Course Profile

Course Profile: From the Institution to Fulfilling lives
A history of Learning Disabilities and the move to current Practice
(2 Days)
Supporting people with Learning Disabilities can become an automatic task-centred process; thus resulting in the undermining of the human rights of service users. It is crucial that support workers regularly have the opportunity to reflect on the principles underpinning good practice in this area so that support is conducted in a way that is consistent with current good practice and to prescribed standards.
This course, maps out the journey from Institutional Care through to the current context. The course aims to provide a framework for good practice and promote a more reflective approach to the work in this area. The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcome

Day one of the course provides underpinning knowledge of the section of the Learning Disability Knowledge set ‘History and Context of Learning Disability Services, including:
• Definitions and terminology
• Historical context
• Barriers to full citizenship
• The legal framework
• Ways in which change has been brought about
• Changes in healthcare for people with learning disabilities over time
Day two of the course provides underpinning knowledge of the Learning Disability Knowledge set element ‘Independence and wellbeing’ including:
• Person Centred Approach
• Principles of Person Centred Planning
• The wider context within which Person Centred Support is planned
• Enabling supporting and facilitating a Person Centred Plan
• Implementation, maintenance and review of a plan
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

Day One:
• How people with Learning Disabilities were cared for historically, including health care; the principles that underpinned care in
  the past
• How the high occurrence of abuse was able to take place
• The journey from exclusion to inclusion: Nerje, Wolfensberger, O Brien etc.
• The various models of Disability: the Medical Model, the Social Model
• The ideologies, differences and complexities between ‘care’ and ‘support’
• The key elements of Legislation that underpin current good practice and developing frameworks
• How workers need to integrate these principles into service practice
• The principles of individual care as opposed to ‘batch care’
• How to ensure that the human rights of service users are integrated into care/support practice
• The principles of Independence - Promoting Independence not Dependence
• The importance of team work and multi-disciplinary working
• The resources and restraints within the service
• How restraints impact upon the lives and support of many service users e.g. limited budgets, etc
Day two:
• What is meant by Person Centred Planning
• Terminology and abbreviations commonly used: Breaking through the jargon
• The overuse of the term ‘Person Centred’ and the affect
• Listening / Questioning Skills (exploring total communication & active listening skills)
• Working with people with profound disabilities
• Why the team approach
• The key characteristics of P.C.P
• What is meant by Circles of Support and who should be involved
• How inappropriate inclusion could counter the PCP principles
• Making Action Plans (MAPS) PATHS and other tools
• How to put PCP`s into practice
• Barriers to overcome:
           - outdated attitudes and culture
           - “this is not the latest fad”
           - “too much paperwork”
           - time
           - resources
           - priorities
           - personal prejudices
• Positive Risk taking and Safeguarding issues
Training methods utilised include Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Role play, Chalk & talk, Discussion, Word storming, Group exercises, Pairs work