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Challenging Behaviour

A training pack to develop good practice in working with people with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging

Price: £199.00
This training pack for staff takes a positive behavioural support approach to supporting people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours.
Author(s): Steve Hardy and Theresa Joyce

An essential training pack in helping ensure that there is a competent workforce that has the capabilities to provide effective, ethical and high quality support to people whose behaviour is described as challenging.

Key features: Written by experts in partnership with the Estia Centre; flexible modular training materials; full materials to support the delivery of the course.

About the resource

People with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour are one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals in our society. They risk exclusion from services, being denied opportunities and being placed away from their local communities and families. Furthermore, they are vulnerable to poor practice and abuse.

This user friendly and accessible resource emphasises the importance of respecting people who use services, their families and carers. It aims to support those working in services, to empower service users and to improve the quality of care. The authors developed this material with every effort to adhere to the Charter that has been developed by the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group.

The approach is based on positive behavioural support, offering person-centred support, individualised interventions that are clearly based on a functional assessment, understanding the person’s needs and the environment in which they live. Key to this training resource has been the inclusion of the perspectives from families and people with learning disabilities.

Modules are included that address assessment and a range of interventions, such as communication, reactive strategies, active support and skills teaching. In addition to good practice, other important issues such as autism and legal frameworks are included.

This pack contains: CD-rom containing trainer’s notes, Powerpoint slides, handouts in a ringbinder with colour laminated dividers.

Frontline staff, health and social care professionals and support workers.
ISBN: 9781841962818
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 17 September 2010
  • Values, principles, definitions and approaches
  • Understanding and assessing challenging behaviour
  • Interventions: – The environment
  • Interventions – Communication
  • Interventions – Focused support strategies
  • Interventions – Reactive strategies
  • Interventions – Cognitive approaches
  • Developing skills
  • Use of medication
  • Supporting yourself and your team
  • Autism and challenging behaviour
  • What do people with learning disabilities think about challenging behaviour
  • Legal aspects
  • Working with families
  • Active support
  • Mental health problems
  • Challenging behaviour and offending 
Steve Hardy was formerly the education and training lead at the Estia Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a registered nurse in learning disabilities and has worked in mental health and challenging behaviour services for people with learning disabilities for 20 years. He has widely published in these areas and he is the co-editor of the journal Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.