PBS specialists and consultants
PBS specialists and consultants
Due to the ever growing evidence of the importance of primary preventative measures City Care has developed its specialist team called the Central Support Team (CST). The CST consists of a PBS lead, Speech and Language Therapist, Autism lead and assistant practitioners. The CST also links into a group of external professional including a Clinical Psychologists and qualified behaviour analysists for specialist clinical supervision and complex behaviour assessments.
The CST not only works on a referral basis but works directly with individuals, their teams and stakeholders to provide bespoke packages and support the development of a consistent approach through sharing knowledge and based on best practice guidance.
Person centred planning as a vital process which involve the individual and all stakeholders, where possible a meeting should be held to discuss opportunities and learning that are important for the person. These should lead to specific opportunity and learning plans which ensure positive personally important outcomes for the person. The CST will also work with the teams to facilitate participation in meaningful activity using the active support model and encourage independent functioning so that the person learns new skills, has new opportunities and takes responsibility where possible using learning and opportunity plans; person-centred plans and/or planning processes
Some of the areas covered by the CST include;
• Behavioural assessments
• Positive behavioural support planning
• Functional assessment
• Transition planning
• Risk assessments
• Developing & supporting a person centred approach and support strategies
• Developing & maintaining functional living skills using tools such as AFLS
• Developing & maintaining communication aids
• Delivering specifically tailored training including autism, sensory differences, person centred thinking, communication, positive behavioural support
Timothy Haynes – Central Support Team Manger
I have been working adults with autism and learning disabilities for over 10 years.
I have a number of qualifications in this area including a BSc (Hons) Psychology, the NVQ LMC award, Positive Behavioural Support Advanced Professional Diploma. I am currently studying for a masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
I am especially interested in autism and I am a Team Leader for the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation process.
Laura Walter – Autism Lead
I have been working with individuals with Autism and Learning Disabilities for over 10 years. In this time I have completed an MA in Social Work and Post Graduate Diploma in Autism.
Whilst working for City Care Partnership I helped the organisation gain it’s first Autism Accreditation status.
Lauren Jenkinson Assistant Practitioner
I have worked with adults with learning disabilities and autism for a number of years and also have experience working with elderly people and those with acquired brain injuries.
In 2015 I completed my BSc (Hons) Psychology, with a focus on mental health and autism.
I am looking forward providing additional support to both the teams and the people we support.
Lisa Owens – Speech & Language Therapist
I completed a double honours degree course in Psychology and Speech Pathol-ogy at MMU in 2013 and began working with City Care Partnership in October 2013. I have first hand experience of autism, as I have a ‘grown up’ son on the spectrum. He has been my inspiration to learn more about autism, so that I can better understand the diffi-culties faced by people with autism and learning disa-bilities on a daily basis.
I enjoy working both with individuals and teams around the people we support, in order to help them communicate more effectively. I am also working alongside Lauren, Vicky and Tim in order to raise au-tism awareness, and implementing sensory diets that are tailored to an individual’s sensory profile.
Victoria James – Assistant Practitioner
I have 2 and a half years of experience as a support worker along with experience of working within mental health services. Prior to being a support worker I studied and gained a degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy. I am now currently studying for my masters in Health Psy-chology, which I hope to use in my role as assistant practitioner to help develop the service further.
The Central Support Team is also supported by Kate Strutt, Director of PBS at Redstone Psychology. http://redstonepbs.co.uk/pbs-manchester/
Kate is a clinical psychologist with over seventeen years experience working with people with cognitive impairments, intellectual disabilities and people with autism spectrum disorders. Kate is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology. Kate is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Over the last few years Kate has extended her knowledge of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), positive behavioural support (PBS) and active support through completing additional postgraduate training in these areas (MSc level) and through mentoring and supervision in her clinical practice from leaders in the field of PBS.