Web-Based Conferences

 We have decided to run a series of web conferences every month in an endeavor to make information, advice and support widely available to anyone in need during this period. 

 

These conferences are available at a low cost, with discounts available for families, associates of Studio 3 and groups. They will be hosted on the Zoom webinar system and will consist of a maximum of three speakers in one day. Each talk will last up to an hour, with time allowed for live discussion and the opportunity to ask questions. There will be breaks in between each speaker, and delegates are able to enjoy these presentations from the comfort of their own home. 

Please note that block bookings are available for a discounted subscriber fee. To discuss multiple or group bookings, contact us directly at admin@studio3.org.

Upcoming Conference Schedule

Tuesday 3rd November, 1pm - 7pm UK Time (GMT) 

'Creating a Restraint-Free Culture'

*Please note that this conference has a later start time to accommodate North American delegates

 

The Studio 3 organisation are world leaders in applying the Low Arousal Approach to create restriction-free and empowered lives for the people we support. A hotly contested debate is about the use of coercive strategies such as physical restraint and seclusion. The last 20 years has witnessed a consensus in many fields that restrictive practices must be reduced. This conference will argue that we are setting the bar too low, and that our goal should to eradicate and eliminate restraint and seclusion from all care environments.

Speakers

Professor Andrew McDonnell on Dare to Dream: Restraint and Seclusion Eradication, The True Goal 

Gareth Morewood on Making Restraint and Seclusion a Thing of the Past in Education

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Rebecca Fish on The Gender Gap: Listening to and Learning from Women’s Experiences of Restraint

Past Web Conferences

Tuesday 20th October, 10am - 4pm UK Time (BST) 

'Are We Asking the Right Questions About Behaviour?'

Whilst there can be no doubt that behavioural psychology has had a significant impact on the lives of people with a variety of different conditions, the last 20 years has seen a narrative of behaviour support which can be regarded as formulaic and, in some circumstances, dogmatic. This event will focus on changing the conversation from the behaviour of individuals to a shared understanding that all successful interventions require positive relationship building. The speakers will attempt to reframe the debate.

Speakers

Professor Andrew McDonnell on A Behaviourist in Recovery: Reflections on the Behaviour Support Industrial Complex 

Gareth Morewood on Seeing the Distress, Not the Behaviour: An Educationalist’s Perspective

Damian Milton on ABA and the Autistic Community:

Time to Listen.

Learning From Lockdown: Imagining the Future

Life has changed for many of us, for better or for worse. Crucially, it has had a massive impact on the lives of children with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other additional needs, as well as how they are supported by staff, parents and carers. This event looks at questions that have arisen around supporting children and young people during the Covid-19 lockdown, and how we can use that information moving forward to better support our young people.

  • Andrew Smith on Personal Reflections on Lockdown

  • Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou on Research on Lockdown and Autism

  • Gareth Morewood on Low Arousal and Lockdown

  • Submissions from Children and Young People on their experiences of lockdown

  • Panel of Parents and Carers on Imagining the Future After Lockdown

This web event is available to watch on demand.

Tuesday 8th September, 10am - 4pm UK Time (BST) 

'Managing the Stress Response: An Individualised Approach'

Recent advances in our knowledge about stress and coping strategies will be presented and applied by leading experts in the field. The aim of this web conference is to provide a balance between our academic knowledge about the biological mechanisms of stress and the practical applications of an individualised stress response.

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In Partnership with Scottish Autism

Chair

Charlene Tait, Deputy CEO of Scottish Autism, will lead the panel of speakers and facilitate discussions around stress management. Charlene has worked in the field of autism for thirty years. In that time she has been engaged in direct practice and service development. She was lecturer and Course Director in Postgraduate Autism studies at the University of Strathclyde and has been involved in a number of national strategic initiatives.

Speakers

Professor Mark Wetherell on Identifying Differences in the Caregiver Experience: Opportunities for More Individualised Interventions. Mark is a Professor of Psychobiology at Northumbria University, Newcastle. 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. 

Dr Daniel Rippon on The Causes of and Protective Factors Against Work-Related Stress in Healthcare Professions. Daniel is a lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle, who recently published a grounded theory study on work-related stress in care givers. 

Bo Hejlskov Elvén on Developing Low Arousal Coping Responses in Families and Carers. Bo is a clinical psychologist based in Scandinavia who provides guidance and lectures on supporting children and adults with behaviours of concern. 

Tuesday 14th July, 1pm - 7pm UK Time (BST) 

'Interoception: Making Sense of the Internal and External World'

We take for granted that our human brain is complex. How we process information is only beginning to be understood by researchers. In a range of different conditions - ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Intellectual Disabilities (ID), complex trauma Dementia – there is a common theme that people become overwhelmed by information, both externally and internally. These leading practitioners will provide a perspective on how we can help people make the world more predictable and safe.

