Explore Specialist Advice

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If someone you care about or support is showing signs of challenging behaviour, Explore Specialist Advice can help.

Explore Specialist Advice is the national provider of behaviour support for people with disabilities.

We also provide parent education and support programmes for families  who have a child or young person with a diagnosis of autism.

Explore’s vision is to empower people to live great lives. We do this by partnering directly with people, their family/whānau and wider support networks to provide high quality, evidence-based, education and positive behaviour support services that build on people’s existing strengths and resources. We adopt ethical approaches that promote human rights, inclusion in society, and equal opportunities.

Explore promotes a coordinated approach across all the services and professionals involved in supporting the people we work with. We strive to provide the right service to the right people at the right time.

Our model

Positive Behaviour Support

Explore provides specialist advice and support to all people whose behaviour challenges. We work using a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework that:

  • Builds understanding of why challenging behaviour happens, based on an assessment of the social and physical environment in which it occurs
  • Uses this understanding to implement and evaluate a system of support that enhances quality of life outcomes for the focal person and other stakeholders, and reduces challenging behaviour

Positive behaviour support focuses on understanding a person’s needs and supporting them and the people around them to experience a better quality of life. Through doing this we also reduce behaviours that challenge.

At Explore we believe that all behaviour is a form of communication and that to understand behaviour we need to first understand the person, their strengths and needs, as well as their situation.  We work in practical ways to develop peoples’ skills to manage and cope with challenges.

We work in partnership with people and their wider support networks. Any plan will be developed collaboratively and include the family and other supporters to ensure everyone is aware of their role and responsibilities and actions can be monitored, reviewed and adjusted. This approach ensures the least restrictive and most effective interventions can have the most durable and positive impact before we finish our work.

PBS Framework


Focus on quality of life, inclusion and participation
Build people’s skills and avoid punishment
Be culturally responsive and work in partnership


All behaviour has a function
Applied Behavior Analysis informs practice
Practise is also informed by complimentary evidence based approaches


Decisions are based on evidence
Functional assessment informs intervention
Interventions are multicomponent – proactive and reative
Aim to create  long term change

Explore’s team

Explore employs a team of over 170 highly qualified behaviour specialists. We are New Zealand’s largest private employer of psychologists, and our exceptional team also includes occupational therapists, speech language therapists, teachers, nurses and art therapists.

What staff like about working at Explore

“We’re trusted to do our job and treated like professionals”

“Flexibility – other organisations talk about it but Explore actually does it – that wasn’t something I expected before I came here”

Meaningful Work
“People at Explore really care about our clients”

Being respected
“I have never felt so respected, so trusted and so welcomed into a team and work place”

Working for Explore

At Explore we are always interested in hearing from people who want to find out more about the roles we offer, or who may like to work with us.

In particular we are interested in hearing from people with relevant qualifications and/or experience in Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Teaching, and with other relevant disability and behaviour support experience.

At Explore we offer:

  • a professional and supportive environment where innovation and skills transfer are valued
  • flexibility including flexible hours and variety of challenging work
  • commitment to your professional and personal development
  • autonomy with easy access to management, clinical oversight and peer support through our flat structure
  • satisfaction in the role – knowing you are making a difference.

Apply for current vacancies online or register your interest in working for us. You can also contact us on 0800 000 421 or email us  to find out more.


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