The Inspire Foundation, Malta’s leading NGO in the disability sector, is proudly announcing the successful conclusion of the “Behaviours of Concern, Whose Behaviour – Whose Concern?” conference. The highly anticipated event took place on May 25th, 2023, at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC). With a turnout of over 170 attendees, the conference brought together experts from around the globe to explore evidence-supported, trauma-informed, and empathic approaches to address behaviours of concern.

The conference was designed to shed light on the impact of behaviours of concern, commonly known as challenging behaviours, on the quality of life, equality, and inclusion of individuals and families. Throughout the day-long event, distinguished international speakers shared their experiences, theories, and research, providing valuable insights into reducing stress among workers and enhancing overall well-being.

“Behaviours of concern are a significant hurdle that affects various aspects of life, be it at home, in schools, or across health and social care settings,” stated Paula Doumanov, Chief Quality Officer at Inspire Foundation. “Our conference was aimed at fostering meaningful and impactful discussions among mental health experts, with a particular focus on education, health services, and policies. As an NGO focused on improving the disability sector, we are committed to finding insights and solutions to empower and support individuals affected whilst providing health care professionals with sound academic insights and best practices.”

The conference featured an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, including Inspire’s Family Relations Manager Charlene Borg, parents Neville and Olga Cassar Bonavia, Alexis Quinn, Dr Elena Giouroukou, Dr Ian A. Davidson, Dr Ruth Moyse, Professor George Bagakis, Dr Thanos Koulis, Professor Richard Mills, Nicci Paine, Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, and Dr Bernadette Grosjean. Their expertise and thought-provoking presentations left a lasting impact on the attendees, further enriching their understanding of best practices and innovative approaches to managing behaviours of concern.

Inspire Foundation is proud to note that this year’s conference saw an impressive attendance of 178 individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of those experiencing behaviours of concern. The Foundation has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants, who expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn from renowned experts and network with like-minded professionals for the betterment of all.

Building on the resounding success of this year’s event, Inspire Foundation is already working diligently to secure the date for next year’s conference. The Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to driving positive change and fostering inclusive communities where all individuals have equal opportunities to thrive irrespective of their abilities.