The Atlass programme has a number of specific aims to assist course participants in understanding the role of stress in the person’s life within the context of cognition, environment and relationships, and how this contributes to what may be viewed as challenging behaviour. Specifically course participants will learn:

  • Development within the context of inter-subjective experience and how this should be applied to children who present with challenging behaviours
  • The underlying cognitive processes of human development and experience
  • The construct of self, the first person account and qualia
  • Low arousal approaches a conceptual framework (McDonnell, 2010), with a strong emphasis on creating reflective practitioners
  • Sensory perceptual differences, how we organise sensory information and its role in emotional distress and stress management
  • Stress and coping the role of environment and relationships within the stress transaction
  • The neurophysiology of a stressful encounter
  • The role of appraisal mechanisms in coping
  • Being mindful and encouraging mindfulness within support staff
  • Developing the mindful organization