Behind every word you write, there is a person. Enjoy this… Written by John Raffaele this module starts by detailing the basics of creating professionally produced and meaningful documentation. John goes on to introduce the person-centered approach of writing with … Continue reading
Communication is the most complex human skill. It is the way we understand the world, express ourselves as individuals, make choices, develop relationships, build trust and control our lives. Our module by renowned speech and language specialist, Sue Thurman, provides … Continue reading
Are you an angel? Watch this film by Dave Hingsbuger.
The people you support can and should make decisions. This module will help you to learn how.
The relationship you have with the people you support is an intimate one. Over time you develop trust, respect and understanding. This module will help you to understand how you can support people to claim their voice so they can express their opinions, and make their choices.
This module includes video presentations from Michael Kendrick, Malia Carlotto, and Bob Fleischner.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
– Understand the different ways that people make decisions.
– Describe supported decision-making and how it works.
– Explain the support people will need to make their own decisions.
Module Length: 95 Minutes
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Narrated by Beth Mount, this excerpt from our module “Valued Social Roles” explains the importance of helping people to build wide, deep and sustaining relationships.
This module is written by Marc Tumeinski from the Social Role Valorization (SRV) Implementation Project. Marc uses his intimate knowledge of SRV to help learners to reflect on both the barriers to the “Good Things of Life” and how valued social roles may help the people we support to have greater access to these good things.
This module includes video presentations from Marc Tumeinski, Gary Kent, Beth Mount, Steve Dymond, Jack Pearpoint, and Simon Duffy.
On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:
- Describe related elements of social devaluation: negative perception followed by negative treatment.
- Describe a shared practice of human service involving vision, attitudes, and skills and actions.
- Understand and articulate a shared practice for supporting the people you support.
- Describe the “good things in life” and valued social roles with examples, and also explain how they are linked.
- Describe devalued roles as wounds, how these occur, and what the consequences of these wounds may be.
- Understand and articulate skills and attitudes which support our vision including: Stepping into the shoes of the people you support, serving one person at a time, and holding high, positive expectations for the people you support and for ourselves.
- Describe how rejection, distancing, and communication can be potential barriers to applying this vision.
- Explain how you can be a better listener.
- Explain how person-centered planning can help to raise possibilities and expectations.
- Understand the importance of, and how to enhance image and competency, and how to avoid the associated challenges that may include life wasting, lost opportunities, and society’s own perception.
The song ‘Seven Ways to Cause a Crisis’ highlight what do we do that actually causes a crisis to happen in someone’s life? What do we (ie: support staff, team, system. support plan) unintentionally do that causes crisis in the … Continue reading
SEX…have I got your attention? In this video, Gary Kent gives everyone something to think about. Kent sheds light on the idea of how people with disabilities have a lack of control over their own lifes. His blunt and straightforward example of how even the opportunity to have sexual relations is controlled by others, gives us all something to think about.
Your staff can now learn about “Understanding and Promoting Rights” with either our long or new short version module. But first watch this fun music video we made about rights, community and more! Our new module “Understanding and Promoting Rights … Continue reading
This Side by Side module is the second part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship. Any good relationship requires work, care, … Continue reading
This module is the first part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship. The relationship between you and your staff can be … Continue reading
This module will explain what some of your most important rights are. This module includes presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Simon Duffy, Harvey Pact, and Peter Leidy After completing this module, you will be able to: … Continue reading
This module is written by Marc Tumeinski from the Social Role Valorization (SRV) Implementation project. Marc uses his intimate knowledge of SRV to help support professionals to reflect on both the barriers to the “Good Things of Life” and how … Continue reading
Communication is the most complex human skill. It is the way we understand the world, express ourselves as individuals, make choices, develop relationships, build trust and control our lives. In this module, the renowned speech and language specialist, Sue Thurman, … Continue reading
In this module, leading expert Kay Mills frames her personal experiences with stories of people she has worked with to comprehensively explain how we can help people to build friendships and community. Kay begins by defining both friendships and community … Continue reading
Repeated exposure to abuse, social exclusion and rejection has had a devastating affect on the people we support. Trauma affects the way our brains develop and function and it leaves a lasting impression. Welcome to our new module titled ‘Trauma-Informed Care’ … Continue reading
Learn how everyone can take control of their lives and watch this trailer from our module “Self-Determination”. In this module, the author Simon Duffy uses his expansive knowledge to explain what self-determination means. A combination of graphics and short films combine with Duffy’s easy read writing style to highlight the importance of control and the understanding that everyone can take control of their lives.
Being person-centered helps you to learn about and understand the uniqueness of each person that you support. With the aid of both Beth Mount and Simon Duffy, your staff will have a better understanding of how being person-centered helps the people we support to take control of their lives and make their own choices. Continue reading
P.S. We just released a new short version of our module “Abuse Prevention.” After completing this new bite size 80 minute module you will be able to: – Describe what abuse is, along with the signs, symptoms, causes, circumstances, patterns, … Continue reading
David Pitonyak is back with another five things you can do to support someone who has behavior that is challenging. When the person you support is going through a difficult time, friendships, a positive identity, fairness, and fun are commonly … Continue reading
Yeah we did it! Our learning modules are now officially accredited by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals! Direct Support Professionals can now use our modules to complete the national credentialing program. Contact us at email@example.com for more information. The … Continue reading
This new module, written by the great John Raffaele, uses 12 wonderful short films to tell 12 memorable stories that will help your staff member to learn how they can be a bigger and better part of your organization.
This new module, Dementia Strategies, offers a wide range of practical strategies that will support the environment of the person with dementia. Continue reading
We have broken down the steps to employment into three bite size modules regarding employment. These three side-by-side modules with both the staff assist as well as the people we support to think about becoming employed, the types of employment opportunities available, and how to find employment and stay employed. Continue reading
This module helps staff members to understand the perspectives of families, to understand that there is no such thing as a difficult family, as well as, to help explain the impact of stress on family and how to alleviate such stresses as they transition into services. Continue reading
This module, created by David Pitonyak, explains the importance of staff members getting to know the people they support. They need to understand that all behavior is meaningful and the importance of having support plans in place. Continue reading
This module, Intensive Interaction, is based on an approach to teaching communication skills to people with autism and/or profound intellectual disabilities. This module will help staff members understand what Intensive Interaction is and how to support the people who need it. Continue reading
What if support staff and the people they support could use the time they spend together, to learn together?
Side by Side has been designed so that people who receive support and people who provide support can learn together.