For individuals who require full-time care and support, PBS is crucial to ensure they live a full and fulfilling life. Caregivers who use PBS methods not only provide better care but can develop better relationships with the individuals.
The Positive Behaviour Support Trainer Course is designed to equip participants with the expertise needed to become proficient trainers in the field of positive behaviour support. The course focuses on understanding the principles of positive behaviour support, addressing challenging behaviours, and imparting effective training techniques. Participants will learn how to lead training sessions that empower caregivers, educators, and professionals to promote positive behaviours and enhance the quality of life for individuals with behavioural challenges.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) promotes positive behaviour change by identifying trigger behaviours and implementing strategies to prevent them. By analysing patterns and triggers associated with these behaviours, delegates can develop effective intervention plans that address root causes rather than simply reacting to negative outcomes.
A PBS coach serves as a guide who helps individuals understand the principles of PBS, develop appropriate behaviour support plans, and implement strategies effectively. The responsibilities of a coach involve conducting functional assessments to identify triggers for challenging behaviours, developing individualised support plans based on assessment findings, and training individuals or families in implementing these plans consistently across different settings. Moreover, a coach also provides ongoing support through regular meetings or consultations to ensure successful implementation.
To be an effective coach in promoting positive behaviour change through PBS interventions requires specific skills such as:
If you are an experienced caregiver, you will possess many of these skills already and can apply them to your PBS practices. However, remember that trying new techniques can be beneficial, and will help you provide better care in the future.
Despite the potential benefits of PBS, there are several challenges. For instance, the lack of resources or funding can hinder the effective implementation of complex behaviour support plans. Additionally, resistance or lack of buy-in from individuals or families involved can impede progress.
However, collaboration among coaches, trainers, individuals/families, and other professionals can help overcome these challenges. Working together enables sharing of expertise and experiences thus increasing the likelihood of successful outcomes.
Every individual is different, but support from other professionals can be invaluable. Applying new techniques to individuals with a set routine may be difficult, and for a time may seem ineffective, but patience and perseverance are key.
Completion of this Guardian Angels course will give you the skills and knowledge to:
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
This course aims to empower participants with the skills and knowledge to become effective Positive Behaviour Support Trainers. By imparting evidence-based strategies and training techniques, participants will be equipped to lead educational efforts that promote positive behaviour change, enhance quality of life, and create supportive environments for individuals with behavioural challenges.
The course duration can vary based on a local needs assessment, but previous courses have been delivered over 1 to 3 days.