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PBMpro provides further information on PBS primary prevention strategies by:

  • Delivering a reminder/refresher of what we mean by challenging behaviour, how the behavioural model works and what the PBS model entails
  • 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
  • Looking at trauma-informed PBS interventions
  • Understanding how to measure the impact of PBS support plans

Whereas Positive Approaches PBS training looks in more depth at organisational and user-level primary prevention strategies, PBMpro majors on providing in-depth training on secondary prevention (looking at different ways to change the course of behavioural episodes by effective early intervention) and reactive strategies (ethical and safe approaches to those behavioural challenges which may not be preventable).

The physical intervention component focuses on 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

Positive Behaviour Management Pro (PBMpro) has been assessed by BILD ACT (Association of Certified Training) and complies with the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Training Standards. The certification is valid until November 2022.  Certified training will be a requirement for NHS commissioned services and the Care Quality Commission from April 2020.

All participants are recommended to undertake our Positive Approaches Training in addition to PBMpro Training in order to develop a complete knowledge of essential supports for people with behavioural challenges.

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)

The care staff training course is delivered on-site or at a local venue of your choice. The initial course is 2.5 or 3 days depending on the number of techniques required and the annual refresher is up to one day.

If you have large staff groups you could train your own in-house trainers on our CPD approved 10-day trainer course so they can deliver the training internally for you. Please contact us for a trainer course outline, person spec and application form. The next 10 day trainer course dates will be shown below.  More courses will be added as soon as we have enough delegates for each location. You could host your own trainer course if you have at least 6 delegates.


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 only training.



Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards – updated January 2020

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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New trainers’ area for associate trainers in affiliated organisations

We have a new trainers’ area where associate trainers can download the new PBMpro training materials. To access this, the affiliated organisation will need to sign a new PBMpro training agreement and all associate trainers will need to sign a new PBMpro trainer licence agreement. All trainers will then need to create a new account on our website. Please note your login details for the old trainers’ area will not work and will just mean your account access gets blocked. When you click the login button below you will go to a WordPress page. Do not login yet but 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 approve your account access as soon as we have all your organisation documents. You will then get an email confirmation and a password to get started.


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