Improving staff capacity to form and facilitate relationships for people with severe intellectual disability: ‘it’s a slow process’. Report uri icon


  • This report is funded with assistance from a funding grant offered under the National Disability Research and Development Agenda, jointly implemented by disability representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. The aim of the study was to develop an educational intervention, based on the social relationships processes model, and test its effectiveness in increasing the capacity of direct support staff to understand, develop and facilitate relationships with people with severe intellectual disability, both with themselves as staff and with others in the community. The study also provided the opportunity to develop an observational measure of positive engagement and relationships based on the model.

publication date

  • 2014