This section will feature contemporary and relevant practitioner articles demonstrating best practice in low arousal supports. This series of articles written by Studio 3 key staff and trainers show how Studio 3 principles of Low Arousal Support and positive psychology are used in practice by members of our team.
DISABILITY AS A SOCIAL GRACE: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
By Stephanie Bews-Pugh
In this article, I reflect on my experience of having a hidden disability and how this informs my practice as an Assistant Psychologist. Throughout I use some illustrative examples, both from my personal life and from a clinical case study.
MALIGNANT ALIENATION: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
By Lauren Naismith and Marion O'Shea
The purpose of this article is to make practitioners more aware of malignant alienation, why it occurs, how it affects our work, and the best way to manage it.
PRACTICE-BASED EVIDENCE: A PATHWAY FOR PERSON-CENTRED SUPPORT
By Marion O'Shea
In recent years, there has been a move towards making research more representative of the diversity that we see around us. This article discusses the need for practice-based evidence to inform support in the context of neurodiversity.
ANGER, THE CLIENT-PRACTITIONER RELATIONSHIP, AND THE LOW AROUSAL APPROACH
By Manfred Davies and Ethan McGuirk
The primary purpose of this article is to help practitioners, families, and wider communities support individuals with a learning disability presenting with anger. This article briefly describes how anger arises in the learning disability community, shows fictitious examples of anger and provides tangible actions.
PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS: Reducing Restrictive Practices in Schools Using the LASER Approach
By Gareth D. Morewood and Andrew McDonnell
This short article describes how the Studio 3 LASER Programme approaches the difficult topic of reducing physical interventions and other restrictive practices within schools and other educational settings.
THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: Applying the Low Arousal Approach to Persons Who Engage in Behaviours of Concern
By Karolina Morgalla, Andrew McDonnell, Carl Benton and Tarendeep Johal
This article provides a case study in Low Arousal, demonstrating the application of Low Arousal Approaches to a person who is distressed.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STAFF STRESS AND
By Ethan McGuirk and Matthew MacGillivray
The key aim of this article is to provide a personal perspective that demonstrates the power of stress management and Low Arousal approaches in real-life settings.
THE FAMILY PERSPECTIVE
By Hannah McAuliffe and Marion O'Shea
Autism is a condition that continues to be misunderstood and stigmatised in society today. This can make it increasingly difficult for autistic individuals and their families to access support structures. This article offers an insight into supporting autistic individuals from a family perspective.
EMPATHIC STRESS SUPPORT
By Profesor Andrew McDonnell
The second in this series of practitioner articles, this article goes on to describe a more ecclectic, humanistic approach to supporting distressed individuals, moving away from behaviourist techniques and philosophies. Professor Andrew McDonnell discusses a new model for working with vulnerable adults and children: Empathic Stress Support (ESS).
THE RECOVERING BEHAVIOURIST
By Profesor Andrew McDonnell
As a Clinical Psychologist with almost 30 years experience, Professor McDonnell describes himself as a 'behaviourist in recovery'. From his roots as a 'radical behaviourist' in the 1980s to his current, eclectic approach to clinical supports, Professor McDonnell shares his journey and why he no longer subscribes to the behaviour psychologist philosophies of his early career.