Evaluating a community-based project for supporting clients with challenging behaviour
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Evaluating a community-based project for supporting clients with challenging behaviour

Karen McKenzie Consultant clinical psychologist, University of Edinburgh
Ralph Broad Managing director, Support organisation for people with learning disability
Hannah MacLean Trainee clinical psychologist, University of Edinburgh
Paula Megson Community mental health worker, NHS Borders
Suzanne Wilson Trainee clinical psychologist, C/o University of Edinburgh
Sarah Miller Behaviour support advisor, Positive Behaviour Support Team Stepps

Karen McKenzie and colleagues discuss a pilot study in which psychology assistants supported individuals whose behaviour challenges local services

The authors evaluate a small pilot project which used psychology graduates in a dual support worker/psychology assistant role to support people whose behaviour is challenging. Although there was a reduction in challenging behaviour, improvement in staff practice and increase in enjoyable activities outside of the home, there were limitations with recording methods and external factors, such as service reorganisation, which made it difficult to demonstrate these improvements across all services.

Learning Disability Practice. 12, 4,27-32. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.05.12.4.27.c6997

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