Training

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Us in a Bus offers a 1 day ‘Introduction to Intensive Interaction’ workshop, a practical workshop for individuals, groups and organisations.  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this workshop is currently being delivered by Zoom.

Also available, upon request, is a follow-on 1 day workshop ‘Next Steps with Intensive Interaction’, which reflects on your practice, exploring how to extend the connections you’ve built with people who have profound learning disabilities.

We know that establishing some common ground with people who are often isolated can help them have more of an impact on the world. One of the approaches that can help this to happen is Intensive Interaction, a simple and empathetic way of encouraging people to communicate in ways that are familiar and natural to them.

Our ‘Introduction to Intensive Interaction’ workshop is priced at £50 per person, and we are also able to offer a price of £25 for parents, family carers or students.    

The workshops are run by Janet Gurney and are suitable for anyone who wants to communicate and relate more closely with people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs, including Day Service and Support Staff, Home Leaders and Service Managers, Advocates, Families, Occupational Therapists, Teaching Staff and Speech and Language Therapists etc. Janet has 30 years of experience in supporting people in this way. Her workshops have been developed and delivered in response to requests for Us in a Bus to share some of their approaches to building and developing relationships with people who can often seem ‘difficult to reach’, including people with autism.

Click here to see the Workshops to be held in 2021.

If you would like to book a place on one of our ‘Introduction to Intensive Interaction’ workshops please download a Booking Form below and email it to us.  Alternatively, if you want to discuss your requirements please contact our Practice Manager, Anne Laney, by email – Anne.Laney@usinabus.org.uk.

Click here to download a Booking Form

In-House Training

Janet Gurney, delivers in-house workshops and conference presentations across the UK and internationally, introducing participants to the theory and practice of Intensive Interaction, and to an understanding of how sensory processing issues can be an integral factor in ensuring Intensive Interaction is as effective as possible. Janet is happy to discuss how the content of each workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants and the people they support.

For more information, including costs, please contact admin@usinabus.org.uk or telephone 01737 823310.

“I’d just like to take a few minutes to thank Janet Gurney for the Intensive Interaction training session she ran in Dublin yesterday.  I have been using Intensive Interaction principles in my professional work for many years, but I don’t think it’s ever really made as much sense to me as it did yesterday! I really appreciated the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of working with people with PMLD, in what I felt was an understanding and supportive environment, and Janet’s presentation style really facilitated looking at my everyday work with new eyes and fresh understanding.”

Comments from Catríona Campbell, Speech and Language Therapist after attending Janet’s training.

Consultancy

Making Intensive Interaction part of people’s daily lives often requires a shift in workplace culture and environment.  Consequently, Us in a Bus is increasingly being asked to provide consultancy services.  We can work alongside clients and staff to help make those shifts a reality.

Us in a Bus provides a range of consultancy services, such as hands on development, practice and mentoring, to promote the particular needs of people with profound learning disabilities.

To discuss your specific needs please contact our Practice Manager, Anne Laney, by email – Anne.Laney@usinabus.org.uk.

We have trained over 10,000 people on how they can improve their engagement with those who have learning disabilities and complex needs.