Group 3

Supporting choice and control when a person has behaviours that concern us


Online Webinar – Zoom
Wednesday 30 November 2022
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm AEDT

This webinar brings together a panel of experts to discuss how we can better assist people who have behaviours that concern us.  In this webinar we will look at behaviour as a means of communication of unmet needs and how we can better support a person to live a meaningful life. 

People with disability who display behaviours of concern challenge us greatly. Often the response is restrictive practices to ensure the safety of the person and others around them. While often necessary, restrictive practices are a restriction on the person’s autonomy.  So how do we support choice and control and improve a person’s quality of life when they have behaviours of concern? What can support coordinators and allied health professionals do to assist with safety and safeguarding AND choice and control?

After attending this workshop you will have a better understanding of working with people who have behaviours of concern and how you can demonstrate leadership in supporting rights, choice and control and supported decision-making. 

The webinar is the 4th in our Supported Decision-making series and takes a rights-based approach to positive behaviour support and support for decision-making, with a focus on home and living situations. 

Join UpSkill and our panel of experts as we discuss:

  • Common reasons people may display behaviours of concern 
  • The link between positive behaviour support, human rights and improving quality of life
  • Function and alternatives to restrictive practices 
  • Strategies to support positive behaviour
  • Supporting self determination of people who have complex support needs
  • Role of support coordinators in supporting people who have behaviours that concern us 
  • How we can demonstrate leadership in upholding the rights of people with disability

Meet your panel:

Donna White – National Director Behaviour Support, NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission

Donna has been working at the NDIS Commission for over four years in a range of behaviour support positions and commenced in the National Director Behaviour Support role in June 2021. Donna has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years and prior to commencing with the NDIS Commission worked in a Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service in NSW.

Donna is a certified practicing speech pathologist and has extensive experience supporting people with disability who have complex communication, behavioural, forensic, trauma and health-related support needs.  Donna has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Master of Arts (Communication Disorders) and a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma. Donna is a published editor and author, and has presented at national and international conferences on issues related to clinical practice, intellectual disability, positive behaviour support and mental health.

Paul Jay – Self advocate and micro-entrepreneur

My name is Paul Jay, I am an independent person living in Fremantle. I am a music buff that enjoys live music, and a cafe connoisseur. I am also currently working on my own microenterprise that hopes to assist people like me to build the support network that is right for them.

Debbie LobbDirector of Professional Supports and Behaviour Support Consultant,  Microboards Australia

Debbie is a specialist behaviour practitioner and is known across the disability sector for her leadership roles in supporting organisations and families to understand the underlying needs and experiences of people with disability, particularly in relation to complex behaviour or communication needs. Debbie is regularly sought for her knowledge and experience in developing behaviour support models of practice and for her gentle supportive approach to partnering with people to go on a journey of discovery and support development.

Sally RobinsonProfessor of Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University

Sally does research with children, young people and adults with disability about what helps them feel safe, well and happy at difficult times in their lives. Most of her work is done in teams that include people with disability as researchers as well as asking them for their views. She also works with governments and organisations about how to listen to the things that matter to people with disability.

Who is this for:

  • Support coordinators
  • NDIS allied health professionals
  • Advocates

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this webinar or UpSkill training, click here, or email: upskill@summerfoundation.org.au

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