In light of The Ryan Report (2009) this comprehensive training pack will provide staff with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure the safety and personal development of individuals with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs.
Personal Development, Relationships and Staying Safe: A training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs will provide frontline caregivers the skills and knowledge to teach and inform their service users about a variety of complex and sensitive issues around developing their own identity, forming relationships and staying safe in the context of physical and sexual abuse.
The aims of this training course are to increase staff awareness, understanding and knowledge of the topic of staying safe, the promotion of personal development and relationships specifically for persons with high support and complex needs i.e. people with a severe to profound level of intellectual disability. As well as this, the course can be used to provide staff with practical skills to help individuals who use intellectual disability services to learn about safety, personal development and relationships.
About the Author
Marie Walsh> is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in the area of intellectual disability. Marie currently works with both children and adults with intellectual disability who present with co-morbid conditions and behaviour that challenges. A long-time advocate for safeguarding vulnerable individuals with intellectual disability and the prevention of risks to vulnerable adults in various service settings, Marie strives to raise awareness of these issues with colleagues and organisations. It is the well-being of vulnerable adults that has motivated Marie to develop this training programme. Geraldine Cregg is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of Intellectual Disability since 1995. She has worked extensively with adult survivors of sexual abuse both with and without an Intellectual Disability and has worked primarily with service users who present with multiple and complex needs. Her heightened awareness of the vulnerability of those with the greatest levels of disability and high dependency needs led to her collaboration in the development of this training programme.