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Vivienne Riches

Vivienne Riches is a registered psychologist and clinician, consultant, and an experienced researcher, lecturer and teacher in disability, special education and mental health. A Director with the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID), and ASID NSW, and an Advisory Board Member for the A21 Campaign (Abolishing Human Trafficking), Vivienne was inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall Of Fame in 2013 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Disability Employment. Other awards include the 2011 ASID Journal Australasian Research Prize for the article Transforming staff practice through Active Support, Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36(3): 1–32.

Vivienne joined CDS in 1998 and has worked on a number of projects, including:

  • Assessment and classification of support needs: eg Development of Support Needs Classification Instrument for ACT Community Care 1999-2001; Development of support needs classification instrument –– Linkage Project - Australian Research Council (with G Llewellyn, J. Chan) 2002-05; Construction of Disability Services’ Support Needs Profiling Tool: Ensuring Equity in Individual Funding for Victorian Department of Human Services, 2012.
  • Devolution of institutional care into community living: eg Development of an evaluation framework and initial evaluation of the Life Without Barriers Host Care Program, Life Without Barriers, 2006; O’Brien, P. & Riches, V.C. Evaluation of MINDA Demonstration project: Real Lives Real Places, Minda Inc. SA, 2011-2012
  • Forensics and behaviour support: eg Analysis of Specialist Support Services in NSW, 2001, NSW Department of Community Services; Evaluation of Sexual Offenders Support Project, 2000-2002, NSW Department Of Community Services; Evaluation of DSQ Innovative Support and Housing Pilots Disability Services Queensland, 2005-2008; Developmental Psychiatry Clinic (DPC) Review, Family & Community Services & The Children’s Hospital Westmead 2013; Risk Assessment Practice Guidelines. Developed for ADHC Statewide Behaviour Intervention Support, Department of Family & Community Services 2013 ; ADHC Behaviour Support Policy review and update Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing Disability & Home Care, Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing Disability & Home Care, Department of Family & Community Services 2014.
  • Vocational training and employment: Towards a Fair Support Measurement Research Project for ACE Employment 2007-2008; The construction of Disability Services’ Support Needs Profiling Tool. Funded by Department of Human Services (DHS) Victoria 2009 -2011; Expert Assessment of Working Definitions of Moderate Intellectual Disability (RFQ 26570). Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2011; Provision of specialist advice on revising Table 9: Intellectual Function of the Tables For the Assessment of Work-Related Impairment for Disability Support Pension. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) 2011; Nova Employment Inc, 2014; Enhanced Employment Outcomes, Nova DES, 2015-16, Person centeredness in Employment settings, Sunshine 2013; Person centredness and employment training, 2014-16.
  • Transition from school to work: The transition from secondary school to adulthood: Experiences and Life outcomes for youth with an intellectual disability and their families. ARC Linkage grant, 2009-2014;Nova transition To Work (TTW) Evaluation; Consultancy for Ministry of Education Singapore, Special Education Branch on the School to Work Prototype, 2012-2016.
  • Person Centred Active Support: Active Support Train-the-Trainer Project Disability Services Queensland –Implementation and evaluation of phase 1 in SE Queensland, 2007-2008; 2010; Train The Trainer’ Active Support for Northcott Disability Services, 2011; New Zealand, 2012; ADHC Specialist Supported Living clusters, 2013; FACs ADHC Community Access Directorate, 2015-16; Indpendent Living Centres, Seoul, South Korea, 2016.

Research interests include mental and emotional health and well-being, trauma informed care, vocational training and employment, transition from school to post school for people with disability, community living, Person Centred Active Support, social and interpersonal skills; positive behaviour support and forensics; and classification and assessment of support needs.

