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Positive Behaviour Management Pro (PBMpro) has been certified by BILD ACT and complies with the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Training Standards. The current certification is valid until November 2022 and it is re-certified every three years.

PBMpro provides further information on PBS primary prevention strategies by:

  • Delivering important introductory information on what we mean by challenging behaviour and how the behavioural model works within the applied framework of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
  • Exploring the critical ingredients for reducing the use of restrictive practices in services
  • Examining the opportunities for proactive intervention during the course of challenging incidents
  • Analysing the key role of communication
  • Considering trauma-informed PBS interventions
  • Understanding how to measure the impact of PBS support plans

Whereas our Positive Approaches PBS training focuses exclusively on proactive organisational and user-level primary prevention strategies, PBMpro addresses all parts of a PBS plan – providing in-depth training on secondary prevention (changing the course of already triggered behavioural episodes through effective early intervention) and reactive strategies (ethical and safe approaches to those behavioural challenges which may not be preventable and require physical intervention).

The secondary and reactive components focus on aspects such as the use of personal space and breakaway techniques together with a limited number of restraint procedures (if required), all supported by underpinning knowledge and values stemming from evidence-based practice and empirical research. None of our techniques employ pain to achieve compliance and known high-risk procedures are avoided.

*** Click here to download a leaflet about PBMpro***

PBMpro is delivered extensively across the UK and is one of the very few UK or international reactive strategy training approaches to have any supporting peer review research into its effectiveness. Published outcomes include:

  • Lower rates of restraint use
  • Lower rates of emergency medication use
  • Reduced injuries to staff
  • Reduced injuries to service users
  • Increased staff confidence and knowledge

PBMpro training is available for the following service user groups:

  • Adults with intellectual disabilities or autism
  • Adults with acquired brain injury
  • Adults with mental health needs
  • Older people with dementia
  • Children & Young People
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Care staff training

Care staff courses are delivered on-site or at a local venue of your choice. The initial course duration is 2.5 or 3 days depending on the number of techniques required. The annual refresher is up to one day. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a course for your organisation.

Trainer training

Large organisations can opt to become an Affiliate Service Provider and to train their own Associate Trainers through our CPD approved trainer programme. Associate Trainers are then authorised to deliver PBMpro specifically within your service.

Opportunities to train Associate Trainers each year are very limited and early application is advised.

Our forthcoming 10-day trainer course dates are as follows:

Lancaster: 6-10 June, 27-28 June and 13-15 July (course full)

Bristol: next course planned to start August, dates tbc – please send applications in now.

Durham: 25-29 July, 23-24 Aug and 12-13 Sept.

Manchester: next course planned to start Sept.

Please send applications as soon possible. Once we have processed your application you can choose a suitable course.

We are also able to offer additional trainer courses if there are a minimum of 6 delegates.

Please contact us for a trainer course outline, person specification and application form.


*** Click here to download a leaflet about PBMpro***


Click here for advice about delivering practical training and the latest guidance on managing COVID-19 (with specific guidance for those working in health and social care).

If you do not need physical intervention techniques please click here to see our PBS theory training.



Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards 

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Training Standards have been written for training services delivered to education, health and social care services across the UK including services that support people with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and mental health conditions.

The Standards aim to facilitate culture change, not just technical competence. They are designed to:

• Protect people’s fundamental human rights and promote person centred best interest and therapeutic approaches to supporting people when they are distressed

• Improve the quality of life of those being restrained and those supporting them

• Reduce reliance on restrictive practices by promoting positive culture and practice that focuses on prevention, de-escalation and reflective practice

• Increase understanding of the root causes of behaviour and recognition that many behaviours are the result of distress due to unmet needs

• Where required, focus on the safest and most dignified use of restrictive interventions including physical restraint

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Trainers’ area for associate trainers in affiliate organisations

Associate trainers can download the PBMpro training materials from our trainers’ area. To access this, your affiliate organisation will need to sign a PBMpro training agreement and all associate trainers will need to sign a PBMpro trainer licence agreement.  When you click the login button below you will go to a WordPress page where you can set up your account. Do not try to login until you have registered – click “Register” which is just below the login boxes. Create a username (please put your first name and surname here so we know who you are) add your email address and submit your new registration through to our office. We will authorise your account during normal business hours. You will then get an email confirmation and a link to set your password. If you have any login issues try using a newer browser such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome as old versions of Internet Explorer may not work. If you still have trouble check with your IT dept to see if your firewall is blocking access. Please note that if you login wrongly your account access will get temporarily suspended. This will automatically reset after 4 hours. Contact Melody at our affice if you need assistance.


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