................................... 6

Background ....................................................................................................................................... 8

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6 Conclusion

During the 3 year period of The Beacon Project in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector, (2008 - 2011),

significant practice changes have been observed amongst agencies who took part in the project.

These changes occurred at a range of levels, from the clinical practice of workers becoming more

family inclusive, to organisational changes that reflect the values of family inclusion being more

systematically embedded within the culture and structures of services.

The findings from the Beacon project indicate the importance of having a clear and practical

framework for family interventions which,

is applicable across a range of levels of skill and experience, and

can be adapted to suit the requirements of a range of different client families and service

types.

In order to maximise the potential for such a framework to be successfully implemented it needs to

fit with the values of individual workers and agencies, and the complement the existing services

being offered to clients. Therefore, time engaging with participants around the rationale for

including families in their practice context is well spent.



Combining initial training with ongoing opportunities for skill development and implementation

support is likely to provide the greatest opportunity for family inclusive practices to be sustainably

implemented by agencies. Training which imparts usable techniques and specific skills to employ in

particular situations must be reinforced by structured opportunities for demonstration by skilled

facilitators and practice opportunities for participants. This assists workers to develop confidence in

the application of the framework to their practice within the service delivery context of their role.



The achievements highlighted in the report underscore the importance of providing ongoing

implementation support in conjunction with training, which assists participants to problem solve

barriers and challenges as well as creating opportunities to build motivation and foster constructive

developments as a core component of workforce development initiatives. The CIG meetings,

consults and newsletter provided opportunities for clinicians to maintain their interest and

motivation and for organisations to promote and develop family inclusive practice overtime.





By engaging with the AOD sector over a 3 year period, and promoting the work of participating

agencies, the Beacon project has sparked interest and enthusiasm in the sector for family work. This

has been reflected in the continued demand for and interest expressed by representatives of the

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