Expression of interest: Positive Behaviour Supports - accredited training course for managers working in disability services.

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is the most up-to-date, evidence-based approach for effectively supporting people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. This course is to be designed for managers, or aspiring managers, of human services for people labelled as challenging.

The course will look at how you the manager can implement and manage PBS effectively, to support staff to manage behaviours which may limit opportunities to be part of the community and enjoy everyday relationships and activities. In addition, this course explores management tools to ensure that key outcomes are delivered and maintained.

The accredited course is to be developed by the Open Training College, a leading training provider in the disability sector for over 20 years.

Key Learning Outcomes:

-         Analyse the concept of challenging behaviour in relation to wellbeing and attribution theory

-         Design a positive behaviour support plan, based on the use of proactive/reactive strategies, underpinned by a three-part assessment process

-         Prepare a management tool, to ensure the consistent and person centred implementation of any positive behaviour support plan

-         Examine service policy responses in light of current legislation and human rights requirements

-         Appraise models of support that promotes a positive approach to managing support for service users who have experienced traumatic events and staff at both a team and individual level

-         Foster an environment that promotes a positive approach to managing support for service users

-         Monitor the performance of the staff team in the operationalisation of identified standards with the utilisation of an internal quality management tool

-         Develop an action plan to deal with gaps identified within the periodic service review plan

Overall Duration: 3 months

Workshops:4 days 

Assessment:The assessment requires you to complete an applied piece of learning to test your understanding of the module’s learning outcomes. A written assignment (5,000 words) is required.

Accreditation:QQI Level 7 Special Purpose Award. (20 credits, ECTS)

Supports:Significant supports are in place such as telephone/email tutorials and feedback on your assessment. You will be assigned an OTC Tutor and will have access to a comprehensive range of resources – ebooks, links and articles via the Open Training College’s eLearning environment: MyOTC.


For more information and/or to express an interest, please do not hesitate to contact Conor Murray (01) 2990580 or

Thank you.