Intensive Interaction and Emotional Well-Being Conference.
One of the ways that we celebrated all the things we have learnt over the last 25 years of operating was to share this learning more widely at a full-day Conference which was held on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at the Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate, Surrey.
The Conference provided the opportunity to listen to key researchers and practitioners and discussed the issue of what “well-being” really means for people who are often socially isolated. This includes children and adults with autism, learning disabilities or late stage dementia. The Conference explored the impact that meaningful connections have on self-confidence, self-esteem, mental health and emotional well-being and we were delighted that Graham Firth provided the valuable keynote speech on the topic of “Creating genuine Social Inclusion – keep calm and use Intensive Interaction”.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the Conference. The whole Us in a Bus team ended the day feeling buoyed up by the interest and enthusiasm people had shown in our work, as well as inspired and informed by our speakers. And your evaluation forms very clearly tell us that you all felt something similar!
Thank you for being so willing to enter into the discussions during the workshops and in breaks – there was a tangible sense of common purpose throughout the whole conference. The theme of focusing on well-being rather than doing didn’t mean that the conference didn’t lead to actions; it’s been a pleasure to hear people’s plans and ideas that the day engendered.
If, for you, those plans include getting more people on-board with the concept of Intensive Interaction, you might like to pass on to them our dates for our ‘open to all’ Introduction to intensive Interaction workshops for 2016. If you want to know more about the in-house workshops we can provide, or our coaching/mentoring input, please get in touch to discuss what you need.