Plus ca change

Of all the core features of key elements in the basic outline of a PIE that have changed, either slightly or quite significantly, as between the classic account of a PIE and the new PIEs 2.0 version, the one that has not changed at all is the emphasis on staff training and support.

The one possibly significant shift is the stress that by 'staff', we mean not solely the paid staff, the employees, but all those who contribute to the creation and function of a service, including volunteers, and especially those service users who take on any constructive role. Even this aspect of the 2.0 model, however, is itself explored more under the heading of "The Three's'.


Training needs


In the area of PIEs, there is no core curriculum, and granted the wide range of client groups and settings where the idea has been taken up, it is hard to see how one could even be suggested, let alone imposed as an expectation. This is on the whole a good thing, as it allows and encourages the staff in any one service or agency to decide for themselves what is relevant, and that in turn means a far faster take-up of new ideas and insights than could be possible with a centralised curriculum

In the homelessness sector generally, which is where the PIEs concept first took root,  there is no tradition, and certainly no expectation, of CPD - continuous professional development - which is otherwise almost a hallmark or professionalism in other fields. 

Granted the central importance of staff training in the PIE concept, it is perhaps slightly surprising that relatively little has been said so far specifically on staff training. The fact that the right-hand panel on this page is largely blank says it all.

 But we will have to do something abut that now.....


Support needs

There has been a greater focus on staff support, and on acknowledging the emotional wear and tear so often involved in working with individuals with complex needs and challenging behaviour. This has been expressed in many presentations; but even so, the bulk of explicit discussion has been in the context of another of the key features - reflective practice.

The other key features of the revised version are:

  • Psychological awareness HERE
  • Learning and Enquiry HERE
  • Spaces of Opportunity HERE
  • The Three Rs HERE

So: where is 'relationships' in the PIEs 2.0 framework? HERE

For more on the development of these areas, see:

PIEs 2.0 - the development process HERE

Pizazz: A new and more customisable working framework for PIEs HERE