Free Webinar Schedule
We will be hosting a free webinar every Tuesday at 3pm UK Time (BST) on a series of topics from a range of speakers. These will be hour long live presentations with an hour of discussion in response to questions posted during the presentation.
Resources, including PowerPoints and recordings of the live sessions, will be available to view shortly after the session has been broadcast for up to 4 weeks - scroll down for past webinars. Past sessions are shown in red, and future sessions in green. To sign up, please register for each event separately.
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 9th June, 10am - 4pm BST
'Supporting Young People Using a Wellbeing Approach'
There will be no free webinar this week as we are hosting our second live, interactive web conference for families, professionals, teachers and practitioners! Join us for an informative day how best to support children and young people in a range of settings using a wellbeing-based approach, with speakers David Walker, Gareth D. Morewood and Dr. Pooky Knightsmith!
Discounts are available for families and groups.
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.
Catch Up on Past Webinars
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,
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.