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Responding to Trauma: What Works and What Doesn't. (13:45)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted June 05, 2017

 Combining her clinical background with her experience in the field, Karyn outlines a number of practical and effective ways of responding to individuals who have experienced trauma.  She also warns about interventions which can make the trauma worse

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Pursuing Happiness: An Alternative to Behavioral Programs (10:47)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted September 04, 2017

As an alternative to behavioural programs, Karyn talks about the importance of helping people pursue what makes them happy. She describes how she uses her "Happiness Book" in supporting people to work towards creating a more joyful and meaningful life.

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Supporting People through Grief and Loss (11:01)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted November 06, 2017

Karyn talks about how pervasive experiences of grief and loss are among people with intellectual disabilities, and how often expressions of grief and loss are misinterpreted as "behavioural issues". She offers practical suggestions on what support staff can do to help someone going through this process. She introduces a resource she's developed called the "My Goodbye Book", and offers suggestions about how staff can use this booklet to assist people experiencing grief.

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What We Need to Remember about Dual Diagnosis (11:07)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted January 02, 2018

When a person has an intellectual disability, co-existing mental health issues are often overlooked if even considered.  Mental health issues are often simply seen as "behaviour problems", and result in the application of behaviour programs. Unfortunately, many behaviour programs simply deal with the expression of the problem, not the cause. Karyn suggests that this is an unjust and damaging response, and offers practical suggestions for what support staff can do when they recognize  the  possibility of mental health issues. She offers ideas that can help support staff to ensure that individuals receive the support and care they need and deserve.

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Learning From our Mistakes (05:06)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted March 10, 2018

Karyn points out that our inevitable "mistakes" as we provide support can be an invaluable source of learning. But, if we are to learn from our mistakes, we  need to set aside the desire to be seen as "perpetually competent" and commit ourselves to the never-ending learning process that is an inherent part of respectful support.

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Learning to Listen (03:14)

Presenter: Karyn Harvey
Posted May 22, 2018

Karyn speaks about the  vital importance of staff intentionally listening to the people they support, especially when they’re emotionally distraught.  However, Karyn warns us about a critical mistake many people make when listening to another.

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Presenter Info
Karyn Harvey
6 Videos
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author

Karyn Harvey is a psychologist, psychotherapist, author and consultant who has, for more than 30 years, provided counselling for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She has written two books on working with individuals with intellectual disabilities: one focusing on helping people develop a positive identity and the other on supporting people who have experienced trauma.  Karyn also has developed several workbooks on these and related issues that can be completed by disabled individuals and their support staff or family members.