Course Overview

The CALM Associate Programme packages our integrated practice model, our whole-organisation approach, our more than twenty years of clinical, academic and practice expertise in the field of behaviour support – and embeds it directly into your organisation! 

The CALM Associate Programme offers you the opportunity to develop an internal resource able to flexibly and independently deliver the CALM Core Theory Course within your organisation.   

The value of having a CALM Associate lies not just in the cost savings but in the strategic advantage it brings your organisation. Your CALM Associate can function as an internal consultant available to advise, mentor and support local services as well as contribute to the development and evaluation of policy initiatives. A CALM Associate is also able to customise the CALM Core Theory Course – integrating key organisational policies and procedures and core organisational values and objectives into course delivery. 

What can a CALM Associate bring to your organisation?

  • The ability to flexibly deliver the CALM Core Theory Course within your organisation  
  • The opportunity to have an internal consultant with a high level of expertise available to advise, mentor and support local services  
  • Significant cost savings  
  • An internal resource which can be utilised to:   
  • Analyse data and lead on the reduction of restrictive interventions  
  • Focus and tailor support and interventions to identified services/service users  
  • Ensure the CALM theory course integrates specific organisational values and policies  
  • Undertake learning needs analysis and develop, implement and evaluate learning across the organisation 

A key aim of the CALM Associate Programme is to ensure that CALM Associates develop an understanding of the research evidence on the most effective strategies within the field of behaviour support.  

The programme provides participants with an in-depth knowledge of key policy and practice issues, which will enable a CALM Associate to respond knowledgeably and sensitively to the concerns of course participants. Critically, it enables them not just to provide training but provide expert mentoring to individual staff and teams in the design, delivery and evaluation of services. The CALM Associate programme is designed to enable participants to undertake and further develop their role as an internal resource according to the needs of their organisation. 

The CALM Associate Programme Structure

The overall programme invites candidates to explore a sequence of modules and a series of key themes that underpin how CALM conceptualises how we should respond to behaviours that challenge and why. The course commences with an induction workshop designed to enable participants to make connections with other programme participants as well as explore the requirements of assessments and the mechanisms in place to support their studies.  

6 Modules 

Each module has been structured around a specific topic, the approach to learning will include identified essential reading, online recorded PowerPoints, work based reflective practice and online tutorials. 

Assessments include written essays, reports and reflective accounts. Throughout the assessment process participants will be required to examine their organisational context in relation to each topic and develop an outcome focused report of recommendations which can be utilised within their organisation in their future role as a CALM Associate. 

Module Topics of Study: 

Module 1
  •  Attribution, emotion, thinking and practice in supporting people whose behaviour may challenge 
Module 2
  • Models, practice, evidence and assessment of fidelity 
Module 3
  • The use of Functional Assessment in planning support for people whose behaviour may challenge  
Module 4
  • The role of de-escalation in the support of individuals with behaviours that challenge 
Module 5
  • The role of staff support in delivering safer services  
Module 6
  • Rights based approach to reducing restrictive practices and delivering safer services 

Options for learners interested in undertaking the CALM Associate Programme

Our Standard Associate Programme

The 1-year standard programme runs over the course of approximately 10 months covering 1 module every 9 weeks.   


Our Flexible Option

With our flexible option, you can complete each module at a pace that suits your organisation. With no fixed submission deadlines your Associate can complete each module at intervals that fit with their work commitments and personal circumstance. This option also allows you the flexibility to pay module by module rather that for all modules at one time. 

Right for you?

Who is This Course For?

Education Services

Mainstream schools, ASN (Additional Support Needs) schools, SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools, SEBN (Social, Emotional, Behavioural Needs) 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Education Services. 

Roles: Pupil Support Assistants, Teachers, Catering and Facilities staff, Principal Teachers, Head Teachers, Class-room Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Special Needs Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Psychologists, anyone in a Learning and Development role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Social Care

Residential Childcare, Supported Living, Housing Support Services, Respite Care, Day Supports 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working across the Social Care Sector. 

Roles: Support Assistants, Support Workers, Senior Support Workers, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Operational Managers, Social Workers, addiction workers, workers with homeless, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Health Services

Nursing Homes, in patient dementia and older adult services, adolescent and young people in patient settings, Addiction services, Homeless services, forensic services 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Health Services. 

Roles: Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, Doctors, addiction workers, project workers, Reception/Admin staff, Community Health staff, Multi-disciplinary roles such as Speech and Language therapists, OT’s, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role. 

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