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All our training is based on many years of practical, research and management experience. It is continually evolving in order to ensure the continued best outcomes for service users, carers and organisations. Positive Behavioural Support

Positive Behavioural Support

Research evidence shows that the most effective interventions for supporting people with challenging behaviour are derived from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) combines the technological toolkit of ABA with the values base of the five service accomplishments and delivers support within individualised, person-centred frameworks. The values underpinning PBS are entirely congruent with those within national policy and frameworks for people with intellectual disability. 

We have a suite of PBS training courses which provide a whole organisation approach to embedding PBS in practice across all levels of staffing. The training is based on a graduated model. Each module builds on the content and learning of the preceding modules. 

The training course has a focus on learning disability services but we also have a forensic and mental health version to enable services in these areas to put PBS into practice. In the recent publication “A Positive and Proactive Workforce” (Department of Health, Skills for Health and Skills for Care, 2015) PBS is recommended as a model for other client groups and our inclusion of an adapted version will enable service providers to respond to this challenge.

Module 1

The training starts at Module 1, which is applicable to all staff who support service users whose behaviours challenge. The 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. This module can be undertaken in three ways:

1. As a self-study course (6-8 hours), training materials supplied on a CD. 

2. As a one-day workshop for up to 20 staff. 

3. As a facilitator’s training course to enable you to deliver the one-day workshop yourself. 

We have added these different options to Module 1 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.

Click here for our PBS training leaflet


Module 2

This is followed by Module 2, our Functional Assessment course (2 consecutive days). Module 2 takes delegates through the process of carrying out an initial functional assessment of challenging behaviour. Delegates are introduced to a structured functional assessment process, but for organisations who already use these, and are looking to enhance their existing assessment skills, we offer an enhanced version of the course where we use a semi structured assessment tool, the BBATpro. The BBATpro enables delegates to carry out a more in depth functional assessment of challenging behaviour but requires considerable clinical experience and skill to use it appropriately. For this reason, we only offer this version of Module 2 after in depth discussion with prospective customers. The module covers:

1. Gathering baseline data and assessing risk factors

2. Conducting carer interviews using functional assessment tools

3. Developing initial summary statements/hypotheses based on ABC model of behaviour

4. Gathering basic observational data

5. Developing formulations and writing an initial Functional Assessment Report

6. Intervention planning.

Module 2 is delivered by one of our experienced Clinical Psychologists and can accommodate up to 15 delegates. 

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Module 3

Module 3 also consists of two consecutive days and it is recommended that there is at least 3 months between Modules 2 and 3 to enable delegates to apply their learning in the workplace. 

The first day focuses on developing assessment based PBS plans that draw on the technology of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The second day focuses on implementing PBS in practice, covering PBS quality assurance, ensuring goodness of fit, competency based training, monitoring systems (Positive Monitoring and Periodic Service Review), and evaluation of outcomes. This module also addresses common difficulties experienced in PBS practice and how to overcome these. The specific content is as follows:

1. Developing Primary Prevention Strategies- managing antecedents, teaching new skills, reinforcement based interventions. 

2. Developing Secondary Prevention and Reactive Strategies

3. Writing a PBS Plan

4. PBS quality assurance

5. Three-stage competency based training for staff

6. Systems for monitoring the implementation of PBS- Positive Monitoring and Periodic Service Review

7. Evaluation of PBS outcomes

8. Trouble-shooting common difficulties and issues

Module 3 is also delivered by one of our experienced Clinical Psychologists and can accommodate up to 15 delegates. 

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For reactive interventions please click here for information about our Bild accredited PBMplus training.