Get to know the types of plans professionals use when supporting people with disabilities, and how they are best used in different situations. Unpack the skills needed to put these plans into place – including verbal and non-verbal communication.
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Note: This subject is a part of La Trobe University's Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice, which will become available for application in Semester 2. Students who complete this subject in Semester 1 will be able to apply for credit towards these programs.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
Differentiate the elements of an effective individualised support plan;
Critically evaluate various individualised support plans for people with cognitive disabilities;
Reflect on how to work with a person with cognitive disability to develop a person centred support plan;
Work autonomously and as part of a team to develop an individualised support plan for a person with cognitive disability;
Communicate effectively and sensitively a support plan to a person with cognitive disability, their family and carers.
In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE).
Note: Students wishing to apply for either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice based on the completion of postgraduate single subjects should familiarise themselves with La Trobe's advanced standing policy. A maximum of two (2) or four (4) subjects may be credited to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programs, respectively.
1 x 10 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22.
3 x 1 hour scheduled online class during semester, from week 10 to week 22
Person centred planning and practice has become a catch all phase referring to the development and implementation of effective individualised support plans for people with disability. This subject explores the different contexts and types of individualised plans that professionals may be required to utilise and the key skills and elements of the planning process. These will include effective communication, including verbal and non- verbal techniques, strategies for identifying needs and resources, and using multiple theoretical stances to provide insights into different perspectives on needs.
Support Plan Critique - Students to critique a support plans and suggest improvements.
10-minute Group Presentation of Support Plan - Based on a team of about 3 students. Students to use online tool to present and record their plan.
Individualised Support Plan - This individual submission follows the group presentation.
Support Plan Critique (1,800- words equivalent) (35%)
10-minute Group Presentation of Support Plan (equivalent to approx. 750-1000 words per student). (20%)
Individualised Support Plan (2,500-words equivalent) (45%)