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Chris Mannes

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Chris is an NDIS registered behaviour support practitioner providing NDIS services under the Improved Relationships category. After spending many years in various roles within the disability sector, Chris has opened his own business, Happy Lives Behaviour Support, providing a range of behaviour intervention support services. Happy Lives Behaviour Support operates in collaboration with Happy Kids Psychology (operated by Chris’ wife, Merae Atkin) which also provides behaviour support services, along with psychological assessments and therapeutic supports.

Chris studied at the University of Melbourne, completing a BA with a double major in Psychology. Since entering the workforce Chris has engaged in a wide range of learning regarding various disability and behaviour topics, including training run by the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Chris has also completed a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

With 20 years of experience in the disability sector, Chris has worked extensively with both children and adults (and their support networks) in a wide range of settings including schools & kindergartens, family environments, residential services, day programs and in the community. After initially being involved in the early intervention behavioural therapy field for many years, Chris then joined the Department of Health and Human Services. For 12 years he worked in the Family Team and then the specialist Behaviour Intervention Support Team, before leaving in 2020 to start Happy Lives Behaviour Support.

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in behaviour management and disability to his work, with particular experience and interest in supporting individuals with Autism. He has a strong focus on strengthening the skills and understanding of those supporting individuals with behavioural concerns, to enable continued improvement and maintenance of behaviour improvements.

Happy Lives Behaviour Support works in collaboration with Happy Kids Psychology, which consists of Merae Atkin (practice owner, registered psychologist & behaviour support practitioner) and Amanda Fernandez (registered psychologist & behaviour support practitioner). Click on the links below to check out Happy Kids Psychology and information about Merae and Amanda!

Happy Kids Psychology

Marae Atkin - Happy Kids Psychology

Merae Atkin

Amanda Fernandez - Happy Kids Psychology

Amanda Fernandez

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