Specialist positive behavioural support team

Image of Emma BurtenshawEmma Burtenshaw
Trainee Behaviour Therapist at Low Laithes Village

My job at Low Laithes is to provide specialist assessment and intervention alongside the multi-disciplinary team to enhance the quality of life for the people we support. I have worked in a variety of services for people with Autism for several years and have most enjoyed working with adults with complex behavioural needs. I am currently working towards completing my master’s degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which will enable me to qualify as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). 

I started my career as a support worker whilst studying for my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I was fascinated by challenging behaviour and the motivation behind it, especially how the smallest intervention could reduce someone’s challenging behaviour and enhance their quality of life. The first time I followed the process from start to finish I knew it was something that I wanted to do. After working as a support worker and teaching assistant for a couple of years, I moved in to the psychology department and found my niche – ABA. 

In my spare time, I am an avid music fan. I have a very eclectic music taste and have previously sung in bands/choirs, which is something that I am hoping to get back in to. In the near future I would like to qualify as a BCBA and continue to work with adults with complex needs. I would eventually like to conduct research in to staff resilience in complex needs services and explore how the principles of ABA can be used to support them. 

Meet another member of the Specialist PBS Team...
Jill Chaplin - Consultant in Positive Behavioural Support & Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
Lucy Matthews  - Trainee Behaviour Therapist at Wilsic Hall School
Pauline Lyons  - Behaviour Therapist at Fullerton House School
Rachele Millerchip - Trainee Behaviour Therapist at Low Laithes