Level 3 Positive Behaviour Support Training

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What is meant by positive Behaviour support?

  1. Over the last three decades, Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) has increasingly become the model of choice in supporting people whose behaviour poses challenges to services.

  2. While there are a number of existing descriptions of PBS available (Allen et al., 2005; Carr et al., 2002; Horner et al., 1990, 2000; LaVigna & Willis, 2005), a recent definition by Gore et al., (2013) sought to bring together the fundamental elements of PBS in a way that could usefully inform future service, policy and research developments in the UK.

What is PBS in care?  


  1. PBS is a person-centred approach to supporting people who display or are at risk of displaying behaviours which can challenge. It involves understanding the reasons for the behaviours and considers the person as a whole, including their life history, physical health and emotional needs in order to implement ways of supporting them.

  2. It focuses on creating physical and social environments that are supportive and able to meet individual’s needs, teaching them new skills to replace the behaviours that challenge.


What are the goals of PBS?


  1. Combines the technology of behavioural intervention with the values of normalisation, human rights and self– determination in order to provide effective person-centred support for people whose behaviours that challenge.

  2. These values inform the way in which this technology is used and the outcomes that it is intended to achieve. PBS, therefore, aims to enhance quality of life as both an intervention and outcome for people who display behaviour that challenges and those who support them. PBS interventions also increase the person’s repertoire of adaptive behaviours and their range of positive life opportunities is a central goal.

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What should be the most important part of PBS?

Transforming Care - A national response to Winterbourne View 2012

  1. Services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour or mental health needs 2007

  2. Challenging Behaviour a Unified Approach – Update 2016

  3. Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions 2014

  4. PBS Competency Framework 2015

  5. NICE guidance: Challenging Behaviour and Learning Disabilities: Prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges 2015

  6. CQC Brief guide: Positive Behaviour Support for People with Behaviour that Challenges 2017

  7. Ensuring Quality Services NHS England and Local Government Authority 2014

  8. Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities – Netc. Steps ADASS, CQC, DH, HEE, LGA and NHS England (2015)

  9. Serves for people with Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour or Mental Health Needs (The Mansell Report) 1993: Revised 2007

  10. STOMP Campaign

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What is the goal of PBS?


1. Quality of Life - intervention and outcomes – increase in quality of life can reduce behaviours of concern

2. Skills building and the exclusion of punishment approaches – teaching skills as an alternative way of supporting people to get their needs met

3. Participation of all stakeholders – everyone involved has an equal view including the individual themselves

4. All behaviour has a function – all behaviour has a reason / need

5. The use of Applied Behaviour Analysis – Functional Assessment

6. Use of complimentary evidence-based approaches – OT, Physio, Psychology

7. Data driven interventions – all decisions are made on evidence not guess work

8. Functional Assessment

9. Proactive and Reactive interventions

10. Implementation, monitoring and evaluation over the long term

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What do learners receive?

·        Course notes

·        Certificate

Course Length

6 Hours

Number of attendees

Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15


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


All delegates will receive an Advantage accredited certificate.

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