The Flourish Project provides specialised positive behaviour support services for adults with a disability living at home, in respite, or in supported accommodation.


Psychologists from The Flourish Project have extensive experience in the positive behaviour support model having worked in senior psychology and leadership positions in the disability sector working with adults with intellectual disabilities, congenital disabilities, physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dual disabilities, neurological conditions and brain injuries.  

Psychologists’ at The Flourish Project routinely support people with a range of behavioural problems, using contemporary and scientifically sound  behaviour support practices. Our focus is to provide holistic assessments and solutions for the individual and to reduce the use of restrictive interventions. In order to provide these services our psychologists may work with individuals, groups, families, carers, support workers and other professionals to achieve outcomes.

Our mission at The Flourish Project is to work with individuals and their support networks to optimize functioning and enhance quality of life and wellbeing for people who may use behaviours to communicate that their needs are not being met. These behaviours often lead to community exclusion and contribute to emotional difficulties.  Positive Behaviour Support aims to understand the function of behaviour and how to minimize it from occurring into the future; to create emotional wellness and improved quality of life.We work in consultation with those involved in the person’s life as well as observations of the person in natural environments in order to conduct a functional behavioural analysis to build a picture or a hypothesis of the function of the behaviour/s. This allows us to then recommend an intervention aimed at shaping and supporting the environment to build a persons capacity through interventions aimed at skill development, and building environmental support to provide a supportive environment that better meets the individual’s needs. Some of the behaviours we work with include, but are not limited to:  

  • Self-injury  - hitting, head butting, biting, scratching
  • Aggression - hitting, shouting, swearing, screaming, scratching, biting, spitting, punching, kicking
  • Scatolia (faecal smearing)
  • Property destruction 
  • Difficulty with social situations
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Sexualised behaviour 
  • Offending and criminal behaviour

Specialist Functional Behavioural Assessment  + Positive Behaviour Support Plan (PBSP)

The Flourish Project’s Specialist Positive Behaviour Support service provides specialised therapeutic services for people with behaviours of concern (also known as challenging behaviour). We conduct functional behavioural assessment and provide intervention through the development of a Positive Behaviour Support Plan (PBSP). Specialist Positive Behaviour Support services are provided by highly experienced psychologists to address significantly harmful or persistent behaviours of concern and may include regular reviews to ensure implementation of the intervention and to monitor and reduce the use of restrictive practices (if applicable). 

We will work the person and the support network to develop a plan that is tailored to the individuals unique needs. This will always include a functional behaviour analysis to understand the person, the environment, the behaviour and triggers and identify desired behaviour. We work with other therapists, with families and carers to develop strategies and effective support options, increase effective communication, understand sensory, psychological and functional triggers, address health issues that may be impacting upon behaviour, assist in developing positive relationships and introduce positive reinforcement strategies to help improve the person quality of life and reduce the use of restrictive interventions.  Various other assessments may also be recommended as part of this approach. We also provide training and education so that support providers can effectively deliver the positive behaviour support intervention. We also offer staff supervision and organisational training.

Functional Behaviour Analysis Consultation Clinic 

The Flourish Project offers a unique structured 2-hour group consultation clinic specifically focusing on the main presenting behaviour(s) of concern. It involves 1-2 highly experienced psychologists with extensive experience in the disability sector meeting with a group of significant people in the person's life (such as family, support staff, alternative decision makers) to better understand the behaviour(s) of concern and decide on a range of short and long term strategies. The Psychologist(s) facilitate a structured case discussion about the behaviours using a case formulation framework. Case formulation is a systematic approach to ensuring all relevant factors are considered in understanding the presenting issues and in making recommendations for change. It is vital to know the causes, precipitants, and maintaining influences of a behavioral problem before making recommendations for change. Over the two hours of the clinic the group will be lead through a series of case formulation "steps" regarding the person. Through this process working hypotheses will be developed about the behaviours of concern, and recommendations made for change and improved quality of life for the person. This is a great service for presentations where support providers may feel “stuck” and require clinical guidance and immediate recommendations. The clinic model may also be recommended as part of the development of a specialist functional behavioural assessment and positive behaviour support plan and intervention. 

Behaviour Curve Analysis and Report

The Flourish Project provides a behaviour curve analysis which is a visual one page report that identifies the main behavioral triggers an individual displays and as well as immediate response strategies as preventative alternatives that aim to keep the behaviour from escalating, or help bring the behaviour down.  This is a tool that staff and families find useful to summarise more comprehensive reports and plans where immediate strategies are required. Training and education is provided to support the use of the behaviour curve.

Positive Behaviour Support Training

For support providers and/or families to deliver the positive behaviour support intervention and/or training in positive behaviour support strategies. Organisational training and supervision is also available, please read more here.


Appointment Information

You may call or email us to arrange a session with one of our highly qualified psychologists at one of either our city or Payneham location, or request a home or community appointment. We will be in touch to confirm your appointment time and date for your initial session and further instructions and information.  Upon request can be held in Vietnamese, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Greek, Arabic, Udru, Hindi, Punjabi, French and Spanish. The session will last for 60 minutes unless otherwise negotiated.  At the initial session the psychologist will discuss and outline a therapy program, which will form part of a service agreement. Specialist Disability Services are delivered at an hourly rate of $200. Full payment is required on the day of your appointment.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

We will work together with you and your NDIS plan to ensure you are receiving the maximum outcomes with your plan. Please note we currently only accept referrals from people who have elected to ‘self-manage’ their NDIS plan (or at least the ‘psychology’ portion of their plan) or people who have a Plan Manager to manage their funds on their behalf.

Cancellation

Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged 50% of the appointment fee. We send SMS reminders of all appointments but understand that life happens, and we are happy to reschedule your appointment we just ask for some notice.

Questions

If you have any questions, please phone us on 0411 043 400 or email us hello@theflourishproject.com