Welcome to Callan Institute Annual Report 2016. 

 Message from the Co-ordinator

Callan Institute specialises in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Relationships and Sexuality, (through RUA) for children and adults with Intellectual Disability (ID).

In 2016, we made a commitment to facilitate easy access to our services. We ensured that we were available to individuals, families and staff requiring our support by providing a drop in consultation model; using practice support (for families and staff) and PBS clinics across our services. Our workshops in ‘Positive Behaviour Support’ and ‘Relationships and Sexuality’ were provided in all our services and as members of a variety of committees within Saint John of God Services we worked together to ensure that our services were provided where they were needed most. We also facilitated consultation, training and the sharing of resources with other voluntary and state funded services.

As disability services consider personalised budgets and individualised supports, we recognise an even greater need for circles of support (individuals, family members and staff) to be able to think and talk together. In 2016 we facilitated a number of Reflective Practice inputs for this purpose, and we plan to continue to provide this support as we embrace the change ahead.

I would like to thank Padraig Walsh, Behaviour Specialist for his contribution to the team over his 2-year contract and welcome back Christina Doody from her post as Quality Advisor with the Programme, Quality and Safety Department of Saint John of God. We look forward to our new Director, Ms Teresa Mallon joining us in 2017. On behalf of the team can I say thank you to everyone for all your support in 2016 and we look forward to talking, thinking, reflecting and learning with you next year.

Caroline Dench