CALM - Crisis, Aggression, Limitation and Management
The quality of training courses is directly dependent on the quality of training staff. CALM Training Services have a rigorous staff recruitment policy. All staff are directly employed. We do not franchise to ensure strict accountability and quality assurance. All staff are professionally qualified and have considerable operational and usually management experience in the fields in which we train.
CALM Training has a comprehensive staff training programme, recently commended by Investors in People in their re-accreditation report. Staff maintain a current knowledge of the literature on social policy, behavioural management and legal developments etc.
Current CALM Staff include:-
David Leadbetter:- M Sc, BA ( Hons), CQSW, Dip SW, Certificate in Social Work Education , Certificate in the Management of Training & Development, FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Science and Commerce)
David is a recognised authority on the issue of work related aggression with over 25 years experience of training in this area. An experience combining an early amateur interest in the martial arts with an academic and professional background in social work and social work training. He has been involved in a number of policy, training and research initiatives at a national level in the UK , USA and Europe. These include the Clinical Practice Guidelines initiative undertaken by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and long term support for the BILD accreditation scheme. Aspects of the authoritative guidance on restraint for Scottish residential childcare and mental health services are adapted from his published work, as are professional training programmes in Germany, Japan and Northern Ireland etc. He continues to act in an advisory capacity to various national bodies.
David has studied the topic of occupational violence at an advanced academic level, undertaken and published research and continues to write extensively on the issue of occupational violence, challenging behaviour and related issues. Although he quickly rejected the validity of the approach, he was the first care sector worker to obtain an Instructors accreditation in the Control and Restraint model of physical restraint, used by the NHS. He has written extensively on the problems and abuses of restraint in the human services and is a well-known published critic of current approaches to behavioural management and physical restraint.
Dr Brodie Paterson PhD, M.Ed, B.A Hons, R.M.N, R.N.L.D, R.N.T, Dip. Nursing, FEANS
Brodie is a registered mental health and learning disability nurse whose background is in challenging behaviour. He has degrees in Psychology, Education and Social Policy and is author of nearly 100 articles, chapters and text on violence prevention as a clinical, organisational, social and political problem.
Brodie conducted the first UK study evaluating training in the prevention and safer management of violence, organised the first UK conference on workplace violence and conducted the seminal UK study into restraint related deaths in health and social care. He was a member of the Cross government working party on violence in services for people with mental health issues, a member of the working party for Holding Safely and is a member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Interest group. He is regularly instructed as an expert witness for the Health and safety executive and has been a consultant to violence prevention initiatives in several countries.
Helen Stevenson MA (Hons), Dip SW
Helen graduated in 1993 from Aberdeen University with an MA (Hons) degree in English Literature. She worked in adult Intellectual Disability and Mental Health services and then in residential child care as a direct care practitioner before returning to education to study social work. Helen attained her Dip SW in 1997 from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and then took up a practice post within residential education.
Joining CALM in July 2000 as a Training Officer, she became the companies Training Manager in 2003 and is now a co-director.
Drawing from a strong practice background predominantly in child care with young people with SEBD, Helen still has an active interest in driving practice forward in this area.
Her role in CALM is now split between Training & Development and the Operational aspects of CALM. She is the practical brains of CALM and provides a healthy balance with the other two Directors!