February 9, 2015

Maybo strengthens capacity to support staff managing complex needs

Maybo Australia welcomes Mark Wakefield to strengthen the specialist advice and training expertise it can offer to those working with young people and adults who have additional complex needs, learning difficulties, intellectual disability and Autism.

Author and primary presenter of a number of papers related to supporting people with complex needs, behaviours that are challenging, Autism, reducing restrictive practices and positive behavioural support, Mark moved to Australia from the UK in 2012 where he has been working with children and young people with Autism, before starting his new role as training and business development manager with Maybo – a leading conflict management training organisation.

A teacher by profession, Mark was Principle of a school for pupils excluded from mainstream education. He moved on to become founding director of the Challenging Behaviour Network, an independent consultancy providing advice and support and went on to establish a successful training partnership with ‘Sally’, a lady with Autism with whom he delivered training throughout the UK.

As well as being a recognised keynote speaker, Mark is a respected author. He has written Understanding Positive Behaviour Support, a book aimed at parents and school staff. He’s co-authored two resource packages, one to support organisations to assess and reduce risk in challenging behaviour and reduce restrictive practices and a package developed with funding from the UK Government’s Department for Education and Skills - Supporting Parents and Carers: a trainer’s guide to positive behaviour strategies. He delivered a pilot of this package throughout the UK to parents of children with Autism.

This month (February 2015) sees the publication of his latest trainers’ package, Understanding Positive Behavioural Support, a central UK resource to enable the delivery of positive behavioural support vocational qualifications.

Managing director of Maybo Australia, Neil Warwick is enthusiastic about Mark joining the team. ‘This rare opportunity to have someone with specialist knowledge, a wealth of practical experience and desire to continually research and evolve support services for those whose behaviour challenges is both valuable and exciting.’

He continued, ‘I’m confident we’ll learn more from working with Mark which will enable us to offer an exceptional learning experience to better support our clients in creating safer working environments for their staff and service users.’

‘I’m delighted to welcome Mark on board.’ He concluded.