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Behaviours which challenge always happen for a reason and are often a person’s best means of achieving some control over their environment and getting their needs met. Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is a person-centred approach to supporting people who display, or are at risk of displaying, behaviours which challenge. PBS involves understanding the reasons for the behaviour and considering the person as a whole – including their life history, physical health and emotional needs – to implement ways of supporting the person.

Click here to read more about PBS and watch the videos made by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and our founder Dr David Allen.

Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour

This CPD approved one-day PBS theory course is applicable to all staff who support service users whose behaviours challenge. The training gives a broad introduction to PBS by exploring: the concept of challenging behaviour, the behavioural model, introductory level behavioural assessments, basic interventions to prevent challenging behaviour and the creation of helpful learning environments.

The focus is very much on primary prevention strategies and the course therefore provides foundation level PBS training for all care staff.  It also represents recommended complementary training for staff who may additionally require instruction in reactive strategies via our PBMpro model.

The training is available either as a self-directed training package where you run the programme within your organisation yourself or as a face-to-face one day workshop delivered by us.  The self-directed programme gives you all the information and materials to deliver the training to your employees. The self-directed option can be completed by participants working alone or as part of a group run by your own course facilitator.

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Brief Behavioural Assessment Tool (BBATpro)

Functional Behavioural Assessment – finding out under what conditions a person’s behaviour tends to occur and what outcomes it achieves for them – is central to providing effective Positive Behavioural Support. It is only by producing such an assessment that we can properly understand the meaning behind a person’s behaviour and develop appropriate support plans for them.

Decisions are often made about how to support someone to change their challenging behaviour without really understanding why the behaviour is happening in the first place. Unsurprisingly therefore, interventions which are not based on functional assessment are much less effective than those which are. If you start with the wrong premise it’s common to reach the wrong conclusion – resulting in flawed intervention plans.

BBATpro will help you to carry out a more detailed functional assessment of challenging behaviour. It is a semi-structured functional assessment tool that comes with a comprehensive manual that provides clear instructions for both completing the interview and interpreting the results.  The manual also provides instructions for supplementing the interview with direct observations and guidance on producing entry level PBS plans.

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From Our Partners Redstone PBS

PBS Strategy Development Day

One day workshop for leaders and key staff. Looking to implement Positive Behavioural Support in your organisation, but not sure where to start? There is plenty of guidance about what good PBS looks like and how commissioners want to see PBS working in services, but there’s very little direction about where to start. A good way to solve this problem is to book one of our PBS development days. We will review what you already have in place and give you clear guidance on what to do next. It’s a great way to bring all your team together and get everyone on the same page. Every organisation needs its own PBS strategy, with the benefit of our experience of working with many organisations, we can support you to make the right start in developing yours.

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PBS Coaching in Practice Programme (level 2)

Four day CPD certified programme followed by six mentoring sessions. Leadership and coaching are essential when establishing consistent and effective PBS skills within a supported living or residential service. This programme supports those taking a practice leadership role. It provides an audit to assess the capability of a team and a PBS tool kit to support the implementation of key PBS interventions and staff coaching practices. On completion of the programme, six one-hour on-line mentoring session provide further support to delegates.

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Foundation in Functional Behaviour Assessment (level 3)

Three day programme with six sessions of group supervised practice. This programme provides an introduction to Functional Behaviour Assessment. Functional Behaviour Assessment is the process by which the reason behind behaviours of concern occur. This assessment helps practitioners to put into place specific interventions which ensures the person needs are met in relation to the function of the behaviour. This course is only available following delegates completing our PBS Coaching in Practice Programme.

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Introduction to Active Support (level 1)

Half day introduction to Active Support. Active Support is an approach to supporting people with additional needs to participate fully in their daily lives. This is a primary/proactive intervention within the Positive Behaviour Support framework which aims to improve quality of life. The Active Support approach provides a system where managers and senior staff learn specific skills to coach their teams to maximise engagement, participation and increase independence. This half day training provides the foundation for understanding Active Support

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Active Support Coaching in Practice Programme (level 2)

Two and a half day programme. Active Support is an approach to supporting people with additional needs to participate fully in their daily lives. This is a primary/proactive intervention within the Positive Behaviour Support framework, the aim is to improve quality of life. This programme is interactive and provides a system for training staff teams to maximise engagement and participation, changing the support approach from ‘doing for’ to supporting greater independence. This is achieved through managers and senior support workers learning specific skills around direct coaching of staff teams.

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For training that includes physical interventions please click here for information about our Bild ACT certified PBMpro training.