Building Friendships and Community

http://youtu.be/SbNEig6HZwE

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 and then goes on to explain their value. Finally, she offers a full range of strategies that workers can use to not only build but also maintain friendships and community.

This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Dave Hingsburger, Lynda Kahn, Margaret Cushen, Steve Dymond, Beth Mount, Dave Hasbury, Patti Scott, and Jack Pearpoint.

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

 

    • Explain the discrimination, prejudice and institutionalization that people have experienced and how it impacts on their experience of friendships and community.
    • Define and explain the importance of both friendship and community.
    • Describe a range of approaches and strategies that can be applied to help people to find and build friendships and community.
    • Explain the importance of and how people can maintain the friendships they have in their lives.
    • Detail the potential challenges that you may face and explain how you can help the people you support to tackle negative and discriminatory attitudes.

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

https://youtu.be/2ugUN1mFyio

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’ written by Karyn Harvey.

This module will help you to understand the biology of trauma. This module will help you to be able to recognize, and most importantly support and heal the trauma that people have experienced.

Learning Outcomes for This Module

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to

– Identify and be sensitive to the trauma that many people have experienced.

– Describe the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

– Understand and support the key ingredients to healing.

– Implement practices that support the power of positivity and the five levels of happiness.

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DROWNING BY DAVID PITONYAK

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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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