DROWNING BY DAVID PITONYAK

It might seem odd that a professional would ignore someone who is drowning. But as David Pitonyak explains, this happens all the time in our field. People who have disabilities and difficult behavior are often overboard and terrified, and we barely seem to notice.

About the module: Jumping Into the Chaos by David Pitonyak

David Pitonyak has a way of understanding and communicating the needs of people who have been labelled as having challenging behavior that is profoundly straightforward. This module offers a unique compilation of tips gleaned from David’s library of adventure books (most particularly, Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm). Often people with challenging behavior are overboard, drowning, terrified, and we barely seem to notice.

David Pitonyak explains the ways in which people can change physiologically and psychologically in the face of threat and helps us to understand why remaining calm and clear of purpose is critical to the well-being of a person in crisis.

This module features presentations from David Pitonyak, Beth Mount, and Doreen Kelly.

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

– Understand the ways in which we change physiologically and psychologically in the face of threat.

– Understand why remaining calm and clear of purpose is critical to the well-being of a person in crisis.

– Contribute to a crisis support plan based on the unique needs of the individual served.

– Understand the importance of a support plan for the person’s supporters based on their unique needs.

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