It is part of a “dentability” initiative with Temple, UPenn and AmeriHealth Caritas. It lays the groundwork for understanding how to work with people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and prepares the professional for actual hands on training in the PWP modalities. This course is open to all those with an interest in treating people with disabilities without sedation or restraint.
- Have a basic understanding of why and how PWP was created, PWP philosophy and PWP Practice Model.
- Understand, and have the expectation, that any person with intellectual disabilities can actively participate in their own care, no matter type, or degree, of disability, or how they have received medical, dental or personal care in the past.
- Understand the difference between capacity building and behavior management.
PWP Master Specialist
Ms. Jastrebski is the co-founder of the Practice Without Pressure (PWP) philosophy and process of care. A mother of three, she created PWP for her oldest, Marc, who has Down syndrome and significant heart issues. Marc was so frightened of anything in his personal space that medical, dental and personal care procedures were a nightmare, often resulting in restraint, sedation, and always trauma for him, his mom, and the clinicians and professionals performing the procedures. Ms. Jastrebski knew she had to find a better way when her son screamed and cried so hard that blood vessels broke in his face while being restrained for a procedure. Ms. Jastrebski has had a variety of personal, educational and work experiences, including physician’s assistant and an information technology analyst/project manager. She holds a degree in psychology, and was named a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader for her work in creating PWP. Since creating the PWP model in 2001, she has worked with thousands of individuals with disabilities, their caregivers, and the professionals who provide services to them. Her work is nationally known, and she has spoken to audiences across the country, to organizations such as the Special Care
Dentistry Association (SCDA) and the American Academy for Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). Ms. Jastrebski believes that everyone can participate in their care, no matter how affected they may be by their disability. And that the people who love, care for, and provide services to people with disabilities deserve to be supported, educated and trained in positive ways to interact, resulting in excellent care delivered with dignity and respect for everyone.
Individual with IDD
Mr. Jastrebski is an amazing man who loves all Philadelphia sports teams, his family, and happens to have Down syndrome. He is the inspiration for the creation of the Practice Without Pressure (PWP) philosophy and model of care. Mr. Jastrebski was born with significant heart issues along with his Down syndrome, and had his third open heart surgery in 2017. He has worked his entire adult life and loves it. His experience includes working in a plumbing warehouse, on the campus of University of Delaware in their food service department, and with PWP. At PWP he works training clinicians and working with other individuals with disabilities as a practice specialist, helping both groups build capacity for positive medical, dental and personal care procedures for people with disabilities. Mr. Jastrebski loves to help people, and can be seen holding doors for others, or passing out business cards at conferences he attends.