Self Injurious Behaviour in Developmental Disability - Workshop

Event date: 
29 January 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel Canberra    

Friday 29th of January 2010
9.30am - 4.30pm
The Assessment and Behavioural Support of Self Injurious Behaviour
in Persons with Developmental Disability

Course Content

People often ask:

Why do people hurt themselves? What do we do to stop someone hurting themselves?

This seminar will answer these questions & describe in a user friendly way, methods for understanding and supporting people with severe self injurious behaviour.

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of & some useful tools for supporting persons with self injurious behaviour you should attend. The seminar is intended for

  • Direct support staff
  • Behavioural Support staff
  • & anyone else interested in the topic


  • What to do if things are at crisis point
  • Theories of self injury & their application in the real world
  • Prevalence of Self Injury
  • Simple & effective assessment

You will learn:

  • Effects of SIB on the client & support persons. The self injurious cycle, meeting emotional needs of all involved.
  • Does the use of medication & restraints have a role?
    • The latest research on the effectiveness of medication
    • What is the dangerous side effect of restraint we discovered in our research?
  • Developing an effective support plan.
  • The reasons why people self-injure & how this behaviour develops.
  • Strategies for assessment & to measure support outcomes.
  • Developing non-aversive support plans within a restricted resource base.
  • Current directions in our research - Longitudinal Case Study Outcomes 15 years on; Decreasing Episodic Severity in Self Injury.  

How to Book

Bookings can be made using one of the options below

Phone 07 56301810 leave a message with your phone number include the area code a consultant will call back within 24hrs.

Email: [email protected] include your organisations name, the names of people attending, and your contact number, then a confirmation and an invoice will be emailed to you.

Fax 07 33196155 include your organisations name, the names of people attending, your contact number and email address, then a confirmation and an invoice will be emailed to you.

Cost $245 plus GST - this is inclusive of resource materials, catered lunch and refreshments over the day & post seminar email contact with the seminar leader regarding questions of support of self injurious persons within your organisation.

About Your Course Leader

Geoff Potter, B.A, M.Psych,Ph.D (matric) MACA;AAPA, AABA is a behavioural consultant and lecturer on supporting persons with challenging behaviour. Geoff has published in a number of journals and presented his work on Self Injurious Behaviour at a number of international conferences including the World Congress on Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. He carries an active caseload of clients with challenging behaviour from all over the country and is very passionate about working hands on with the client and support staff in implementing programmes to overcome the challenging behaviour.

He is currently Clinical Director of The Centre For Applied Behaviour Analysis a private behavioural corporation.