Free Webinar Schedule

We will be hosting a series of free webinars on a range of topics from a variety of speakers. These will be hour long live presentations with an hour of discussion in response to questions posted during the presentation. 


Scroll down for past webinar resources. 

Catch Up on Past Webinars

Monday 27th September, 3pm - 5pm UK Time

Topic: Connections Over Compliance

Speaker: Lori Desautels, PhD

Dr. Lori Desautels has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016, where she teaches both Undergraduate and Graduate programmes. Lori has designed a graduate certification to meet the needs of educators, counsellors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma. Lori’s work in neuroscience centres around illustrating how educators, practitioners and professionals must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behaviour and calm the brain, and her work has many implications in the sector of managing challenging behaviour within care environments and educational settings.

Tuesday 22nd June, 3pm - 5pm UK Time

Topic: Autistic Girls

Speakers: Lynn McCann and Jodie Smitten

Lynn McCann is an autism specialist teacher providing support, training, advice and resources, as well as being a powerful advocate and author. Jodie Smitten is an autism specialist with years of experience working with autistic children as well as supporting autistic children of her own. Lynn and Jodie will co-present on supporting autistic girls, with Jodie speaking about masking and Lynn speaking about supporting anxiety and self-esteem. 

Monday 12th April, 3pm - 5pm GMT

Topic: 'A Family Perspecitve on Lockdown and Stress'

Speaker: Dr Carrie Grant MBE - Broadcaster, Coach and Campaigner

Carrie is a BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate. Her TV and music career has spanned over 40 years. Carrie is President of the Unite Union for Community Practitioners and Health Visitors (CPHVA) as well as being the Patient Lead for the College of Medicine and an Ambassador for Crohn’s & Colitis UK, The National Autistic Society and The Diana Award. She is Mum to four children with special needs, and is a keen campaigner  on the subject of Health and Education. Together with her husband, David, she runs a support group for families of autistic girls (inc non-binary/trans) with over 150 families. Carrie will be speaking about the impact of lockdown on families and stress levels. 

Tuesday 28th July, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: 'Challenging' Behaviour

Speaker: Jamie Emberson, Director of Wellbeing at Changing Lives Building Dreams (CLBD)

Jamie joins us again for another insightful webinar into the world of 'challenging' behaviour, the stigma around how we perceive behaviour in the caring environment, and what we as practitioners, carers and supporters can do to change the way behaviour is viewed and managed. This session will, as Elly Chapple would say, 'flip the narrative' on how we view behaviour, and whose behaviour really matters.

Tuesday 21st July, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Neurodiversity - It Takes All Different Kinds of Mind

Speaker: Andrew Smith, Inclusion Ambassador and SEND Advocate for schools

"Education shouldn't just be about getting good grades. I know first hand as I got the best GCSEs in my school, but dropped out of university a few years later due to immense difficulties.

I am also autistic, and it turns out people like me need more than just good grades to thrive.

I now work as the Inclusion Ambassador/ SEND Advocate at Bury Council, in addition to running the Facebook page ‘Autistic Life’ in my spare time. My goal is to make sure that the current generation of SEND children and young people avoid the struggles previous generations have faced.

I want to share what should be done differently based on my experience, and the experiences of over 3,000 SEND children and young people who have shared their thoughts with me on what will enable them to succeed. We have created our top 5 things that every parent or professional needs to know or do.”

Tuesday 7th July, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: The PERMAH Model and Character Strengths

Speaker: Jamie Emberson, Director of Wellbeing at Changing Lives Building Dreams (CLBD)

Jamie is part of the Studio III Team and is a Consultant with them for Mindfulness and Emotional and Social Intelligence. His interests as a practitioner are in the fields of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology Interventions and Strengths-based approach practices. Jamie will be speaking about the PERMAH Model and how it can be applied to support distressed people, as well as the importance of Character Strengths and their relationship to the Model. Audience participation is invited during this session.

Tuesday 30th June, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Mindfulness for Families and Staff

Speaker: Dene Donalds, Co-founder of Pathways Associates Community Interest Company 

Dene is the co-founder of Pathways who, with its sister organisation North West Training and Development Team, are working towards the full inclusion of disabled people in community life, through partnerships with disabled people, families and organisations. Research has shown that mindfulness may prove to be valuable in assisting family members, supporters and staff to enhance the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities. This presentation will describe what mindfulness is and how supporters can use mindfulness in practical ways to improve the quality of life of individuals they support. 

