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Behaviour Support

Behaviour Support

CatholicCare’s Behaviour Support creates individualised strategies for people with a disability that are person-centred, and solutions-focused.

What is Behaviour Support?

CatholicCare Behaviour Support Services work collaboratively with families and support teams to understand the underlying reasons for challenging behaviours. We then develop individualised behavior support plans that focus on reducing the challenging behaviours while also teaching the person skills to better manage their behaviour. Our overarching goal is to provide quality service based on ethical and sound clinical practice principles and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Who do we Support?

We support children, young people and adults with disabilities, who experience issues related to their thinking, feelings and behaviour. This includes people with intellectual disability, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mental health issues, and people with acquired brain injuries.

Who are our Behaviour Support Team?

Our registered Behaviour Support Practitioners work collaboratively with participants, families and to ultimately enhance the opportunity for every individual to achieve quality of life. Our team are particularly focused on building a strong professional relationship with each participant and supporting them to learn, grow and achieve their life goals.

As a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)-approved provider, CatholicCare’s Behaviour Support services are available as part of an individual’s NDIS Plan or on a fee-for-service basis. The NDIS categories relating to Behaviour Support are Improved Relationships and Improved Daily Living. 

Behavioural Assessment

The purpose of this assessment is to identify the factors that may be influencing a person’s behaviour. As such, we want to answer questions such as:

  • Why does the person engage in the behaviours of concern?
  • What is the purpose of their behaviour?
  • What is the relationship between the person, the environment and the behaviours of concern?
Behaviour Support Plan

Following the Behavioural Assessment, a Behaviour Support Plan is developed. This plan includes both strategies to manage the behaviour at the time it is happening, as well as strategies that will support behaviour change in the future. The registered Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner works collaboratively with the participant, family and to work out the details of each individual plan ensuring it is realistic, able to be implemented and importantly, clinically sound.

Training and Coaching

The Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner will work with parents and other team members to ensure they have the necessary skills and practice to implement the plan with the individual they are supporting. This will involve: 

  • Reviewing the written plan and answering any questions
  • Modelling and coaching the strategies included in the plan
  • Creating practice opportunities for the team members.
Monitoring and Review

Following coaching, the Registered Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner will stay involved to provide ongoing support that may include:

  • Ongoing support to problem solve any further issues and make changes to the plan
  • Assess progress in the context of skills development
  • Monitor progress through discussion and data analysis
  • Evaluate if the plan is achieving the identified goals.
Meet the Team

All members of our Behaviour Support team are suitably qualified and have extensive experience and training in Behaviour Support Practices. We also have direct access to a range of in-house professionals who specialise in autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), trauma, mental health and other issues faced by people living with a disability.

Stephen Groombridge, Clinical Specialist

During his career Stephen has developed extensive experience and knowledge in areas such as intellectual disability, mental health, complex trauma, neurobiology, neuropsychiatry and their interface with human behaviour. He has presented at a number of state, national and international conferences both here in Australia as well as overseas and undertaken a number of senior clinical roles across a number of sectors. His major areas of interest include behaviour support, mental health, trauma-informed care, clinical governance and in general, making the world a better place!


For more information, please contact:

Stephen Groombridge
Clinical Specialist Behaviour Support

For Referrals, please contact:
Shania Lane
Administrative Support