Dr Damian EM Milton, Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise (Adults and Community), National Autistic Society, will open the conference on 28th September 2017. Damian has a son with Autism and was himself diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 36. Damian will undoubtedly provide us with something to think about when he delivers his presentation ‘Ten rules for ensuring ‘challenging behaviour’ and maybe what to do about it’! We will also have a presentation by Caroline Dench from the Callan Institute, Ireland which will consider the ‘Wheel of Optimal Living’ and what makes life good and where to look if there is a behaviour of concern. And Lead Occupational Therapist, Helen Allison Schools / NAS – Corinna Laurie who will help us to explore sensory strategies and provide us with some suggestions of how these may be applied to provide optimum support.
In addition there will be presentations by Sarah Hendrickx, an autism trainer who herself was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Sarah is someone who brings practical solutions to the everyday challenges encountered by professionals, autistic people and families and is known to ‘tell it as it is’ which should prove thought provoking for the audience.
Continuing the Mental Health theme Dr Rachel Worthington a Consultant Psychologist who has worked in secure settings and a trained PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor working for Mental Health Care in Denbighshire N. Wales and Malcolm Pearce from Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will also deliver presentations around their experiences.
Extension workshops will be available in the afternoon where delegates can explore these topics further.
If you are a commissioner, a professional in the education or health and social care sector, a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor or a parent or carer of someone who, from time to time, exhibits behaviours of concern, the conference is a great place to share experiences with like-minded individuals, keep up to date with industry changing regulations and learn new ways of working. For those who are already PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructors this event will fulfil the mandatory CPD requirements for the year, ensuring eligibility to attend your Instructor Re-certification.
On the evening of the first day you are also welcome to help celebrate good practice at our Dinner & Awards Ceremony when we recognise your hard work by presenting awards for Innovative Practice, PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Instructor of the Year and Implementing Positive Practice.