Behaviours which challenge always happen for a reason and might be the only way a person can communicate. 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 clinical director Dr David Allen.
This CPD approved training course is applicable to all staff who support service users whose behaviours challenge. The one day theory course gives a broad introduction to PBS, the concept of challenging behaviour, the basic building blocks of the behavioural model, and outlines interventions to prevent challenging behaviour and create helpful learning environments. The theory training can be undertaken in three ways:
1. A self-study course (5-6 hours), training materials supplied for use within your organisation for staff to complete independently.
2. A one-day workshop for up to 20 staff delivered by us in your own venue.
3. A facilitator option so you can deliver the one-day workshop yourself (within your own organisation).
We have added these different options as this is likely to attract the largest number of staff within an organisation and therefore needs to be adaptable so that its delivery can be maximised and delivered in a cost-effective manner.
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.
Often, decisions are made about how to support someone to change their challenging behaviour without really understanding why the behaviour is happening in the first place. Not surprisingly, interventions that are not based on functional assessment are much less effective than those which are.
BBATpro will help you to carry out an entry level functional assessment of challenging behaviour. It is a semi-structured functional assessment tool that comes with a detailed 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.
Organisations can buy a licenced copy of BBATpro for £75 plus VAT. This will give you unlimited use within your organisation.
In-depth Behavioural Assessment (PBSpro)
More complex behavioural challenges require more complex assessment – something that can be achieved by our online tool, PBSpro. This brings Positive Behavioural Support within everyone’s grasp – parents, teachers, support staff and professionals – by taking users through a step-by-step process of:
1.Conducting a Functional Behavioural Assessment
2.Collecting direct behavioural observations and refining your assessment
3.Producing an individualised PBS plan based on the above