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The impact of positive behavioural support training on staff and the people they support

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Background: Staff training is used as part of the implementation of policy initiatives designed to decrease the use of restrictive interventions, and increase the safety and quality of outcomes for persons with disability who exhibit challenging behaviours. However, the effectiveness of such training on a sector-wide scale remains unknown.

Method and materials: Disability staff participated in a training program based on the principles of PBS, which included elements of good practice as recommended in the Behavior Support Plan-Quality Evaluation II. Behaviour support plan (BSP) quality and client outcomes were evaluated and compared with a matched control group.

Results: Evaluation outcome data showed an improvement in the BSP quality and client mental health, reductions in maladaptive behaviours and restrictive intervention use.

Conclusion: A structured staff training intervention in PBS can meet staff training needs and result in positive client outcomes. Further research should ascertain the factors that might mediate such effects.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2017

More about this publication?
  • Positive behavioural support (PBS) combines the conceptual framework of applied behaviour analysis with the values base of social role valorisation and framework of person-centred approaches. The International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support is a peer-reviewed publication that aims to:

    · define and promote good practice in relation to the use of PBS

    · add to the evidence base regarding such interventions

    · demonstrate how PBS interventions can support people to change their challenging behaviours, improve their quality of life, and result in reductions in the use of restrictive procedures (such as physical intervention, seclusion and as required medication)

    · bridge the gap between academic research and service practice
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