If this year is anything like the last one, it’ll be very busy.
So how do we stay ahead of the knowledge curve so that our practice doesn’t suffer?
5 quick ways to broaden your knowledge and stay up to date…
Here are 5 things that I do to keep in touch with events and research in the field of harmful sexual behaviour work – I’ve given the broad areas and provided a couple of examples of each to get you started:
1. NEARI Press – Sign up for the NEARI Press newsletter – they issue it FREE on a monthly basis and usually include a summary of a piece of research relevant to working with HSB. Visit the website and subscribe for the monthly email… Whenever you discover a useful website, look to subscribe to the newsletter – unsubscribing is usually easy and you might just discover a real gem!
2. Summaries – Read the NOTA monograph on assessment of children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour – this is a piece I wrote for the Policy and Practice sub-committee of NOTA. Stewart Allardyce and I recently revised and updated it. It’s a brief monograph summarising the assessment of children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour. It’s NOT a “how to…” document; rather it explains a little of the history and then lays out the major assessment tools, protocols and structures currently available, with references.
NOTA – UK & Ireland – visit the website and join a.s.a.p. There is a local branch network, regular training around the regions and a fab national conference each September, as well as others in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is also a journal, The JSA for members which is a must read for those with an interest in this field of work.
4. Check out wwwJuvenileSexOffenders.com – it’s an unfortunate name, but it’s North American where the ethics of language on the issue are less sensitive… It’s a new site with a lot to offer. Take a look! Or try the Sex Offender Management Assessment & Planning Initiative – it’s got a great juvenile section…
[callout]”Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” Samuel Johnson[/callout]
5. Subscribe to related blogs and social media streams of people in the field – I use LinkedIn a lot and often find really useful reading material there… (e.g. Stewart Allardyce, Phil Rich, Michael Seto, Tom Cleerman, David Prescott) I also use Feedly to set up alerts for articles and other web-based information as it gets published.
There is lots of fab information around, the trick is sifting it in such a way as to find the useful stuff. If you start with these 5 steps, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your finger well and truly on the pulse.
- How are you keeping up with research, practice and events?
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