Encompass is making it easier than ever for peers to connect and learn no matter where they are, with some great new learning opportunities coming up.

Executive Director Chris-Maree Sultmann said that getting knowledge into practice need not be constrained by physical distance or agency type.

“The Encompass training and development platform can unite workers from regional and remote areas with their peers in cities and suburbia, across different agencies and sectors,” Chris-Maree said.

“Whether it be for workshops, group supervision or supporting communities of practice around shared professional interest areas, we’ve always been about making learning as practical and practice-focused as possible.

“That’s why we continue to refine our offerings,” she said.

Encompass has extended its longstanding and popular face-to-face workshop program to offer virtual options which are flexible, convenient, and elevate results for frontline workers, their supervisors and managers, their teams and organisations.

“We can have a specialist First Nations worker from a government agency in Cairns engage in the same forum as a child protection worker from a community-based agency on the Gold Coast sharing insights that can be used immediately in their daily work.

“As well as our traditional face-to-face training platform, we have online individual or group modes of learning, which can also have interagency and cross-sector participants.

“Another benefit is the upcoming launch of new forums like communities of practice and online coffee catchups where like-minded professionals can collaborate informally, yet purposefully.

“Our new offerings are designed to directly benefit children, young people, and their families and carers.  Encompass has trained thousands of people over the past few decades, and I’ve never been more excited for what’s to come in 2021 and beyond,” Chris-Maree said.

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