Course Overview

The CALM Integrative Positive Behaviour Support (IPBS) course is distinct from more traditional PBS courses in a number of significant ways. 

Firstly, it is truly integrative – synthesising core concepts from attachment, trauma and behavioural theory to build an approach that works with the whole person and not only their behaviour. 

Secondly, it forms part of our system-wide, whole organisation approach in which those who have completed the IPBS program provide clinical leadership and supervision to direct care staff who have undertaken Calm Core Theory. 

What we know is that the train and hope model of sending staff on a training programme and hoping for better outcomes does not work. Decades of experience and research has shown us that in order to embed any new approach we need an enabling infrastructure that supports it.   

The Integrative Positive Behaviour Support (IPBS) course was created to meet that need for our community of service providers. 

You’ve told us you need more than just theory; you need more than just awareness of the research; you need staff sufficiently skilled to provide local clinical and practice leadership. You need staff who can oversee integrative assessments, develop integrative support plans, train staff in their implementation and monitor their application. 

And you need continued support from a training organisation who believes in your vision of person-centred, evidencebased, and values-led care. 

This is what makes the CALM IPBS different from other traditional PBS courses. 

Not only do we lead you through the evidence base and the foundations of Integrative PBS and Practice Leadership, but you’ll get practical, context-specific feedback (written and verbal feedback on your own practice; assessment of live case examples etc.) from our expert practitioners who have decades of experience and clinical leadership. 

And what’s more, CALM prides itself on its record of continued support – our guidance doesn’t just stop when the course ends – all clients become part of the CALM community of dedicated practitioners – and we take care of our community! 

Address your critical needs

  • Maximise the safety of staff and service users 
  • Uphold your duty of care 
  • Mitigate risk of potential liability  
  • Comply with legislation and regulatory guidance 
  • Minimise the occurrence of distress presenting as behaviours that challenge 
  • Reduce the need for restrictive interventions 
  • Embed an evidence-based practice model 

What Can You Expect?

Days 1-3 are consecutive face-to-face learning with day 4 (4 weeks later) facilitated online. Compulsory work is set between day 3 and 4 during which participants will continue online with the practical aspects of the course as applied to their own service. Participants will then have the opportunity to implement the core competencies of the programme and consolidate their learning in an online day 4.  

Day One
  • Contemporary best practice with a particular emphasis on integrative positive behaviour support   
Day Two
  • Contemporary best practice with a particular emphasis on formulation and behaviour support plan development and implementation 
Day Three
  • Contemporary best practice with a particular emphasis on Practise Leadership, coaching, continuous quality assurance, and sustaining cultural change  
Day Four
  • How to deliver and evidence the competencies necessary for effective supports in the application of integrative positive behaviour support 

What you’ll learn

Right for you?

Who is This Course For?

The CALM IPBS course is an intensive programme for practitioners with some experience of developing person-centred behaviour supports and who have previously undertaken CALM Core Theory. It is for those looking to extend their knowledge, expertise and competencies in the implementation of attachment-based and trauma-informed positive behaviour support.   

This 4-day program is designed to prepare individuals for the implementation of attachment-based and trauma-informed behaviour support and/or restrictive intervention reduction within a specific service e.g. a residential unit, adult support service or school. 

The programme aims to develop expertise in those intends to lead on the implementation of best practice irrespective whether such leadership is a formal expectation of their role or they want to apply the enhanced knowledge and skills only in their own practice. 


What Others Say

” I plan to look deeper at the behaviours of the young people I support and work with them to find safe solutions rather than focusing on controlling their behaviour “

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” Such an enjoyable course, got so much out of it, practical ideas and approaches that I can take away and use tomorrow. “

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” I’ve have learned a lot about the importance of the words we use when we speak about people and write about them in the various reports and care plans we produce. There is a lot of review needed of what we currently have in place back at the project. We can improve what we do and how we do it as a result of this course “

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