Catherine possesses two decades of experience in working with adults and young individuals who have learning disabilities, autism, and mental health needs. Her career commenced as a support worker, and she later became a registered learning disability nurse in 2011. Catherine has worked in both the NHS and social care sectors and has developed a profound interest in supporting individuals with complex behaviour to lead fulfilling lives in the community, utilising the Positive Behaviour Support model. This led to her obtaining an MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support in 2020. Catherine actively seeks to share her experience and passion for supporting individuals in a person-centered and proactive manner by training staff who support people in various settings across the UK.
In addition to training delivery, Catherine works on a consultancy basis for several social care organisations that are working towards or have established a PBS model within their organisation. This includes, at times, the delivery of a work-based learning PBS internship program to develop care staff into PBS roles, which is underpinned by the PBS Academy Standards for Practitioners. This has enabled organisations to upskill their workforce while simultaneously embedding a culture of PBS best practice throughout their organisation. We believe that this is crucial to the successful delivery of PBS in all settings.