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Lesley Whatson


Portfolio Manager, Clinical Practice, SAL Consulting

Qualifications / Professional Associations:
Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts (Special Education)

Summary Professional Experience:
Lesley has been working in the disability sector since 1987 and has a special interest in the mental health of children and young people with intellectual disability.  Lesley has been actively involved in the development of practice relating to interdisciplinary collaboration, family and systemic practice and trauma-informed frameworks for supporting people with intellectual disability; she has been providing training, supervision and mentoring in these areas for many years.  Lesley has also worked at an organisational level, across government and non-government agencies, contributing to the development of policy and practice guidelines, and building the capacity of the sector to deliver Positive Behaviour Support.

Lesley has published a number of pieces of work in this and allied areas of practice including co-editing the Mental health of children and adolescents with intellectual disability: A framework for professional practice (2011).

Lesley was a Project Manager of the development group that produced Taking Time: A trauma-informed framework for supporting people with intellectual disability and Taking Time: A Literature Review.  These resources are available to download:

Lesley Whatson
Lesley Whatson


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Impact of Torture and Trauma on the Neuro-development and Attachment of People from Refugee Backgrounds with Disability 



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