Tuesday 16th June, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Low Arousal Approaches in Older Adults

Speaker: Steve Allison, Studio 3 Principle Trainer

Principle trainer in de-escalation and crisis management, Steve Allison, joins us this week to talk about applying Low Arousal Approaches with older adults who may have acquired brain injuries, dementia, autism, or a range of additional needs. Whilst the focus is often on children and young people who display distressed behaviour, Low Arousal Approaches can also be used to support older adults experiencing distress at home or in care settings. 

For more information on the Low Arousal Approach, why not check out our one-day training available every Friday.

Tuesday 2nd June, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Eradicating Restraint and Seclusion

Speaker: Professor Andrew McDonnell

Originator of the Low Arousal Approach and a strong advocate for the eradication of restrictive practices in care settings, Professor Andrew McDonnell shares his practical approaches to creating a restraint and seclusion free culture. This presentation will contain a combination of academic theories and practical examples in ways to not only reduce, but eliminate restraint and seclusion for young people and adults in care settings.

Tuesday 26th May, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: There's Much More to Life than Services

Speaker: Bob Rhodes, Lives Through Friends

Bob has spent more than half a century exploring and demonstrating what it takes to design and deliver services that support people to pursue a self-directing and relationship-rich good life rather than a service dependent existence. He’ll share his framework for change at every level in this webinar.


'We have only to list those things that truly make our lives worth living to understand that, when community becomes commercialised and care professionalised, life is hollowed out.'

Tuesday 12th May, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Lean on Me: The Psychobiological Cost of Caregiving

Speaker: Professor Mark Wetherell, Northumbria University

Mark is a specialist in the psychobiological causes and consequences of stress, how stress gets inside the body and why it has different effects on different people. This talk will describe what happens when we get stressed and how this can be helpful in the short-term. To show the long-term effects of chronic stress on health and well-being, Mark will present research on caregivers and highlight findings that could be important in developing techniques to buffer the harmful effects of chronic stress.

Tuesday 5th May, 3pm - 5pm BST

Topic: Causes and Management of Self-Injurious Behaviours

Speaker: Paul Burbage, Studio 3

Paul is a Studio 3 Trainer specialising in managing distressed behaviour. With over 13 years’ experience, his background is in adult and children Autism and Learning Disabilities services in Australia, Ireland and the UK in front-line and service management roles, as well as with behaviour management training delivery in Ireland and the UK. This will focus on practical advice for supporting individuals in crisis who struggle to manage self-injurious behaviour based on the Low Arousal Approach.

Tuesday 28th April

TOPIC - Sulky, Rowdy, Rude: Using Low Arousal Approaches to Manage Behaviour of Concern in Children and Young People

Bo is a clinical psychologist based in Scandinavia whose work has fundamentally focused on managing distressed behaviour. Drawing on his book of the same title, Bo Hejlskov Elvén will present on applying a Low Arousal framework to managing behaviour of concern. Have you ever been in a situation where someone’s behaviour seems too challenging to handle? This talk will focus on how, by dealing with our own stress and behaviour first, we can manage and in time reduce crisis incidents such as these.

Tuesday 21st April 

TOPIC - The Relationship is the Therapy - Complex Children Need Kind and Slightly Crazy Carers

Studio 3 Director and originator of the 'Good Life' Foster Care approach using the Safety, Stability, Repair and Resilience (SSRR) Model, David Walker specialises in therapeutically-led placements for children in care. Although David's seminar will focus on using the SSRR approach in foster care and residential children's services, his webinar will resonate for anyone who works therapeutically with people who have led complex and difficult lives.

Tuesday 14th April 

TOPIC - Psychoeducation: Should I Tell My Child They Have Autism,

and How?

Internationally-respected Autism expert Peter Vermeulen will be speaking about Psychoeducation, the process of informing an individual about their diagnosis. Peter argues that this should be done in a positive, honest and - most importantly - fun way that encourages children (and adults) to embrace their diagnosis. 

Tuesday 7th April 

TOPIC - Using Low Arousal Approaches in Learning Environments

Educational Adviser Gareth D Morewood will be speaking about how to practically implement Low Arousal Approaches in schools and other learning environments using a whole-school, inclusive model. 

Tuesday 31st March

TOPIC - The Low Arousal Approach: A Practitioner's Guide

The first in our series of free online webinars was presented by Professor Andrew McDonnell, who spoke about Low Arousal Approaches to managing challenging behaviour, and what makes a good low arousal practitioner.