The Transformative Power of Person Centered Approaches in Supporting People with Behavioral Needs
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Episode 1 of 3 of the Using Community Resources to Create a Full Person-Centered Plan webinar series will provide tools to identify the communication behind certain behaviors in people with behavioral needs in order for a truly person-centered plan to be realized.

When: Wednesday October 26th
1:00-2:00 PM
Where: online webinar
Contact: Donald Taylor
(202) 888-2419

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About this presentation

People with severe reputations have often been relegated to segregated programs with little hope of inclusion in general ed classes, typical community activities, or meaningful careers. Person centered approaches can help us and the individuals we support to move beyond their reputations to find meaningful relationships, activities and careers. We will focus on finding the communication behind the behavior, replacing or reducing medication with meaningful activities, and sharing stories of empowerment and self-determination.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Have tools to help identify the communication behind the behavior.
  • Have a basic understanding of how self-determination and person centered approaches can help identify a contextual fit through environmental matching and skill building.
  • Have a better knowledge of how to look at medication, medical factors and other barriers that may be contributing to behaviors currently being displayed.

Intended Audience

Community Living staff, supported employment providers, educators, transition staff, family members, and self-advocates.

About the presenters

Scott Shepard, a silver-haired man with a similarly silver goatee in a salmon open collared shirt standing against a white cinderblock wall. Scott Shepard teaches courses on Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support at CSU Northridge; serves on the Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities; and provides direct support services as a Director at Avenues Supported Living Services, a small non-profit agency that provides supported living and individualized day supports in the North LA County area.

A color Portrait of Jereth Suede. Jereth is smiling while standing in front of a roller-coaster. He is wearing a pair of black rimmed glasses, and a grey visor with a 'J' stitched onto it, a neon yellow collared shirt, and a blue 'Six Flags' windbreaker.Jereth Suede is an assistant coach to the College of the Canyons football team, and has worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain for over 4 years.

How to participate

This series of live webinars will be streamed over the web. Each presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for questions and answers. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on Monday (two days prior) and a reminder the morning of the event.

This is a three episode long webinar series. Individual sessions are $... each. You will receive ... when you register for the entire Supporting People with Behavioral Needs webinar series.


If you have any questions about the series please contact Donald Taylor at (202) 888-2419 or