What We Provide
Positive Behavior Support
Our Positive Behavior Support provides specialized therapeutic services for children and adults with disability who present behaviors of concern (also known as challenging behavior).
At SKMV, we believe all behavior has a function or reason behind it. By taking a human rights focus and building on an evidence-based approach, Positive Behavior Support focuses on increasing a person’s quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of their behavior of concern.
Our specialized and experienced practitioners take a positive and proactive approach:
- Positive means increasing and strengthening helpful behavior through learning and reinforcement, rather than using punishment or negative consequences to respond to someone.
- Proactive mean anticipating where things may go wrong and preventing those things from happening, rather than just reacting when things go wrong.
As a consequence we see an improvement in relationships with family and friends.
Our Positive Behavior Support services include:
- A full assessment
- Increasing effective communication
- Understanding sensory, psychological and functional triggers
- Addressing health issues that may be impacting behavior
- Assistance in building positive relationships
- Training and education
- Development and review of Behavior Support Plans
- Skills training
- Helping you improve your quality of life
You can access our Positive Behavior Support Service for specialist behavioral intervention support under the NDIS Support Item: Improved Relationships.
Psychosocial Recovery Coaching
A Psychosocial Recovery Coach (recovery coach) is a new NDIS support item for participants with a psychosocial disability who require support managing complex challenges of daily living.
The aim is to increase participants’ social and economic independence and participation through the provision of capacity building supports.
Recovery coaches will focus on coaching participants to have greater participation in managing their lives, and will collaborate with other services to support and underpin these outcomes.
Recovery coaches will work collaboratively with participants, their families, carers and other services to design, plan and implement a recovery plan, and assist with the coordination of NDIS and other supports.
Participants will have the option of selecting a recovery coach with lived experience or a recovery coach with learnt knowledge of psychosocial disability and mental health.
What is a psychosocial disability?
The NDIS Commission defines psychosocial disability as:
‘A mental health issue that affects people’s daily activities such as socialising or interacting with others in a social setting, learning or self-care, or their capacity to fully participate in society’.
Some of the specific disorders include:
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- bi-polar disorder
- severe and persistent anxiety and depression.
People suffering from these issues may have substantially reduced functional capacity (ability to undertake) any of the following:
- social interaction
- social and economic participation.
What is meant by ‘recovery’ under the NDIS?
The NDIA defines recovery as ‘achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing, as defined by each individual, whilst living with or recovering from a mental health condition.’ For a more detailed view see ‘Psychosocial Disability Recovery and the NDIS‘.
Mental health experts agree that those experiencing psychosocial disability are likely to greatly benefit from having choices and feeling more in control of their daily living and self-management.
Social and economic participation are also empowering and can help overcome feelings of isolation and worthlessness.
Recovery coaches can facilitate these positive outcomes for increased wellbeing and quality of life.