ASU members working in the community and disability sector have free membership of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners (ACCDP).
The ACCDP was established by the ASU to empower Community and Disability Practitioners in establishing standards of practice for work in the Social, Community and Disability Services Sector.
Decisions about the meaning, purpose, and requirements of Community and Disability Practice are being made constantly. Government influences standards through policy, legislative requirements, contracts and funding arrangements. Again, these are ad hoc and frequently not the result of best practice in service provision.
The voice that is most often missing in this environment is that of practitioners. The people at the frontline of service provision who understand best the needs and demands of the work, and the standards necessary to meet them.
The Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners is providing tailored training to ASU members to prepare you for this major change. You can watch the training on-demand through ASU Career Launchpad.
In 2020 the ACCDP is hosting exclusive online sessions relevant for ASU members:
- In Conversation with the NDIS Commission
- In Conversation with Karen Willis: The threat that is not COVID-19: Vicarious Trauma
- In conversation with PWD and NSW Council of Intellectual Disability
- In conversation with Dr Jim Stanford from the Australia Institute: Does the invisible hand need sanitiser? Issues of inequality during COVID-19 and afterwards
- Introduction to the NDIS Code of Conduct with a special feature on the impact of COVID-19
Disability Rights and Advocacy Series
- Access issues for people with disabilities
- Reviews and appeals
- Respectful relationships
- Abuse, neglect, and exploitation
Mental Health Series
- Understanding mental health
- Mental health in the workplace
- Working with LGBTI communities
- The Community Sector and the Law
- Working in the community with people who use alcohol, and other drugs of addiction