UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX AND CHALLENGING NEEDS
Credit points: 15
The complex support needs of people with cognitive disabilities arise from interplay between multiple factors such as social disadvantage, poor physical and/or mental health, and impaired cognition and communication. Challenging behaviours are exhibited by many people with cognitive disability as a result of their complex support needs. Such behaviours often entail their exclusion from services or the imposition of restrictive practices. In this subject, students will explore behavioural and non-behavioural perspectives on understanding challenging behaviours, and both individual and systemic interventions to create change. Three principal research-based interventions are explored: Positive Behaviour Support, Attachment, and the creation of Psychologically-Informed Environments. Students will be encouraged to master each of these distinct approaches before making judgements about which is most appropriate for a person in a particular context.
SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport
Subject Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveNo
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New Directions in the Treatment of Aggressive behaviour for Persons with Mental and Developmental Disabilities
AuthorLiberman, R.P., & Lavinga, G.W.
PublisherNova Science Publishers: New York
Incorporating Attachment Theory into Practice: Clinical Practice Guideline for Clinical Psychologists working with People who have Intellectual Disabilities
AuthorSkelly, A., Fletcher, H.K., Flood, A., & Jones, L.
PublisherThe British Psychological Society
Attachment in Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Clinician's Guide to Practice and Research
AuthorFletcher, H.K., Flood, A., & Hare, D.J.
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Online
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSian Anderson
Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 h scheduled online class every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 10.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Support Plan critique (2000 words equivalent). Students to critique a plan and suggest recommendations to improve it.
Annotated bibliography (500 words equivalent). Assessment will provide students with solid grounding in attachment through the review of published key works.
Comparative essay (1500 words equivalent). Essay requires students to compare environmental rather than individual interventions for challenging behaviour.
3 x 200-word online forum posts (600 word equivalent). Students participate in moderated online forum (each worth 5%). These draw upon case scenarios provided.