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Positive Behavioural Support Training

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach to helping individuals with challenging behaviour, particularly those with developmental disabilities, mental health issues or neurodiverse conditions.
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Module 1: Positive Behavioural Support & De-escalation

For low risk settings. Module 1 covers Positive Behavioural Support & De-escalation training for those that experience behaviour of concern but there is little or physical risk to staff or service users. It is also suitable for those who want to better support individuals to prevent behaviours from escalating.

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Module 2: Personal Safety & Breakaway

For low to medium risk settings Module 2 provides personal safety strategies, non-restrictive physical skills including responsive interventions to manage big emotions and breakaway training for those who experience hazardous behaviour that poses a physical risk to staff or service user. Staff need training in personal safety, breakaway or separation techniques but should not be required to use manual restraint. (this is the maximum level for lone workers)

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Module 3: Positive Handling & Restraint

For medium risk settings Module 3 provides training in restrictive and non-restrictive physical intervention skills including; positive handling, guiding/shepherding techniques, restraint or clinical holding. For those experience hazardous behaviours that poses physical risk to staff or service users, where non-restrictive breakaway skills may not always be adequate to manage the risk and restrictive physical skills or manual restraint may be required.

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Therapeutic Parenting

Our Therapeutic Parenting course enables attendees to recognise the impact of traumatic stress on child development and to understand what children need to recover from trauma.

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Module 4: Advanced Safe Holding

For medium to high risk settings, Module 4 provides advanced physical skills training to manage high risk situations where the level of risk poses a significant physical risk to staff or service users, and restrictive physical skills or manual restraint are required regularly. The level of risk posed may require the need for higher level techniques including floor or safety pod holds, seclusion, or rapid tranquillisation.

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Mechanical Restraint – Soft Mitts training

The Soft Mitts mechanical restraint course trains delegates in the use of the VIP-R soft Mitts as an alternative to traditional wrist restraints when mechanical restraint is required to prevent injury or harm in the event of challenging or hazardous behaviours.

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PTSD in Children

This course explores the causes, symptoms, treatments and impact that PTSD can have on children.

Managing Conflict & Breakaway

This course explores the law regarding physical intervention and teaches staff disengagement and defence techniques for varying risk levels.

Positive Behavioural Support Training: Improving Quality of Life for Individuals with Complex Needs

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach to helping individuals with challenging behaviour, particularly those with developmental disabilities, mental health issues or neurodiverse conditions. Positive Behavioural Support is a person-centred approach, emphasising understanding the person’s unique needs, strengths, and preferences to improve their quality of life and reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviours. To do this, PBS training helps carers, support workers, and families to develop a range of strategies and interventions that are tailored to the individual’s needs.

Positive Behavioural Support is a multi-disciplinary approach that combines principles of behaviourism, social psychology, and humanistic psychology to create a positive, respectful, and inclusive environment for people with complex needs. The approach recognises that challenging behaviour is a form of communication and that by understanding the individual’s needs, we can develop strategies to address the underlying causes of the behaviour.

The goal of Positive Behaviour Training is to enable individuals to live a meaningful life, with as much independence and autonomy as possible. By identifying the person’s strengths and interests, and providing appropriate support and interventions, PBS can help reduce the need for restrictive practices such as seclusion or restraint, which can be traumatic and harmful to the person.

Positive Behavioural Support training is essential for anyone working with individuals with challenging behaviours, as it provides the knowledge and skills necessary to support the person in a positive and respectful manner. By understanding the principles of Positive Behavioural Support, carers and support workers can develop strategies to prevent or reduce challenging behaviours, as well as respond appropriately when they do occur.

PBS training also emphasises the importance of collaboration and teamwork, bringing together the person, their support network, and professionals from a range of disciplines to work together towards a common goal. This collaborative approach ensures that everyone is working towards the same outcomes and that the person is at the centre of the decision-making process.

Positive Behavioural Support training involves a combination of theoretical and practical learning, with a focus on developing a range of strategies and interventions that are tailored to the individual’s needs. The training may cover topics such as understanding the principles of behaviourism, functional assessment of behaviour, developing positive support plans, communication strategies, and crisis prevention and management.

Positive Behavioural Support training may be delivered in a variety of formats, including online courses, workshops, and in-person training sessions. The training may also be tailored to specific settings, such as schools, residential settings, or community-based services.

Positive Behavioural Support training is relevant to a wide range of professionals, including support workers, carers, teachers, therapists, and other professionals working with individuals with challenging behaviours. The training is particularly important for those working in settings where restrictive practices are common, such as residential care or hospitals.

In conclusion, Positive Behavioural Support training is an essential component of providing quality care and support to individuals with complex needs. By understanding the person’s unique needs, strengths, and preferences, and developing tailored strategies and interventions, we can improve their quality of life and reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviours. Positive Behavioural Support training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to support the individual in a positive and respectful manner, while also promoting collaboration and teamwork among the support network. With the benefits of improved communication, reduced reliance on restrictive practices, and increased job satisfaction, Positive Behavioural Support training is a valuable investment for anyone working with individuals with challenging behaviours.

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