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Power and Control/Client Rights and Limitations and Resources

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Part 1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Power and Control
Presented by Shawn Bass

As caregivers, we are often in positions of control over those we support. Due to this power imbalance, we may at times be disrespectful toward those we support. This session will help you learn to recognize when this is happening, understand how to safeguard against it, and practice ways to be respectful, effective caregivers. You will also learn to recognize signs of sexual and other forms of serious abuse, and understand how people may communicate this abuse to us. We will discuss how, when and to whom abuse needs to be reported.

Part 2: 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Client Rights and Limitations and Resources
Presented by Axel Junker

Individuals with intellectual disabilities at times experience challenges that jeopardize their own health and safety and that of care givers or others. Support strategies allowing for continued success in the community might include thoughtful rights limitations or – on very rare occasions – restrictive measures. This training is designed to help care givers how to best navigate this sensitive topic.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • what constitutes a rights limitation and a restrictive measure
  • how to assess if a restrictive intervention should be considered at all
  • how to thoughtfully incorporate the intervention into a behavioral support plan
  • how to monitor the use and effectiveness of the intervention
  • how to meet documentation requirements.

Shawn Bass is a Behavior Consultant with UW-Madison’s Waisman Center Community TIES program. He has over 19 years’ experience working with people with disabilities. With a degree in special education, he was a teacher for six years. He has also worked in residential, respite, in-home therapy, and community-based services; as well as being a support person in crisis situations to divert emergency detentions.

Axel Junker (M.S. Special Education) has been on staff at the (UW) Waisman Center since 1998 as a program consultant for the Community TIES program. TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) provides a variety of positive behavioral supports for individuals with IDD who present challenging behaviors. Axel has consulted and presented extensively on the topic of crisis response and community-based support strategies. Prior to joining the Waisman Center, Axel had worked for numerous years as a supported employment professional and has presented and consulted on the topic of supported employment in his native Germany.

This training is provided free of charge through the State of WI Crisis Stabilization Innovation Incentive Awards: February 2020 through December 2020.

Presented by the Dane County Collaborative Stabilization Coalition

Mission: Collaborative coalition of Dane County leaders working to stabilize, educate and support adults living with dementia or other cognitive impairments in an effort to reduce their risk of crisis.


Community Living Alliance
1414 Mac Arthur Rd
Madison, WI 53714 United States
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