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RICHMOND, VICTORIA - 'Is there a better way?' A 2 day workshop on ways to understand and respond to people with disability who experience behaviours which cause us stress or concern

Developmental Disability WA

Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 9:30 am - Friday, 22 November 2019 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

RICHMOND, VICTORIA - 'Is there a better way?' A 2 day...

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Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Additional Family member/support worker of NDIS funded participant
This ticket is for additional family members or support workers who are attending with an NDIS participant/family member. This ticket covers both days and includes morning tea and lunch.
18/11/2019 $50.00 $0.00
Parents & Carers with NDIS funding
This ticket covers both days and includes morning tea and lunch.
18/11/2019 $585.20 $0.00
* Prices include GST

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Microboards Australia:  Is there a better way?  is a human rights and quality of life approach to understanding and responding to behaviour which is respectful of the expertise and lived experience of individuals and their families and communities.

 

Would you like to explore:

  • Why some people do things which can be harmful to themselves, others or to property, or which make it hard to include them?
  • How current research can help us to find more effective and ethical ways to respond?
  • Which teaching methods are more likely to assist learning for people who experience challenging behaviour?
  • How we can understand and support communication?
  • Considering the many different approaches to behaviour, how to engage in decision making with the person you support to meet their needs?
  • How we can use planning and reflection to work towards better long term outcomes?
  • How families and services can get on the same page?

If your answer is yes, then Is There a Better Way? might be a helpful workshop for you.

 

ITaBW? has been delivered to families, services and schools since 2013. In its 2019 evaluation of Is There a Better Way?, the University of WA Business School identified that participants experience significantly higher general well-being, resilience, hope, optimism, confidence and empowerment, as well as ability to apply what they had learnt to understand and approach challenging behaviours, even months after completing the course.


 

Who should attend: It’s ideal if as many people involved in supporting the person as possible attend ‘Is There a Better Way?’ so you can work together. Please feel welcome to invite other family members, friends, support workers and professionals involved in supporting the person.

 

About the presenter:  Jaquie Mills is the mother of a son with complex disability and behaviours which can be challenging.  A former high school teacher, Jaquie has a Master of Education in the area of Emotional Intelligence. Her search for a good life for her son has lead to her exploring a number of other roles including Chair of the Positive Behaviour Framework guiding committee (hosted by the Disability Services Commission in WA) which lead the process of sector reform in the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices. She lead the co-design process for the development of Developmental Disability WA's Side by Side peer program for families with loved ones who experience challenging behviour and is passionate about Family Leadership.

 

Jaquie also lead the development of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Complex Communication Needs) at Edith Cowan University which now includes a first of its kind unit in understanding the complex reasons for challenging behaviour for people with disability.

  

 In 2017 Jaquie was a WA finalist in the Australian of the Year awards in recognition of her work with people with disability. Jaquie is managing director of Microboards Australia, an organisation which supports the development of formal, unpaid networks around vulnerable people to support them to have the life they want, to be safe and to be included in their communities (www.microboard.org.au).

 

What people say about Is There a Better Way?

'The ITaBW? approach is something I could do. The traditional approaches we tried didn’t work - and what we learned in Is There a Better Way? was, well, it was a better way!'

 

'Being part of the Is There a Better Way? workshops allowed us in a collaborative way to sound out other people in similar and sometimes worse circumstances. It allowed our co-ordinator to be present and enabled us to engage her to work with our family as well. It reinforced with us some of the things we’re doing are ok, it’s not all doom and gloom, and it’s not our fault'.

 

‘Is There a Better Way?’ has given me hope that things can be improved for our family. I have been reluctant to ask for help even though I could feel us slowly ‘going under’ as the challenges grew. Society seems to forgive them easier when they are younger but as they get older the expectations get greater, especially when their disabilities are ‘unseen’.

 

'Thanks to the ‘Is There A Better Way?’ training, I have been encouraged to not feel guilty to ask for and receive help and that my children’s needs and challenges are valid even though they are different to the next person’s'.

 

'I feel empowered now to stand up and say that, as their family members, we actually know and understand them the best.'

Info:        mary.butterworth@ddwa.org.au or 9420 7230 (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri)  

Become a Member of DDWA: FREE for individuals https://ddwa.org.au/membership/

Have questions about RICHMOND, VICTORIA - 'Is there a better way?' A 2 day workshop on ways to understand and respond to people with disability who experience behaviours which cause us stress or concern? Contact Developmental Disability WA

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Daintree Room, Launchpad,
130 Cremorne St,
Richmond, Victoria 3121
Australia

Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 9:30 am - Friday, 22 November 2019 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)


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