Supporting People with Difficult Behaviours in Ordinary, Everyday Places with David Pitonyak & Guest Presenter Lisa Foster, Executive Director
Community Living Thunder Bay

This intense learning experience will change your world view and how you approach working with “difficult” clients.

This training is designed to build capacity within an organization or community to deliver and sustain respectful and positive approaches to difficult behaviours. The training requires participation in all nine days and a variety of “homework” assignments to test newly acquired skills in real world places.

There are currently more than 7,000 people working in Manitoba as direct support workers in the disability field and there are not enough continuing education and training opportunities to support them. We believe that high quality supports result in a higher quality of life for people living with an intellectual disability and strive to fill that gap with high quality, relevant education and training, like the Positive Approaches Institute.

About David Pitonyak, Ph.D.

David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviours. He believes that difficult behaviours are “messages” which can tell us important things about a person and his/her surroundings. Understanding the “meaning” of an individual’s difficult behaviours is the first step in supporting the person (and the person’s supporters) to change.

David has provided consultation and training for individuals, families, professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. He has worked with people in a variety of settings, including home and professionally-staffed residential settings, schools, supported competitive jobsites, sheltered workshops, and day activity programs. Visit www.dimagine.com for more information.

About Lisa Foster

Lisa is the Executive Director of Community Living Thunder Bay, and prior to that, she spent 10 years as the Director of Organizational Development, Innovation and Adult Services at Community Living Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie., Lisa is deeply passionate and committed to serving people with intellectual disabilities and creating fuller participation in community life for people we serve through valued social roles. She is a leader in contributing to quality of life issues for all members of our community in inclusive education, positive approaches, employment and social capital.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

Registration Fees:

  • $1,650 per person
  • $2,900 per team of 2 from same agency
  • $1,400 per person for teams of 3 or more from same agency.

Lunch and materials will be provided.

To Register Please EMAIL completed registration forms to admin@inclusionwinnipeg.org and we will invoice you; or SUBMIT the completed registration forms with cheques payable to:
Inclusion Winnipeg, 1 – 120 Maryland Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 1L1.

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Consulate of the United States

We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to funding support from the U.S. Consulate Winnipeg, we are able to bring U.S. speaker Dr. David Pitonyak back to Winnipeg this summer for the Positive Approaches Institute.

August 13-17 & 27-31, 2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

August 13-17 & 27-31, 2018: Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB
(204) 942-6555

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