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What is being taught on Positive Behavioural Support Training: An audit of training provided in the UK

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Background: Developing a workforce skilled in implementing PBS is a key aim for support services for people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour, and effective PBS training is a fundamental element in achieving this. There has been a substantial growth in the provision of training on PBS but little is known about the quality and content of that training. Method and materials: An audit methodology was employed using a bespoke audit tool to evaluate the content of eighteen PBS training courses in the UK found through internet searches of providers of PBS training. Results: The findings showed considerable variability across training providers and across the essential elements of PBS practice, in addition to complexity in informed commissioning of training. Conclusions: The study concludes that currently the content of PBS training is worryingly inconsistent and variable leaving the process of commissioning subject to arbitrary influence. The argument is made that a formal accreditation process is needed.
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Keywords: EVALUATION; PBS; TRAINING; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • 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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