Assessment & Intervention
The ultimate goal of assessment is to identify why the person engages in the challenging behaviour. Behavioural assessment involves analysis of information obtained from interviews, observation, existing reports, and written/video records. You can make a good start on assessment prior to seeing a professional by collating previous reports and keeping records about incidents of challenging behaviour. You will be provided with a written report of the assessment findings.
Intervention involves using the assessment findings to identify what strategies are most likely to reduce the challenging behaviour and keep people safe. Developing a behaviour support plan is done collaboratively with the person (where possible) and their family, carers, and decision-makers. The intervention needs to be practical, meet the person's underlying needs in more appropriate ways, and be implemented as agreed. Most change is achieved early in intervention, but for some people it takes much persistence and incremental steps to achieve significant change. You will be provided with an intervention plan so you know what to do to prevent and manage the challenging behaviour.
Training is for carers, families, and anyone else who has a role in implementing an individual's behaviour support plan. Training involves coaching people in how to implement the strategies in the plan. Research shows that having a documented behaviour support plan is usually insufficient for carers to implement it. After all, to create change in the person's behaviour we are often needing to do things differently ourselves, and this change takes practice. You might elect to have information sessions, demonstrations, observations in the real setting, and/or periodic feedback at family/team meetings.
We are approved Primary and Secondary Supervisors with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency for the following Provisional (intern) Psychologists:
4 + 2 pathway
5 + 1 pathway
We are also able to provide clinical supervision or peer consultation to other practitioners who seek to deliver high quality behavioural assessment and intervention services.
Organisational consulting is available for staff groups that need training in behaviour support matters, or for organisations that seek to embed positive behaviour support practices across their organisation. Topics for training and consultation may include:
Introduction to challenging behaviour
Introduction to intellectual disability and ASD
Positive behaviour support
Behavioural record keeping
Development of positive behaviour support plans
Critical incident review
Practice leadership in positive behaviour support