lifeAssist Specialist Services team grows

UNITINGCARE lifeAssist Specialist Services assists people to achieve goals and objectives by building capacity, addressing barriers and removing complexity. Specialist Services currently offer behaviour support and specialist support coordination under the NDIS.

This service is delivered by a team who have extensive disability and behavioural support experience. Their core values are integrity, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, the recognition of dignity and importance of human rights being respected and upheld.

The team prioritise trauma-informed practice: ‘safety, relationships, collaboration, choice, voice and person-centred practice’. By taking a transdisciplinary approach to their work, they use their different skills and varied backgrounds to look at complex situations more holistically.

The Specialist Services team has grown over the past six months. Team members include:

Bec, Manager of Specialist Services (Community Psychologist, MAPS, MCCOMP), who is creating a team that prioritises integrity and leading service development.

Michelle, Coordinator – Specialist Services, who has extensive experience supporting people with disability and employs a person-centred approach to her work. Michelle recognises that people are the expert of their own lives and works collaboratively with the person and their support systems to maximise self-determination to achieve positive outcomes.

Padraig, Behaviour Support Specialist, who is creative and innovative in conducting functional behavioural assessments. In a previous role, he led capacity building across Victoria by training professionals, developing practice guides and training packages on positive behaviour support plans.

Ben, Clinical Social Worker, who has acted in Senior Clinical positions at both a state and federal level serving people with disability. In forensic settings, he has worked with people with intellectual disability and their families in positive behaviour support.

Bernice, Clinical Social Worker, who has extensive experience in complex trauma working with asylum seekers and refugees as well as in forensic disability services. Bernice has a well-developed range of effective and sensitive communication techniques that support the connection between a person/family, community and groups from varying backgrounds.