Positive Support- Getting It Right!

Published: 22/05/2019

Positive Support- Getting It Right! A day of training to understand and provide person centered, positive, behavioral support.

On 23rd January 2019 the room was full of Bluebird Care Team Members, ready to start the day and complete training in Positive Behavioral Support. The training was led by our Training Coordinator- John Sommerville.
It covered;

Understanding of Positive behavior techniques
Person Centered Care
Behaviors that challenge

Positive behavior support (PBS) is a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behavior. People's inappropriate behaviors are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. These behaviors are supported by reinforcement in the environment.

Key messages from the training;

  • PBS is a scientific approach that aims to protect a person’s rights and to promote quality of life for them and their families
  • It is true ‘discipline’, that is effective, evidence-based and promotes positive learning
  • Challenging behaviour results from an interaction between a person, those who support them and the environments they live in. It is no-one’s ‘fault’ but often reflects a mismatch between a person’s needs and what is provided
  • All behaviour has a purpose or ‘function’. It is important to work out what this is
  • PBS is different from general parenting approaches or popular behaviour management programs in that it is purely positive and carries out an individualised comprehensive assessment of the individual and the behaviour and closely matches the intervention to the assessment considering the function
  • PBS means we work positively and proactively
  • Team work and consultation is an important part of PBS
  • It includes an investigation or assessment before working out our individual support plan
  • We  implement our support plan consistently across settings and over time.

Everyone enjoyed the day and felt they got a lot from it to put into practice.