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Inspirational or a waste of precious slacking-off time? I once went on a buzzword bingo-laden training course which ended up with my being held at gunpoint in public. Could have gone better, to be honest. Tell us your tales from either side of the lectern

(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 15:01)
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How to disappoint a trainer.
At a training session for working with people who have learning disabilities the trainer had wittered on for 45 minutes then said. "I'd like you to get into pairs and one of you be a service user who..."
One of the staff said very firmly, "We don't do role play!"
The trainer looked to the manager who concurred and we moved on to the next part of the session.
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 16:50, 7 replies)
Would've been funny if they did
Roomful of people, half of whom were pretending to be "service users". Very PC, that.

Thinking about it, it could catch on as a playground taunt - "ha ha! He's a service user!"...
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 16:57, closed)

I've just been on an 'Assisted Eating and Drinking' training course, the highlight of which, was pairing up, then feeding each other yoghurt with the person being fed acting as Service User. We had a list of traits to try including:
Being unable to close your mouth
Rocking your head from side to side
Keeping your tongue out
We then had to note our findings as both Support Worker and Service User.

"Funny as fuck" is not the blanket answer they were looking for...
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 17:27, closed)
Service user?
Is that the pc way of calling someone a retard?
(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 19:48, closed)
Well we generally prefer learning disability...

(, Fri 16 Mar 2012, 20:18, closed)
At least it's better than "client"
Clients are people who pay for things. In the case of social services, the clients are we-the-taxpayers, not them-the-scrotes.
(, Sun 18 Mar 2012, 1:50, closed)
I really don't understand what's wrong with handicapped.
It makes wonder how much people were paid in the early nineties to sit around coming up with pointless new words.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 8:39, closed)
I work for a PMLD day centre and to describe some SU's to new staff or agency staff
you have to do terrible impressions. But it's almost...professional. You have to describe it as best you can
when a particular service user has more complex needs for eating and drinking.
(, Sat 17 Mar 2012, 18:07, closed)

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