Qualifications:

BA, Dip. Ed., MA(Hons), PhD, MAPS, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Research  (Past 5 years only)
  1. 2015-16 Riches, V.C. (2015). NOVA Employment Enhanced Employment Program Outcomes: A research project by the Centre for Disability Studies.
  2. 2014 Riches, V.C. (2014). Transition 2 Work Consultancy and Evaluation. Special Education Branch, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
  3. 2014 Riches V.C  (2014) Evaluation Nova Transition to Work Project
  4. 2014 O'Brien P; Arnold S, Riches V; Edwards M. (2014) Quality of Life Study-Metro Residences Redevelopment Stage 1 with Matrix on Board
  5. 2013 Evaluation of the Community Justice Program with NSW Treasury’s Centre for Program Evaluation
  6. 2013 Riches, V.C & Arnold, S. (2013-14). Person Centred Active Support Train the Trainer ADHC, Department of Family & Community Services
  7. Riches, V.C. (2013). ADHC Behaviour Support Policy review and update Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing Disability & Home Care, Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing Disability & Home Care, Department of Family & Community Services
  8. Riches, V.C. & O’Brien, P. (2013) Developmental Psychiatry Clinic (DPC) Review, Family & Community Services & The Children’s Hospital Westmead
  9. 2013 Riches, V.C. (2013). Risk Assessment Practice Guidelines. ADHC Statewide Behaviour Intervention Support, Department of Family & Community Services
  10. 2012 Riches V.C. (2012). Active Support train-the-trainer project for IDEA New Zealand
  11. 2011 Riches, V.C. (2011). Provision of specialist advice on revising Table 9: Intellectual Function of the Tables For the Assessment of Work-Related Impairment for Disability Support Pension. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA)
  12. 2011 Riches, V.C. O’Brien, P. & Pye, N. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Expert Assessment of Working Definitions of Moderate Intellectual Disability (RFQ 26570)
  13. 2011 Harman, T., Riches, V & O’Brien, P. ‘Train The Trainer’ Active Support - Northcott Disability Services
  14. 2010-2011 O’Brien, P. & Riches, V.C. Evaluation of MINDA Demonstration project: Real Lives Real Places, Minda Inc. SA
  15. 2010-2012 O’Brien, P. & Riches, V.C. Capturing the impact of person centredness training on staff and on people with intellectual disabilities being supported by Wesley Disability Services
  16. 2009-2014 Leonard, Bower, deKlerk, Llewellyn, Einfled, Parmenter, Tonge, Riches, Lennox, Chalmers, Brigg, Lewis & Softly ARC Linkage Grant The transition form secondary school to adulthood: Experiences and Life outcomes for youth with an intellectual disability and their families
  17. 2010-2011 Parmenter, T.R., Riches, V.C. & Arnold, S. The construction of Disability Services’ Support Needs Profiling Tool. Funded by Department of Human Services (DHS) Victoria
Publications

Books

  1. Riches, V.C. (1986). Communicating everyday. Teaching interaction skills to persons with developmental disabilities. Sydney: Macquarie University & Southwood Press.
  2. Riches, V.C. (1993). Standards of work performance: A functional assessment and training manual for training people with disabilities for employment. Sydney: Maclennan & Petty.
  3. Riches, V.C. (1993). Standards of work performance: Data collection forms. Sydney: Maclennan & Petty.
  4. Riches, V.C. (1996). Everyday social interaction: A program for people with disabilities. Sydney: MacLennan & Petty/ Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
  5. Riches, V.C. & Riches, T.N. (2012). AngerWise: A problem solving approach to handling anger wisely Facilitator Handbook & Participant Handbook Version 3.0. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.

Book Chapters

  1. Hauritz, M., Parmenter, T.R., & Riches, V.C. (1981). The role of vocational training in preparing disabled youth for independent living. In The Preparation of Disabled Young People for Adult Society. (pp 139-169). Canberra: Commonwealth Schools Commission.
  2. Riches, V.C (1981). The efficacy of social interventions on the personal adjustment of mildly intellectually handicapped adolescents. In G. McIntyre, & T.R. Parmenter (Eds.). Preparation for life: Programs for mentally handicapped people in Australia in the 1980s. (pp. 250-263). Fitzroy, Vic: Prentice Hall of Australia Pty Ltd.
  3. Riches, V.C. (1996). Transition from school to community. In B. Stratford & P. Gunn (Eds.), New approaches to Down Syndrome. (pp 424-435). London, UK: Cassell.
  4. Parmenter, T.R., Llewellyn, G., Chan, J., & Riches, V.C., (2003). Supports classification and assessment of needs instrument. ICF Australian User Guide Version 1.0 Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare /www.aihw.gov.au/disability/icf ug/index.html
  5. Parmenter, T.R., Harman, A., Yazbeck, M., & Riches, V.C (2006). Life skills training for adolescents with intellectual disabilities. In P. N. Walsh, A. Carr, G. O’Reilly & J. McEvoy (Eds.), Handbook of intellectual disability and clinical psychology practice. London: Routledge, pp 687-728.
  6. Riches, V.C (2009). Supporting staff who support clients with intellectual disability. In V. Prasher (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disability. Nova Science Press.
  7. Parmenter, T.R., Harman, A.D., Yazbeck, M. & Riches, V.C. (2014). Life skills training for adolescents with intellectual disabilities. In P.N. Walsh, A. Carr, G. O’Reilley & J. McEvoy (Eds.), Handbook of intellectual disability and clinical psychology practice. Second Edition. London: Routledge, 687-728.
  8. Stancliffe R. J., Arnold, S. R. C., & Riches, V. C. (in press). The supports paradigm. In R. L. Schalock & K. D. Keith (Eds.), Cross-cultural quality of life: Enhancing the lives of persons with intellectual disability (2nd ed.). Washington DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Journal Articles (Past 5 years only)

