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Sept 30th: Beyond “Behaviours”: Supporting Competence, Confidence and Well-Being

September 1, 2010

Spectrum’s 101 Friends Personal Support Networks project is excited to once again host David Pitonyak in Vancouver.   A question that often comes up in our workshops is how people who have challenging behaviours can make friends – there’s lots of evidence that they can, and David tells the best stories about it!  He’s one of the leaders that we’ve learned a lot from over the last decade or so, and as we’ve gotten to know him better we’ve been even more inspired in our quest for person-centredness and never saying never…    this is one of two workshops during this week in September.   Attend one, or both.   Please forward this to those you think might be interested in this opportunity.

Beyond “Behaviours”: Supporting Competence, Confidence and Well-Being

Difficult behaviours result from unmet needs.  This workshop examines seven quality of life indicators that are often missing in the life of a person who experiences our services.  Based on the idea from Jean Clarke that a person’s needs are best met by people whose needs are met, this day-long workshop examines strategies for supporting not only an individual who experiences disabilities but also the needs of his or her caregivers.

9 – 4:30, Sept 30th, 2010

Vancouver Unitarian Church at 949 West 49th Avenue

$100.00 including lunch.  To register, or 604-323-1433

or online at:

  David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviours. He believes that difficult behaviours are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings. Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviours is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to changeDavid also believes (to paraphrase Jean Clark), that a “person’s needs are best met by people whose needs are met.” Supporting a person with difficult behaviours begins with an honest assessment of the needs of the person’s supporters. Creating more responsive human services is possible only when we take responsibility for problems of the workplace culture. A healthy organization is an organization that invites all of its members to take an active role in decision-making, provides support to each member as defined by the member, and evaluates its success by the degree to which it lives up to its promises.David has consulted with families and professionals throughout the United States, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Cyndi . They have two sons, Joe and Sam.
Objectives of this training day:–      Determining what people may be communicating through their difficult behaviours–      The role of physiological or psychiatric needs in the development of difficult behaviours–      The importance of asking critical quality of life questions in building a support plan

–      The critical importance of addressing caregiver needs in the development of a support plan

–      Ways to support an individual in crisis

To learn more about David’s work and Imagine check out his site:

About Spectrum’s Personal Support Networks Project, 101 Friends: Beginning 3 years ago with a small six month CLBC grant and a vision of supporting folks with disabilities to expand and deepen their connections in their communities, we’ve become increasingly passionate about the potential of those we support to not only join more fully in their communities, but provide leadership and enrichment.   We’ve facilitated groups from Nashville TN to Ft St John, meeting staff, self-advocates and families.
“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” Toni Morrison

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