Michael Caballero, Senior PsychologistAt Achieve, we understand that everyone’s wellbeing depends on a multitude of factors. Financial security, community networks and good physical and mental health are key to our ability
to lead meaningful lives.

This is why our My Wellbeing services offer a broad network of qualified professionals who can help improve the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of people with disability.

Alongside clinical nursing services, independent living support and financial coordination, Achieve are putting new emphasis and energy into our Psychology and Behaviour Support Services (PBSS).

Psychology and Behaviour Support Services at Achieve

Achieve’s Psychology and Behaviour Support Services are NDIS registered and are able to provide supports under the categories of ‘Improved Relationships’ and ‘Improved Daily Living’. Achieve has recently relaunched and rebuilt these services under the guidance of our new Senior Psychologist, Michael Caballero (pictured above). Throughout his career as a psychologist, Michael has focused on working to overcome behaviours of concern in people with disability. He is also a trained I-CAN facilitator. I-CAN is an award-winning support needs assessment, planning and resource allocation tool designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with disabilities.

“We look holistically at what is going on in the person’s life, attempt to understand why that behaviour is happening and what the individual is trying to communicate by displaying that behaviour,” explains Senior Psychologist, Michael Caballero.

“We are then able to develop a tailored program that focuses on creating a supportive environment, developing skills and applying new strategies to help meet individual needs and goals,” Michael said.

Michael’s considered, individualised approach is at the heart of the Achieve’s new PBSS program which is split into two categories – Positive Behaviour Support and Psychology Services.

Positive Behaviour Support

(NDIS Funding Category: ‘Improved Relationships’)

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach to improving behaviours of concern in people with disability.

Our Behaviour Support Coordinators are trained in a non-aversive, and skills-based approach, emphasising positive reinforcement. Our PBS services include:

  • comprehensive behaviour assessments and written reports
  • development of Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBSP)
  • training in, and implementation of the PBSP
  • staff and carer training in Positive Behaviour Support consultation and advice

Addressing behaviours of concern in this way helps to improve social and community relationships and the overall quality of life for people with disability.

Psychology Services

(NDIS Funding Category: ‘Improved Daily Living’)

Psychologists are trained in cognitive and behavioural sciences. Our team of qualified psychologists offer a range of assessments and treatments for people with disability to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

These services are tailored to the specific requirements of each individual and can include:

  • cognitive and mental health assessment and treatment
  • assessment and education around maladaptive sexualised behaviours
  • assessments to determine a person’s capacity to make decisions
  • dementia screening
  • individual/group therapy
  • training in topics related to psychology for staff and participants
  • consultation and advice

Our Psychology Services are designed to improve the mental wellbeing of each individual participant, making daily life easier.

Contact the PBSS Team

Our Psychologists and Behaviour Support Coordinators offer flexible meeting options including home visits, allowing sessions to take place in the most comfortable environment possible for each individual. The team are able to respond to all referrals and there is currently no waitlist for services. For enquiries or to discuss a referral, contact our My Pathway team on 1300 22 44 38 or via the enquiry form to discuss your needs.

“We look holistically at what is going on in the person’s life”

– Michael Caballero, Senior Psychologist

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