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Taster Sessions/Open Days

Come and experience what it is like to study at the Tizard Centre and hopefully learning something new at the same time. These sessions provide free training but also give you the chance to find out more about studying at the Tizard Centre. These run from 0930-1300hrs and will be held in the Grimond Building, University of Kent, Canterbury.

"Thank you for such a great lecture, I wish I had heard it before working with challenging behaviour but I feel I learned so much from you"
Georgina Zucchini-Watts, L'Arche

We are now using these sessions to showcase our work to prospective students both Undergraduates and Postgraduates, all of whom are very welcome to attend any or all of these days. These also give you the opportunity to speak to some of our lecturers and current students. If you would like to look around the University and more importantly the Tizard Centre, this can be arranged on any of these days following on from the mornings' session. To book places email:

Our sessions in 2017 proved very popular and were particularly well attended. We are planning to run two sessions in Spring 2018.

Sessions in 2017 included:
Dr Fiona Gullon-Scott, "Autism Spectrum: The Hidden Populations" The session explored some of the emerging research and interest in frequently missed or misdiagnosed populations on the autism spectrum, specifically girls and women, and older adults. It looked at the differences in presentations, and whether traditional diagnostic approaches are set up to miss these cases.

Dr Peter Baker, "The emotional welfare of staff working with people with learning disabilities who present challenging behaviour: the debriefing controversy"
Working with people with learning disabilities is a great job, although it can be challenging and demanding. Working with people with learning disabilities who present challenging behaviour - the rewards can be high but the challenges can be greater.  In order to help staff rise to the challenge, it is vital that services attend to the emotional/psychological welfare of their staff. This presentation explored what we know about this area, including trying to learn from other arenas such as the emergency services and overseas voluntary aid agencies and how this contrasts with some of the confusing and contradictory advice currently around.
Pdf Slides

Lisa Richardson, "Living in Fear: experiences of hate crime and discrimination amongst people with learning disability and autism"
Living in the community brings with it the possibilities of social inclusion and a better quality of life; however both research and tragic cases reported in the media, such as those of Steven Hoskins and Fiona Pilkington have shown that some people with a learning disability or an autistic spectrum diagnosis are living in fear or are victims of targeted harassment and unlawful behaviour.  Sometimes these incidents amount to Hate Crime, but individuals, their family and another carers may not know that the ‘bad things’ that are happening are a matter for the police, many adjusting the patterns of their own lives in order to cope with repeated victimisation. 
The Police have a significant role in helping victims and witnesses who have a learning disability or are on the autism spectrum to keep safe and ensure justice for the victim, this requires that a range of supports are identified and put into place. The workshop covered:

  • UK definitions of Disability Hate Crime and what is known about the number of people affected.
  • Drawing on findings from our three year Big Lottery Funded research programme:
    • The types of disability related victimisation people with a learning disability or autism experience
    • The role of the police- experiences of supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities
  • The Criminal Justice System: barriers and facilitators for cases going to court.



Previous topics have included:

Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou - Sleep problems in children and adults with intellectual disabilities (see brief overview of talk)
Prof Glynis Murphy - People with learning disabilities and the criminal justice system
Dr Michelle McCarthy - Domestic violent and women with learning disabilities (see pdf slides)
Tony Osgood - Approaches to challenging Behaviour
Dr Mecca Chiesa - Applied Behaviour Analysis
Dr Nick Gore - Positive support in the early years
Dr Michelle McCarthy - Sexuality and learning disability
Dr Mecca Chiesa - Applied Behaviour Analysis in the treatment of autistic spectrum disorder  
Dr Nick Gore - Early Intervention: Working with Families and Children at Risk of Behaviour that Challenges
Tony Osgood - "Learning To Listen: Partnership & Person Centred Support in Challenging Behaviour" pdf
Prof Peter McGill - Challenging behaviour and positive behaviour support.
Dr Julie Beadle-Brown - "Skilled support for people with Autism"

To book a place on any of the above sessions please email






Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

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Last Updated: 12/07/2017