Training and Development
We feel that training should be about two main things:
- Skill development (competence), and
- Culture. We try to see the concept of culture very practically; within any system or setting culture is what people do.
Our training is based on the most up to date applied academic research, best practice guidance and over 40 years combined experience of working with individuals, families, services and systems.
We must clearly state that building the capacity of any setting to deliver PBS is about a commitment to workforce development and not just about training. Click on one of the tabs below to find out more about our training.
This workshop is designed to support a better understanding of why people display behaviours that may be described as challenging. This level of training may also be considered as part of a programme to promote a positive culture of care within a system (i.e., home, school, care home and/or hospital). We have often doubled this half day with our half day Autism informed workshop.
Often when it comes to training for those involved in the care and support of people whose behaviour is described as challenging, the focus is all on the challenge, and little on the quality of life experienced by that person. This workshop focusses on the promotion of psychological wellbeing via Martin Seligman’s PERMA model (Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment). The aim is to raise awareness of what it takes to support people to live a fulfilled life…or as Seligman himself would say, to FLOURISH!
This workshop is often booked with the 2 day Understanding PBS
This workshop uses the PBS competence framework as the basis for curriculum development. Participants will gain and understanding of the values, theory and evidence base surrounding PBS and the competencies required for those with direct care and support responsibilities.
This workshop is designed to support the development of system wide, data based approaches to supporting person centred restraint reduction. The workshop focusses on what data to capture, how to use it and how to develop simple supplemental support strategies aimed to reduce the use of restrictive practices.
These workshops are tailored to the needs of the setting and as such course length varies.
Longitudinal courses can be developed in partnership with our wide range of associates to suit the requirements for your setting.
For example this may entail extension of any of our workshops to provide in-setting support (i.e., impact review, practice based support or further competency based training). Or, it may require the development of a multi-element longitudinal workshop that covers aspects of practice leadership around implementing PBS and supporting people with Autism.
The focus is on on developing competencies for those required with additional leadership, practitioner and supervisory responsibilities within a PBS framework.
If you would like to explore what a service level leadership programme might look like for your organisation or team, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss your requirements.
A one-day training session mapped against the 10 Key Components of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) (Gore et al., 2013). Participants will learn what PBS is, how it focuses on quality of life and behaviour analytic processes to contextualise and understand problem behaviour. This course is CPD accredited.
There are some absolute basics that can lead to more positive experiences when supporting people with autism. This level may be considered as an introduction and is designed to lead to more informed practices. This level of training may also be considered as part of a programme to promote a positive culture of care within a system (i.e., home, school, care home and/or hospital). We have often doubled this up with our half day on PBS and have previously included those without direct care and support responsibilities such as the gardener, maintenance person, receptionist…or even the CEO!
Our autism equipped course is designed for support workers, teaching assistants or unpaid carers who support individuals with ASD. It builds on the information contained in ‘Autism informed’ by providing a deeper understanding into elements of autistic functioning, sensory differences and solutions to some common difficulties people with autism might experience.
Our final level of training is ‘advanced’. This training is designed for people who are responsible for autism provision across sites or are writing support plans for individuals with autism. It includes far more information regarding sensory issues, and is outcomes-based meaning that your staff leave this training having developed plans for their services.
Competency and Skill
The focus of PBS should be on improving quality of life.
Achieving this critical outcome relies on the application of distinct sets of behaviours and approaches (often different for each person and setting). These distinct sets of behaviours and approaches may be described as competencies (or skills).
Training should focus on the development of skills and competencies that support the maintenance of capable environments where healthy cultures of care and support can thrive.
Developing and maintaining a competent workforce is key to successful outcomes in any service sector. It is particularly pertinent in the care and support of children, young people and adults with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of presenting behaviours that challenge.
This is because there is a strong relationship between challenging behaviour and the social environment, in which staff behaviour is a key factor (Hastings et al, 2013).
Moreover, the delivery of positive behavioural support (PBS), which holds the person and their family as the central focus and is currently considered best practice in the support of this population, depends on the co-ordinated participation of multiple stakeholders and organisational support (Allen and Baker, 2013).
Building capacity, therefore, at individual, organisational and wider cultural levels is essential (Allen et al, 2013).
The UK PBS Competence Framework developed by the PBS coalition provides a detailed framework of the things that you need to know and the things that you need to do when delivering best practice PBS to persons with intellectual disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
The framework details three levels of competencies for staff operating within different roles:
1. Direct contact staff,
2. Behaviour Specialist/Supervisory/Managerial
3. Higher Level Behaviour Specialist/Organisational/Consultant.
Our training is predominantly aimed at Direct contact staff and ‘Supervisory’ staff as we feel that formal training for level 3 should be accessed through higher level education (such as the Tizard centre). Whilst we often operate at level 3 in our day-to-day practice (and can offer supervision/support/mentorship to others in such roles) there are already a number of fantastic courses out there.
We wanted to provide training options for staff requiring level 1&2 competencies.