Training in Managing Challenging Behaviour
Gela has extensive experience of training staff and parents/carers in a variety of settings from a residential care or educational background to parents, including foster carers and adoptive parents. Positive relationships are consistently and constantly reinforced as being of critical importance. Gela has an in-depth understanding of developmental trauma and the effects of adverse childhood experiences, including neglect and other types of abuse, including the effects of witnessing domestic violence.
Gela enjoys using her time, experience and skills to provide training and support to families of children with challenging behaviour.
"In 12 hours you have changed my life. I feel so empowered, ready and able to deal with whatever is thrown at me, but also I feel that I am starting to gain a glimpse of how he sees the world. Thank you is too small a word."
"FANTASTIC tutor! Good amount of hands-on learning. Very useful and interesting information."
(Special school staff member)
Strengths of the course: "Enthusiasm of Gela, how her experiences impact on course making it more relevant. Break down of skills."
(Member of staff from special school)
Gela started her career teaching in an all-age special school for children with severe learning difficulties in Liverpool. She was seconded to work as an Advisory Teacher within a multi-disciplinary team working to improve behaviour in both mainstream and special schools across Liverpool. On her return to her teaching post she gained promotion to lead the Further Education Unit and her work in the field of ICT and developing quality Careers Education for her pupils gained national recognition. She was involved in pioneering work in the use of symbols and ICT to develop communication skills.
From September 2001 until August 2012 Gela was the Deputy Headteacher and then the Headteacher of Mayfield School, an all-age special school in Lancashire. During that time she was responsible for training all school staff in Team Teach and managing the challenging behaviour presented by pupils within the school, as well as supporting families. She served on a number of County-wide working groups and was a member of the National Steering Group for Team Teach. Resources she developed are still available to download from the Team Teach website. Under her leadership the school was the first maintained school in the North of England to gain the Team Teach Gold Standard Award in recognition of best practice in managing challenging behaviour.
From September 2012 to December 2015 Gela worked as a Senior Tutor delivering Team Teach training in Lancashire, Cumbria, Swansea and Bridgend. She has trained school staff, foster carers, parents, staff from after-school and holiday clubs, respite carers and agency staff. Her training has received very positive feedback from course participants and managers alike. In addition to training staff directly, Gela was also involved in training and re-accrediting "in-house" Team Teach tutors for the special schools across Lancashire and further afield, including tutors for services for adults with learning disabilities.
With over 28 years in education and care settings Gela has a range of skills and experience to support the services she offers: