Improving your knowledge, confidence and competence

During this course we will use teaching, sharing and facilitating, in order for you to gain knowledge, confidence and competence. All three are interlinked and as one improves it also helps improve the others.

Knowledge is what we give you in the course but how do we help you to gain confidence and competence?

While you may think that you could never be as confident as some colleagues when consulting with children remember that confidence is largely an acquired skill.

Think about a situation in the past when you have felt really confident – what had to happen for you to be that way ? For example you probably don’t think about how to walk now because you are confident that you can do it. Was it always that way?

Gaining confidence when you learned to walk involved a number of elements. Modelling other people, falling down and working out how not to do that next time. Having the help of adults to hang on to. Lots of encouragement and someone to rub that bruised bottom! Most of all you knew that if you could walk it would open up a whole new world.

You too can gain confidence during this course and continue to do so, by using these principles: modelling other people including clinicians and even children themselves; knowing that if you fall down you can reflect and learn from it, how not to do that next time. You can see the adult in the photo with open arms – Priscilla, Annette, practice staff, clinicians, multidisciplinary teams, parents and children too are waiting to support you in your learning. Colleagues have been in your situation and will encourage you; they may not rub your bruised bottom but they may make you a cuppa.

Most importantly, increasing your knowledge will help you build your confidence. We will talk about competence further in the course.

So go ahead and enter a whole new world.