Positive Behaviour Support (c)

Wellshurst Golf Club, North Street,
Admin Contact
Adult Social Care Training Mailbox (ASCT@eastsussex.gov.uk)
Target Audience
Carers (unpaid) / Personal Assistants (Care) / PVI Adults (Private, Voluntary and Independent Care Sector) / Voluntary and Community Sector Staff
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
Independent Care Sector, Carers & Voluntary Sector / Personal Assistants / Unpaid Carers
Learning Disability
Course description

The PBS modular training is open to professionals, families and carers who support adults with learning disabilities who also have challenging needs.

PBS Sussex is a training model designed to equip direct carers with the knowledge and skills to provide a comprehensive response to challenging behaviour presented by people with intellectual disabilities. The model taught is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

Essentially, PBS is the application of behavioural analysis, guided by the values and principles of inclusion, within the context of Person Centred Planning. In keeping with the PBS model, the training is presented in modules with an emphasis on understanding the behaviour in useful ways, creating supportive environments and teaching new skills, a strong emphasis on intervening early in a crisis situation in order to diffuse and only using physical intervention as a last resort.


· Is values led

· Is based on an understanding of why, when and how behaviours happen

· Focuses on altering triggers for behaviour

· Uses skill teaching as a central intervention

· Uses changes in quality of life as both an intervention and outcome measure

· Has a long term focus

· Has a multi-component focus

· Reduces or eliminates the use of punishment approaches

· Includes both proactive strategies for changing behaviour and reactive strategies for managing behaviour when it occurs.

Note: You will be advised no less than 2 weeks prior to the course date for Day 1 of this training if you have been confirmed a place. If you have not heard by this time, please contact us so that we can look into this for you.


Training objectives

The course is intended to enable participants:

  • To achieve a greater understanding of the causes of challenging behaviour

  • To understand the role of the environment in the occurrence of challenging behaviours

  • To establish strategies for environmental change

  • To understand the role of Positive Programming in the amelioration of challenging behaviours

  • To develop a range of Positive Programming strategies

  • To identify a range of potential early intervention strategies

  • To achieve the pass mark in a multiple-choice questionnaire

  • To complete a PBS Workbook (Functional Assessment and Behaviour Support Plan).


Learning outcomes

Day 1: Assessment – Understanding challenging behaviour & Functional Assessment

Day 2: Intervention – Proactive intervention. Lifestyle Changes & Focused Support

Day 3: Intervention – Proactive & Reactive Interventions & PBS Sussex Physical Restraint (formerly physical interventions)

At the end of this training programme, each delegate will be provided with a workbook which MUST be completed and returned to the address below within 4 weeks of the course. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in further training requests from the delegate’s workplace being declined by the training providers.

PBS WORKBOOK: to be scanned and sent to spnt.pbssussex.nhs.net 

Additional Information


We reserve the right to exclude any participant where there are legitimate concerns regarding:

  • their health or physical fitness
  • their attitudes, values and beliefs
  • their behaviour towards other people
  • their time keeping and/or attendance.

Exclusions would be confirmed in writing, with full reasons given, to the employing organisation of the participant in question. 


Participants must attend modules 1, 2 and 3 consecutively. If a participant has to miss module 1 then we ask that they no longer take part in that course but wait instead for another when they can attend the first module.


Start Date
Friday 7 January 2022
End Date
Friday 18 March 2022
Closing Date
Tuesday 23 November 2021
09:30 - 16:30
Maximum Places
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Number of Sessions
 Wellshurst Golf Club, North Street
Start Date
Friday 7 January 2022
 09:30 - 16:30
 Wellshurst Golf Club, North Street
Start Date
Friday 21 January 2022
 09:30 - 16:30
 Wellshurst Golf Club, North Street
Start Date
Friday 4 February 2022
 09:30 - 16:30