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UNIT RELEASE 1 (ASPIRE VERSION 1.2) © ASPIRE TRAINING & CONSULTING33Topic 2In this topic you will learn howto:2ADetermine improvementsneeded based on your ownevaluation and feedbackfrom others2BIdentify potential supportnetworks both internal andexternal to the organisation2CSeek specialist advice orfurther training2DRecognise requirementsfor self-care and identifyrequirements for additionalsupport2EDevise, documentand implement a self-development plan that setsrealistic goals and targetsEnhance your ownpracticeCommunity services work can involve challenges thatcannot be resolved by one person alone and it canbe a field that is physically and mentally stressful.To meet challenges, it is important that you buildsupport networks and know where you can obtainspecialist advice. You also need to know how to takecare of your own mental and physical health and bewilling to seek additional support when it is required.You should take advantage of opportunities to helpyou develop your skills and knowledge throughtraining, performance reviews, supervision andmentoring. In many organisations, this informationbecomes a part of your self-development plan, whichguides your actions and professional developmentchoices during the year.You can promote your own development by keepingup with industry developments, applying these inyour practice and taking action to stay abreast oftrends.
34UNIT RELEASE 1 (ASPIRE VERSION 1.2) © ASPIRE TRAINING & CONSULTINGCHCPRP003REFLECT ON AND IMPROVE OWN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE2ADetermine improvementsneeded based on your ownevaluation and feedback fromothersYou evaluate your own skills whenever you take part in a professional review orperformance evaluation. This process allows you and your manager or supervisor toidentify areas where improvements are needed as well as areas of strength. Examplesinclude skills related to a particular task or a change in work practices that is expectedin the future. You may want additional skills to help you move your career in aparticular direction. You may receive feedback that suggests you need to make somechanges in how you carry out your work practices.A strong problem-solving approach can be helpful in working out exactly whatimprovements are needed within your existing skill and knowledge set. It takes timeand careful thought to work out what improvements are needed and what you aregoing to do to make these improvements. Making these decisions well is an indicationof high problem-solving abilities – always a useful skill in community services work.The elements within most performance reviews include the following.Performance review areasAreas of responsibility and the major tasks and activities performed currently withinexisting rolePerformance competencies that have been identified as being important forsomeone in your position, including general and specific skillsAreas of existing strength where you believe your skills and knowledge are already

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