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Belonging & Beyond Behaviour - David Pitonyak (GRANDE PRAIRIE + other)

Date: April 6, 2018


Fri, April 6, 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM MDT

David will be presenting live in Grande Prairie and simulcast to multiple locations including: Peace River, Barrhead, High Level, Jasper and Athabasca

Lunch will not be provided. We recommend that you bring your own bagged lunch.

The impact of loneliness in the lives of people who experience disabilities, particularly as it relates to difficult behaviours • What people may be communicating through their behaviours • The importance of asking critical quality of life questions in building a support plan • The critical importance of addressing caregiver needs in the development of a support plan •Strategies for supporting a person in crisis

This workshop will be of interest for anyone who cares for, or supports, people with intellectual and developmental disabilties who encounter challenging or difficult behavior. Community suppport workers, teacher aids, program coordinators, behavior consultants, support plan writters, family members, counselors, mentors, neighbor and friends are all welcome.

David Pitonyak, Ph.D. is internationally recognized as a leader in supporting people with complex support needs. He is particularly interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviours. He believes that difficult behaviours are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings. Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviours is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to change.

David has consulted with families and professionals throughout the United
States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England and Ireland