‘People supported, who display behaviours we call challenging are attempting to communicate an unmet need, what we call ‘challenging’ is their way of communicating distress.’
My name is Mark and my role at Aspire is to lead on organisation wide positive behaviour support and capable environments. To reduce restrictive practices through quality-of-life improvement, I provide strategy and policy review, training, coaching, and mentoring to support staff, management, and leadership teams in using evidence-based approaches.
I have been delivering training for over twenty years, and a principal instructor under the BILD code of practice for physical interventions since 2009. I have worked with hundreds of organisations, training many hundreds of trainers and thousands of staff working in Adult Learning Disabilities, CAMHS, Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury, NHS Acute hospital settings, Dementia, Foster, and Adoption Services in the UK.
I am a visiting lecturer at the University of South Wales as part of the BSc Violence Reduction delivery team, a CAPBS Coach, and trained in Functional Behaviour Assessment, I also practice Non-violent resistance (NVR) to support the families of those children and young people displaying behaviours of concern.
I am married with two grown up children who make me proud every day, three rescue dogs, and in my spare time I enjoy reading and coaching children, and young people, the gentle art of Aikido.