How do you break the barriers down for someone to trust you again? Someone whose behaviour has never been understood and has suffered the consequences of abusive behaviour towards them.
I always knew we could support Kev in line with MacIntyre's DNA by respecting Kev as an individual and seeing his potential to learn. We needed to use person centred approaches in line with a PBS approach to gain the best possible outcomes for Kev, including living a life that makes sense to him, increasing his choice and control and improving his quality of life and wellbeing. Central to all of this is the people around him. They need to champion our ‘MacIntyre Promises’ that we deliver to everyone we support and ensure that we use our 10 facilitation skills effectively to have Great Interactions.
The unknown element of this is ‘when’; when could we actually say we have achieved this? I couldn’t put a time on this when I first met Kev: his family and him had been through so much! I just knew that we could do this.