Understanding Complex and Challenging Needs
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- 28 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:
- Critique the way in which 'complex and challenging needs' are understood 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;
- Appraise the significance of different types of attachment in childhood, and how these are established, in order to understand the way adults approach relationships with others.
- Critically appraise and defend judgements about the contexts in which either positive behaviour support, attachment or the creation of Psychologically-Informed Environments (PIE) are likely to be effective, separately or in combination.
- Critically appraise the concept of Psychologically-Informed Environments (PIE) and Trauma-Informed Care.
- Critically appraise and defend judgements about the contexts in which either positive behaviour support, attachment or the creation of Psychologically-Informed Environments (PIE) are likely to be effective, separately or in combination
- 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 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. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/getting-started/new-students/advanced-standing
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.
Support Plan Critique - Students to critique a plan and suggest recommendations to improve it. Annotated Bibliography - Assessment will provide students with solid grounding in attachment through the review of published key works. Comparative Essay - Essay requires students to compare behavioural approaches and explain environmental rather than individual interventions for challenging behaviour. word online form posts - Students participate in moderated online fora throughout the semester (each worth 5%). These 'debates' draw upon case scenarios provided.
- Support Plan Critique (2,000- word equivalent (10%)
- Annotated Bibliography (500-word equivalent) (40%)
- Comparative essay (1,500-word equivalent) (35%)
- 3 X 200 word online forum posts (600 word equivalent (15%)
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