Our workshop is based on two premises:
(1) challenging behaviour, just like virtually all other behaviour, is learned and can therefore be “un–learned” and replaced with more appropriate behaviour.
(2) it is possible for this to be done in ways that are consistent with biblical examples and at the same time avoid the use of physical punishment and other legally questionable practices.
Beginning with the possible causes of challenging behaviour, we introduce a model of behaviour–change that is straightforward (as its name, “the ABC approach”, suggests) and which can be used with virtually anyone – children as well as adults, those with and without an intellectual disability. Several biblical examples will be considered. The workshop is ideal for anyone who has responsibility for persons who present with challenging behaviour – principally, but by no means exclusively, adults and children who have intellectual disabilities.
Presented by Dr Ivan Bankhead, who worked as a clinical psychologist for almost 40 years with both adults and children with an intellectual disability, specialising, for most of that time, in challenging behaviour.