Positive Behaviour Support – The Human Rights perspective

The Maybo curriculum accredited by BILD delivers training in the prevention and management of conflict and behaviours that challenge, in conjunction with the use of non-restrictive and restrictive physical skills where there is an evidenced need. We have a deep interest in the latest thinking and developments in this area of work and continually adapt and evolve our own methods to reflect this and further promote PBS within our programmes,  alongside the reduction of restrictive practices.

With this in mind Maybo CEO Bill Fox and Maybo Australia’s Intellectual Disability Specialist, Mark Wakefield attended this year’s BILD conference in Dublin. We've picked out some of the highlights to help you navigate through the extensive range of speakers and workshops.

Dublin 2015 was all about putting people first, not just in practice but in actuality. The rights of everyone should be respected regardless of their level of ability and we should do all that we can to ensure these Human Rights. Positive Behaviour Support is the tool that can help us to ensure these rights are respected and implemented.

A Symposium addressing the Human Rights issues for those with an Intellectual disability started off the event, looking at how staff training can influence outcomes, through the lens of legislation.

Sam Karim a barrister with a special interest in protecting the Human Rights of those with an intellectual disability gave the UK perspective while Karen Nankervis gave the Australia view.

“Meeting people's basic needs is fundamental in reducing restrictive practices.”

Andy Lees provided the Human and personal perspective with a stirring account of abuses of Human rights from around the world and around the corner on our own doorstep while Gary LaVigna spoke about the processes that needs to be in place to help support an individual and enable them to access a fulfilling life.

"Andy Lees St Anne's Community Services, a powerful presentation on shocking treatment of people with learning disabilities.”

The full Conference got under way with Fintan Sheerin giving an overview of how PBS needs to be considered in the context of human diversity; being truly person focused using inclusive practices that do not see people with an intellectual disability as different to the rest of the population and needing to be looked after, but as individuals with their own place in every day life.

“Fintan raises the question ‘what do you do to question practice?’”
“People need to have natural relationships not just paid ones if we want to be a truly accepting society. “

This position was firmly backed by Andy McDonnell with his affirmation that well-being was profoundly important as a part of Positive Behavior Support for individuals to reduce the need for restrictive practices.

“Everyone has the right to a life with positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning + accomplishments and achievement.”

 The need to use restrictive practices was also the question that Gary LaVigna tabled, suggesting that it is better to “Prevent” rather than “Cure”. He emphasised the need to have better proactive strategies built upon an understanding of the behavior through Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

 “Gary LaVigna There is no training about 'first resort' strategies. Therefore restrictive practices become the norm.”

This Analysis needs to be done in a structured and scientific way, which is something that Dr. Carl Hughes spoke about. He advocated for the better use of scientific procedures and suggested that practices are rigorously challenged to ensure that they are actually doing what we think they are.

“Behaviour can be studied as a science.  pic.twitter.com/FUCPqHntrx

Karen Nankervis spoke about the need to understand people as people and not their history in order to help them lead fulfilling lives and talked about the up skilling of parents in the use of PBS

“Karen Nankervis: Developing the skills of the family members in PBS helps them to support their child.”

This was something echoed by Umesh Sharma of Monash university who also advocated that sometimes it is the teacher and not the child that is the problem.

Umesh Sharma "Is it a learning disability or teaching disability?" Teachers need support to develop effective teaching strategies
"Why not empower parents - it is the best way to prevent  challenging behaviour”

The need to improve school and teaching was the theme of Randall De Pry who talked about systemic changes in schools using PBS. He argues that there needs to be a change in how schools perceive the need to manage behaviour and change what they do rather that focus on focusing on individual children. He used one of my favourite phrases, “Catch the children doing good.”

“ Intervene when the behaviour is NOT occurring.”

Ann Chivers the CEO of BILD Launched the Centre for Advancement of PBS and premiered a short animation for parents, cares and support workers explaining PBS.  

As always, the Conference was thought provoking and inspiring, providing me with renewed enthusiasm and drive to assist Maybo to continue to promote the rights of people, using PBS and our accredited models of intervention to ensure a safer place for everyone.

Click here for more information on the speakers and their presentations.







































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Posted by Maybo on June 4, 2015



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