  1. Arnold, S.R.C., Riches, V. C., & Stancliffe, R. J. (2010). The I-CAN: Developing a bio-psycho-social understanding of support. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(5), 486.
  2. Riches, V.C., Harman,. D., Keen, D., Pennell, D., Harley, H., & Walker, M. (2011). Transforming staff practice with Active support, Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36(3): 1–32.
  3. Riches, V.C. (2011). Preventing social isolation in adulthood: A discussion around four vignettes. Down Syndrome Quarterly, 13 (1 & 2), 14-19.
  4. Arnold, S.R.C., Riches, V.C. & Stancliffe, R.J. (2011). Intelligence is as Intelligence Does: Can Additional Support Needs Replace Disability?  Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36(4): 258-262.
  5. Chan, G., Webber. L., Arnold, S., Riches, V., Parmenter, T., & Stancliffe, R. (2012). Is it time to drop the term ‘challenging behaviour’? Learning Disability Practice, 15 (5), 36-38.
  6. Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe, R. (2014), I-CAN: The Classification and Prediction of Support Needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 27(2), 97-111.
  7. Foley, K., Jacoby, P., Einfeld, S., Girdler, S., Bourke, J., Riches, V., & Leonard, H. (2014). Day occupation is associated with psychopathology for adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. BMC Psychiatry MS ID: 2209894761098404 JWF MS ID: 12888_2014_266
  8. Riches, T., Riches, V.C., & Arnold, S.A. (2015). Making room for spiritual abilities: Towards inclusive worship practices. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 17,
  9. Arnold, S. R. C., Riches, V. C. & Stancliffe, R. J. (2015). Does a measure of support needs predict funding need better than a measure of adaptive and maladaptive behavior? American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(5), 375–394. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-120.5.375

Conference Papers (Past 5 years only )

