Level 2 Dementia and distress behaviours training. (Accredited)




The term "distress behaviour"


Has been used to refer to the "difficult" or "problem" behaviours which may be shown by individuals.


Such behaviours include aggression (e.g, hitting, kicking, biting), destruction (e.g, ripping clothes, breaking windows, throwing objects), self-injury (e.g, head banging, self-biting, skin picking), tantrums and many other behaviours (e.g. running away, eating inedible objects, rocking or other stereotyped movements).



Dementia and distress behaviour puts the safety of the person or others in some jeopardy or has a significant impact on the person's or other people's quality of life.


In general, Dementia and distress behaviour is rather more common in people with dementia, though the pattern varies considerably depending on the type of behaviour being considered and the age and type of dementia of the person.


The first point to make is that there is no simple answer to this question. However it is helpful to remember, that most people without dementia display lots of distress behaviour as the disease progresses.

In general then,


Many cases of distress behaviour appear to be effective ways for a person with dementia to control what is going on around them. This may reflect their lack of more usual methods of control and the more unusual nature of the environments to which they are exposed.


While the above is a generally accepted account of why distress behaviour in dementia occurs we should always consider, especially if the behaviour has just arisen or worsened, the possibility that it reflects some kind of biological or emotional disturbance. People may bang their heads because their ear aches or hit out because they slept poorly the previous night. Understanding the variation in a person's behaviour that challenges is often a key to promoting positive change.

What do learners receive?

  • Course notes

  • Certificate


Course Length

3 Hours



This training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.


Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15



All delegates will receive an Advantage Accredited certificate.

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