Understanding Complex and Challenging Needs
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- 29 Jul 2019
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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:
- Define 'complex and challenging needs' within the context of disability practice;
- Synthesise complex information about different theories of behaviour and their application to the 'complex and challenging needs' of people with disabilities;
- Critically evaluate a behaviour support plan;
- Analyse critically the obstacles to the successful implementation of behaviour support intervention that are likely to exist in various settings;
- Develop and defend a behaviour support plan for a person with disability who displays complex and challenging behaviours.
- Attachment Theory
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Psychologically Informed Environments
- Embedded Multimedia
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Web links
- Resources and Links
- Audio-Video streaming
In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE). https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/postgraduate-single-subjects-oua-oua-psu-gce?year=2019
No special requirements
Many people with disabilities have complex support needs related to the interplay of social disadvantage and multiple other factors such as poor health or mental health, cognitive impairment, autism or limited communication that leads to challenging behaviours and their exclusion from services, the imposition of restrictive practices or incarceration in the criminal justice system. In this subject, students will explore the various sub-groups of people with disability who have complex support needs and explore different theoretical approaches to understanding and supporting challenging behaviours, such as positive behaviour support, psychodynamic theory and enabling environments.
Theories of behaviour forum - Forum postings on readings around theories of behaviour support. Support Plan Critique - Students to critique a support plan based on a given scenario. Support Plan Development - Students to develop and justify/defend a support against given criteria.
- Theories of behaviour forum (500-word equivalent) (10%)
- Support Plan Critique (2,000- word equivalent (40%)
- Support Plan Development (2,500-word equivalent) (50%)
Textbook information is pending.