  1. Riches, V.C. (2010). Managing Transitions. Keynote Address presented at the National Disability Services (NDS) Accommodation and Social Participation Conference 2010: Moving On: Supporting People with Disability to Manage Change. Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast, Qld, 6th May, 2010.
  2. Riches, V.C. & Harman, T. (2010). Active Support – long term sustainability. 45th ASID Australasian Conference Seeking Excellence. Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Qld, October 1st, 2010.
  3. Riches, V.C. (2010). Who Supports the Support Staff? ASSID NSW/ACT Regional Conference, Liverpool Catholic Club, August 20th, 2010.
  4. Riches, V.C. & Dickson, R (2010). Psychological interventions among people with ID and mental health concerns. 3rd IASSID Europe Conference Integrating Biomedical and Psycho-Social-Educational Perspectives. Rome Italy, 20-22 October. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (5), 426.
  5. Arnold, S.R.C., Riches, V.C., Stancliffe. R (2010) The I-CAN: Developing a bio-psycho-social understanding of support. 3rd IASSID-Europe Conference Integrating Biomedical and Psycho-Social-Educational Perspectives. Rome Italy, 20-22 October. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 (5), 486.
  6. Riches, V.C. (2012). Partnering together: strength in diversity. Keynote Address MOE-SNEF Work Experience Programme Appreciation Tea & Networking session for Employers. Hans (F&B) Pte Ltd @ Great Eastern Centre, Singapore, 1st June 2012.
  7. Riches, V.C., Knox, M., O’Brien, P., Dickson, R & Gore, C. (2012). Being in the Community: A Story of Creativity, Flexibility and Resilience. Program and Abstracts, ASID 47th annual Conference Unity in Diversity, Wellington, New Zealand, 7th November 2012, page 32-33.
  8. Knox, M., O’Brien, P., Riches, V.C., Arnold, S., & Dickson, R. (2012). Person Centredness and Organisational Cultural Shift: Does Staff Training have a Role? Program and Abstracts ASID 47th annual Conference Unity in Diversity, Wellington, New Zealand, 9th November 2012, page 99-100.
  9. Arnold, S., Riches, V., & Stancliffe, R. (2012). Allocating resources, planning supports and the development of I-CAN v5. Program and Abstracts ASID 47th annual Conference Unity in Diversity, Wellington, New Zealand, 9th November 2012, page 95.
  10. Riches, V.C. (2013). Staff support and Well being. Keynote address Direct Support Professionals Conference The New Workplace: Professionalisation, “DisabilityCare” and Inclusion, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 22 July 2013.
  11. O’Brien, P., Riches, V., Doukakis, E., Murray, R., Gore, C., Arnold, A., Knox, M., & Gadow, F. (2013). On being person centred. Paper presented at 3rd IASSIDD Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, August 22-24, 2013. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10 (2), 157.
  12. Riches, C., O’Brien, P., Knox, M., Gadow, F., & Gore, C. (2013). The effect of Person Centred Active Support on choice and social inclusion for people moving from institutional care to community living. 3rd IASSIDD Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, August 22-24, 2013. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10 (2), 165
  13. Knox, M., Gadow, F., O’Brien, P., Riches, V., Maher, P., & Arnold, S. (2013). Can Person Centredness bring about an organisational cultural shift? 3rd IASSIDD Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, August 22-24, 2013. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10 (2),137.
  14. Riches, V.C. & Murray, R. (2013). How feasible is person centredness in the employment context? 48th Australasian Society on Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference “Our Time”, Program and Abstracts, Sydney, 6-8 November 2013, page 90.
  15. Arnold, S., Devyver, V., Riches, V. & Stancliffe, R. (2013). I-CAN measure Active Support outcomes: Does support change and activity increase through Active support training? 48th Australasian Society on Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference “Our Time”, Program and Abstracts, Sydney, 6-8 November 2013, page 36-37.
  16. Riches, V.C. & Arnold, S. (2014). Support Needs Assessment and the I-CAN Tool. NSW CID Conference: Getting the Best from the NDIS- Making it work for people with intellectual disability. Panthers Club, Newcastle, Australia 29 August, 2014.
  17. Riches, T, & Riches, V.C. (2014). Spiritual Disabilities, or Abilities? Towards Worship Practices that include. L’Arche Jubilee Symposium Spirituality and Disability: Vulnerability, Dependency & Interdependency. Centre for Theology & Ministry Parkville, Vic. Australia, 4th October 2014.
  18. Riches, V.C. (2014). Person Centred transition Planning. Singapore Ministry of Education SPED Conference 2014 Staying Rooted Soaring High. Resorts World Conference Centre Sentosa, Singapore, 12 November, 2014.
  19. Arnold, S., Riches, V., Stancliffe R. J. (2014). Support needs predict funding need better than adaptive behaviour [Abstract]. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 352.
  20. Riches, V., & Carthy, T. (2015). Person Centred Clinical Risk Assessment Practice Guide. The ADHC Sydney Wide Behaviour Support Conference: Looking to the Future. Lidcombe, Sydney, 22 April 2015.
  21. Riches, V.C., & Goyer, A. (2015). “What Specific Processes Facilitate Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities?” PAC RIM International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Hawai’i Convention Centre, Honolulu Hawaii, USA, 19 May 2015.
  22. Riches, V.C., Goyer, A. & Knox, M. (2015). Enhancing inclusive transition to work outcomes for students with moderate to high support needs. IASSIDD Americas Regional Congress 2015 Inclusive Boundaries, Program and Abstracts, Hawai’i Convention Centre, Honolulu Hawaii, USA, 22 May 2015 p A-22.
  23. Riches, V., & Goyer, A. (2015). Enhancing Transition to Work Outcomes through evidence based practice processes. Australia’s Disability Employment Conference, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia, 19 August, 2015.
  24. Arnold, S.A. & Riches, V.C. (2015). International Approaches to Individual Budgeting and the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). International Seminar on Independent Living of People with Developmental Disabilities. Seoul, Korea 7th October 2015.
  25. Riches, V.C. & Gadow, F. (2015). Person-centred clinical risk assessment. 50th Annual ASID Conference “Making it RealProgram and Abstracts, Crown Promenade Conference Centre, Melbourne, 11-13th November 2015, page 69.
  26. Arnold, S.A., Riches, V.C. & Gadow, F. (2015). Revising the FACS NSW behaviour support policy and practice manual. 50th Annual ASID Conference “Making it RealProgram and Abstracts, Crown Promenade Conference Centre, Melbourne, 11-13th November 2015, page 83.
  27. Riches, V.C. (2016). Enhancing service delivery through person-centred Active support. Keynote Address, MINDS Symposium Reflect-Rejuvenate-Reach Out, Furama Riverfront, Singapore, 28 May 2016 (Program and Abstract, pp. 7-9).