 

This event is inclusive, and is open to educational staff, mental health practitioners, carers, families, and other professional groups. The full day event will consist of three presentations followed by an interactive discussion. This will be hosted on the live webinar system Zoom, and allow participants to ask the speakers questions to be answered in real time. 

Speakers

Professor Andrew McDonnell

Originator of the Low Arousal Approach spoke about 'Going with the Flow: Coping with the Stress of Chaos'

Peter Vermeulen

Founder of 'Autism in Context' Peter Vermeulen spoke about 'Exteroception: Predictive Mind, Uncertainty and Being Overwhelmed by the External World'.

Kelly Mahler

Kelly has been an occupational therapist for 17 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is currently involved in several research projects pertaining to interoception. She spoke about 'Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Decreasing Internal Uncertainty' 

Tuesday June 23rd, 10am - 4pm UK Time (BST) 

'Trauma Awareness: A 360° Approach'

The third in a series of live, web-based conferences focuses on what trauma awareness really means in practice, and how to support traumatised individuals - particularly those who suffer from extreme distress. These web conferences will run every 3 weeks in an effort to continue sharing information and ideas despite the current restrictions across the globe.

 

The key message of this event is that trauma awareness must be practised as a systemic approach. Many of the children and adults who require supports have had a history of complex trauma. We often underestimate the impact that this can have on individuals throughout their entire lives. This web conference will focus on a range of perspectives from expert speakers who focus on what can be described as trauma awareness. The aim is to provide participants with a positive outlook about working with trauma.

 

This event is inclusive, and is open to educational staff, mental health practitioners, carers, families, and other professional groups. The full day event will consist of three presentations followed by an interactive discussion. This will be hosted on the live webinar system Zoom, and allow participants to ask the speakers questions to be answered in real time. 

Speakers

Dr. John McDermott: 'Trauma-Informed Perspectives on Autism'

Jamie Emberson: 'My Personal and Professional Reflective Journey'

Ruth Whiteside: 'Why We all Need Emotional Intelligence -  Especially If We're Stressed!' 

Tuesday June 9th, 10am - 4pm UK Time (BST) 

'Supporting Children and Young People Using a Well-being Approach'

The second in a series of live, web-based conferences focuses on supporting children and young people at home and at school to lead happy and flourishing lives. These web conferences will run every 3 weeks in an effort to continue sharing information and ideas despite the current restrictions across the globe.

 

Wellbeing frameworks focus on positive and constructive approaches to building resilience in young people. This web conference aims to provide a pathway for people who want to apply this model to even the most distressed individuals. There is a strong person-centred emphasis balanced with practical advice for all participants. The event is inclusive, and is open to educational staff, families, and other professional groups. The full day event will consist of three presentations followed by an interactive discussion. This will be hosted on the live webinar system Zoom, and allow participants to ask the speakers questions to be answered in real time. 

Speakers

David has over 25 years of experience working with children and young people with distressed and complex behaviour, including self-injurious behaviour and self-harm. David also supports the families and carers of these children, and specialises in therapeutically-led placements for children in care. David will be speaking about supporting children who self-harm.

Gareth has 25 years of experience working in U.K. schools, and has extensive ‘front-line’ experience supporting schools, families and working directly with young people in the U.K. and abroad - most recently Chile, Dubai, Portugal, Scandinavia and Ireland. Gareth will be speaking about creating thriving learning environments.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of six books and is the current Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition. She's also a Mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression. Pooky will be speaking about supporting a safe return to school using the SWAN framework.

Tuesday May 19th, 10am - 3pm UK Time (BST) 

'Making Sense of a VUCA World: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous'

The first in our series of live, web-based conferences takes place on the week our International 'Fostering Hope and Optimism' Conference was scheduled in Ireland this May. Due to having post-poned this event until October, we decided to host an online conference in its stead to continue to share information and ideas despite the current restrictions across the globe.

 

VUCA is an acronym which originated at a US Army War college to describe the post-war environment. Psychologists have applied the same principles to individuals who are highly distressed, and often see the world as a chaotic and unpredictable place. In light of the Covid-19 crisis, the principles of VUCA apply to the uncertain environments professionals, families, and individuals alike now find themselves in. Full details, including the schedule for the day, can be found here.

Speakers

Professor Andrew McDonnell will be speaking on Coping with the Stress of an Uncertain World

Peter Vermeulen will be speaking about the Autistic Brain: Absolute Thinking in a Relative World

Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm Ireland, will be speaking about Making the World Less Chaotic: Building an Autism Friendly Society

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