We provide training, information and expertise to individuals, families, service providers and others who have a role to play in supporting people who are disadvantaged to live full lives in their communities. Supported Self-Directed Living (SSDL) is central to our capacity building programme. SSDL occurs when an individual, with the right support, is able to choose, pursue and achieve a “good life”, to a similar extent to other people in society. 

As part of the Genio model there are three stages of capacity building: 

  1. Early Innovation: projects are offered training and support. Consumer awareness is raised as people see what ‘better’ looks like. 
  2. Scaling Innovation: training continues and early innovators are supported to become leaders for change. Consumer confidence increases.
  3. System-wide Change: Innovative practice becomes mainstream. Private funding can continue to support consumer demand for better goods and services, which in turn drives supply. 

Formal training 

Over the past six years Genio has developed a range of training courses in Supported Self-Directed Living (SSDL) approaches. We continue to work closely with SSDL participants and to respond to their feedback in order to improve our courses each year. In 2016 we spent time listening to the issues people encounter in implementing SSDL approaches. We learned that there continues to be a growing need for more intensive, practice-based training, and to provide shorter, more customised training specifically for family members and senior leaders. In light of this we are facilitating a range of training programmes throughout 2017. SSDL Practitioner Training is now accredited by the Athlone Institute of Technology. 

Collaborative learning and practice development

Project learning days

An important element of facilitating collaborative learning and practice development is the Genio project learning days each year during which representatives from projects supported by Genio come together to share learning, engage in examining practice and make connections.

Learning communities

Although the evidence for what works best is growing stronger all the time, there remains much to be learned. In order to capture and share the results of experimentation and innovation ongoing in the areas we work in, we facilitate some learning communities through which emerging learning can be identified and applied. 

Key Contact

Charlotte Knight
Capacity Development & Outreach Manager

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19-21 Westland Square
Pearse St., Dublin 2, D02 YH27, Ireland
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