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Speakers at Positive Behaviour Support – a human rights perspective 


Garry LaVigne

Gary LaVigna

Gary LaVigna is Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles, California. He spends much of his time consulting with organizations on establishing non-aversive behaviour support plans for individuals exhibiting severe and challenging behaviour and presenting seminars on the topic throughout the world. His work is reported in numerous articles and his co-authored books - Alternatives to Punishment, Progress Without Punishment and The Periodic Service Review: A Total Quality Assurance System For Human Services and Education.

Speaking on:
Destroying the Alignment Fallacy



Randell L De Pry

Randall De Pry 

Randall L. De Pry, PhD, is a professor and chair for the Department of Special Education at Portland State University. He received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Oregon where he worked with faculty and students in the Behavior Disorders Program and on the Effective Behavior Support grant funded projects. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors (2005-2014) for the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS), an international organization that actively promotes the use of PBIS as an applied science in home, school, and community settings. He presently serves as the editor of the  APBS Newsletter and as a consulting editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

Speaking on:
Achieving systematic change in school settings using positive behaviour support




Fintan Sheerin
Dr. Fintan Sheerin

Fintan is a Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing with extensive experience of nursing across a number of fields of practice. He is passionate about the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities and has led the development of a national group in Ireland, bringing together many local and national groups as well as many individuals with and without intellectual disabilities.

Speaking on: 
Breaking free from oppression: supporting people with intellectual disability in a positive way



Umesh Sharma
Associate Professor Umesh Sharma

Umesh Sharma is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Australia. He is the co-ordinator of Special Education Programs in the Faculty. He has published over 70 research articles, book chapters, books, and policy reports on various aspects of education of children with disabilities. He has also been adviser to the Departments of Education in Victoria, New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia on topics such as education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, teacher preparation for inclusive classrooms and funding of education of children with disabilities.  

Speaking on: 
Supporting and empowering parents of children with autism through delivery of positive behaviour supports



Dr J Carl Hughes
Dr. J. Carl Hughes

Dr. J. Carl Hughes is a senior lecturer for the school of psychology for Bangor University. He has published a wide range of journals on learning disabilities, special educational needs and training. Dr J. Carl Hughes is a member of the Clinical, Health, & Behavioural Psychology research group.  

Speaking on:
You can take the positive behaviour support out of the science, but you can't take the science out of the positive behaviour support



hazel powell
Hazel Powell

Hazel is a lecturer in learning disability, her areas of specialism are behaviours perceived as challenging and mental health needs of people with learning disabilities. Hazel has developed a number of national educational resources commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland including a national training programme for Positive Behaviour Support. Hazel is currently seconded to the post of Programme Manager for Modernising Learning Disability Nursing to review learning disability nursing across the UK and produce a report that sets the direction of travel for the next decade and beyond.  

Speaking on:
Developing staff skills for delivering positive behaviour support



Karen Nankervis

Prof Karen Nankervis

Karen is the Joint Professorial Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support, formerly the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support. The Centre of Excellence engages in disability research and practice leadership in clinical innovation and governance, forensic disability, high and complex needs and positive behaviour supports. 

Speaking on:
Use of positive behaviour support approaches and protection of human rights; lessons from a legislative jurisdiction



Andy McDonnell

Andy McDonnell

Consultant Clinical Psychologist to and Director of Studio III Clinical Services; Director, clinical consultant and Team Leader to Studio III Training; formerly Clinical Psychologist to Monyhull Hospital Birmingham. Andrew has particular interest in the design of community settings for people who challenge. He has extensive experience of working with service users with a learning disability and/or an ASD who self harm.

Speaking on:
A wellbeing approach to behaviours of concern