Supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties requires the input of a variety of professionals, including:
- Mental health professionals (e.g. psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, counsellors and mental health nurses).
- Allied health professionals (e.g. speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers).
- Supervisory professionals (e.g. managers, team learners, supervisors, coordinators, consultants and other professionals in leadership positions).
Each professional provides a critical service not only to the individual but also to their families and support staff. This is essential because challenging behaviour does not happen in a vacuum, but is the product of the interaction between the:
- individual and the communication partner/s,
- individual and the activity, and
- individual and the environment.
Enabling change requires all the key people (e.g. families and direct support staff) to have a ‘mind set’ or a ‘mind shift’ to effectively support and respond to the individual. Ensuring everyone involved has the same expectations and interacts and responds to the individual consistently is a challenge.
If any of this sounds familiar, then you have come to the right place. Behaviour Zen provides a range of resources (Behaviour Zen Web Based App, Behaviour Zen YouTube channel videos and Behaviour Zen booklet series) to address these challenges.