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Te Pou is rapidly changing. We're developing new resources and ways of working to help our workforces

We're here for you

Our Covid-19 portal is designed to bring together resources to help you cope with Covid-19 and work in a world that is increasingly complex.

Here you will be able to view and download resources across a range of topics relevant to a Covid-19-affected existence.

You can also find out more about how we are adapting our training capabilities and modalities as we move into online workshops, webinars, and remote training.

Covid-19 resources

  • Alcohol use and Covid-19

    As a one-off, alcohol usually carries few risks of short- or long-term harm. But Covid-19 is having a wide range of effects on us; it's changing the way we live and respond to the world. In the event of a rahui/ lockdown or other restrictions and high demand of health services, it is possible that alcohol could become a bigger part of how some of us manage how we are feeling. The trap for all of us is overuse: too much alcohol, or too often. Ashley Koning, Te Pou Programme Lead – Addiction, has created a resource to help manage the risk of harm from alcohol during the era of Covid-19.

  • A trauma informed approach in challenging times

    COVID-19 events can have unexpected impacts on people and whānau who have experienced trauma before. Te Pou has created this resource to provide ways for all workers to support people who may be experiencing strong reactions triggered by the lockdown experience and ongoing social isolation.

  • Personal protect equipment

    Te Pou has put together a guide for using personal protective equipment (PPE), created specifically to help those working in NGOs in the areas of mental health, addiction and disability.

  • Providing support by phone or video call

    Te Pou has created a resource offering practical guidance for NGO support workers providing support by phone or video to people they are already supporting.

  • Supervision by phone and video

    Te Pou has produced two resources for providing remote supervision. The first, How to use phone or video calls for supervision, provides guidance for supervisors and supervisees using phone or video calls for supervision featuring key considerations when using technology to support supervision activities and practical tips to guide the safe and effective use of phone or video calls. The second resource, Supporting staff to use phone or video technologies for supervision, provides managers and leaders with a brief summary of evidence about the use of phone or video calls for a range of supervision types, including clinical and professional supervision.

  • Sensory modulation during COVID-19

    Te Pou has created a sensory modulation resource for people who work in mental health, addiction and disability who want some general guidance on how to use sensory strategies to support people during tough times.

  • Supporting older people during Covid-19

    Te Pou has created a resource using the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of the four dimensions of wellbeing to provide practical tips for the support workforce to use to support older people in their own homes.

  • Working well from home

    Blueprint for Learning has created a framework for working well from home, based on the Te Whare Tapa Whā model, which looks at the four dimensions of wellbeing.

  • Is flexible working right for your organisation?

    This short resource is to assist leaders and managers to determine if flexible working is right for their organisation.

  • The impact of Covid-19 on unemployment for people with mental health issues

    The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health, social and economic crisis. This rapid review is a look at one key issue: how some IIMHL countries are supporting people with mental health issues to stay at work and return to employment in the COVID-19 environment.

Values in Action

Watch the recording of our Values in Action: Working remotely webinar

Using Sensory Strategies to help cope with COVID-19

Watch a recording of our webinar, "Kapa haka or herbal tea? Using sensory strategies to cope with COVID-19 and other challenging situations".

An opportunity

We have a unique opportunity to design and implement more inclusive and accessible societies. Secretary-General António Guterres spoke at the meeting of principals on the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy. Read what he said here.

Equally Well

We've been working hard on Equally Well. It is an especially important time to achieve equity in supporting the physical health needs of people with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues. People with lived experience are, on average, two to three times more likely to have co-occurring physical health issues, many of which go unrecognised alongside experiencing social, cultural and economic inequities. Click here to visit our Equally Well Covid-19 page, or click the image below.

Mahi Rawe virtual fono

At the beginning of 2020 the Disability Workforce Development virtual team discussed ways to promote the workshops and resources that Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning have to offer – to align the mahi from all three sectors – Disability, Mental Health and Addiction. To this end, we planned a one-day fono to be held at a hotel in Auckland.

Our plans had to change, of course, having been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We decided to change the way we delivered our fono, and ran it as a webinar! We were incredibly pleased to have 50 participants who joined us on the day to listen to nine presenters speak about the range of exciting initiatives, services and training managed by Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning. The webinar was wonderfully successful, given the short time in which we had to change the format and delivery. Thanks to everyone who attended and interacted with us during the fono; it was an amazing and enlightening experience.

You can watch the presentations here.

For more information contact Susan Sherrard.

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