Reports (Past 5 years only)

  1. Riches, V.C., Arnold, S. (2010). Construction of a Disability Support Needs Profiling Tool for the department of Human Services, Victoria, July; Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
  2. Riches, V.C. & Pye, N. (2011). Expert Assessment of Working Definitions of Moderate Intellectual Disability (RFQ 26570) Report to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
  3. Riches, V.C. (2011). Provision Of Specialist Advice to The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) On Revising Table 9: Intellectual Function Of The Tables For The Assessment Of Work-Related Impairment For Disability Support Pension. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
  4. Riches, V., Cain, P., & McVilly, K. (2011). Provision of specialist advice on revising Table 9: intellectual function for the assessment of work related impairment for the disability support pension.  Confidential report prepared for FAHCSIA.
  5. Riches, V.C., Arnold, S.R.C., & O’Brien, P. (2012). Construction of Disability Services’ Support Needs Profiling Tool: Ensuring Equity in Individual Funding. Final Report. Prepared for the Victorian Department of Human Services. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
  6. O’Brien, P., Riches, V., Knox, M. & Gadow, F. (2012). Real Lives Real Places Demonstration Project: A Review. Report prepared for Minda Incorporated. Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
  7. Gadow, F., & Riches, V.C. (2014). Practice Guide to Person Centred Clinical Risk Assessment. Prepared for NSW Department of Family & Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care Statewide Behaviour Support Services (SBIS).
  8. O’Brien, P., Espiner, D., Riches, V. & Arnold, S. (2014). Evaluation report on the Developmental Psychiatry Clinic: A Partnership between The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service (ADHC), CDS, Sydney.
  9. Riches, V.C. (2014). Special Education School-2-Work Consultancy Summary Report for the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.
  10. Riches, V.C., Arnold, S.R.C., & Gadow, F. (2014). Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Guide. Prepared for Clinical Innovation and Governance, ADHC, NSW Department of Family & Community Services. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.
  11. Riches, V.C., Arnold, S.R.C., & Gadow, F. (2014). Behaviour Support Environmental Scan Prepared for Clinical Innovation and Governance, ADHC, NSW Department of Family & Community Services. Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies.
  12. Riches, V. C., Knox, M. & O’Brien, B. (2014). Nova Transition To Work (TTW) Program Evaluation Report, Sydney: Centre for Disability Studies & The University of Sydney.
Teaching   (Past 5 years only)
  • 2004-2011 Coordinator and lecturer Vocational Units for the Diploma in Disability Studies, Singapore delivered face to face and offered by the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, Sydney in partnership with the Social Service Training Institute, Singapore.
  • 2012-2015 Coordinator and lecturer for Vocational Options and Community Living Units: CHCORG506E - Coordinate the work environment; CHCDIS405A- Facilitate skills development and maintenance; CHCDIS509E – Maximise participation in work by people with disabilities as part of the
 Diploma of Disability CHC50108  and (a) Offered in Singapore by the Centre for Disability Studies in conjunction with the Social Services Institute (SSI) c/o National Council of Social Service. (b) Offered in Australia by the Centre for Disability Studies via Sydney Learning, University of Sydney.
  • 2009-2016 Secondary supervisor, 6 PhD candidates, The University of Sydney, 1 PhD student University NSW.
  • 1998-2016 Supervision psychology interns and clinical supervision psychologists

 

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