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2 Day Course (Children's SEMH Settings)

Trauma-Informed & Attachment Aware Behaviour Support

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches  Course (Children's Services Edition - SEMH settings) Behaviour Training provides you with a bespoke solution to easily deliver 'Trauma & Attachment informed' behaviour support training to your staff teams. The course is designed to assist staff to identify, understand and respond confidently to behaviour that might challenge using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques.

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches  Course (Children's Services Edition - SEMH settings) has been specifically developed for residential staff in SEMH settings who are supporting children and young people with behavioural difficulties (SEMH/SEBD).

The 2-Day +ProActive Approaches  Course (Children’s Services Edition – SEMH settings) includes the following:

  • Behaviour that might challenge in the context of child development.
  • The significant impact of childhood trauma & attachment.
  • Effective and practical de-escalation techniques including help scripts.
  • Incorporates PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity & Empathy).
  • The legal context.
  • Low-level guiding & escorting techniques using +ProActive Building Blocks©.
  • 1 and 2-person physical interventions using +ProActive Building Blocks©.
  • Therapeutic post-crisis support (including understanding sympathy, empathy, shame & guilt).
  • The modules outlined below can be delivered during INSET days or twilight sessions.
  • The course content is modular and comes with an assessment tool to show you clearly where to start to make the biggest impact.
  • The course enables one of your own staff to qualify as an ‘In House’ trainer and deliver our tried and tested 5-step system for effective behaviour change.
  • The course will assist staff in identifying, understanding and responding confidently to behaviour using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques. See below for the course description and overview.

Effective Behaviour Support relies on Empathy. a Healthy Culture. Consistency. Effective Communication. Great Team Work. #AimingForZero

The philosophy behind +ProActive Approaches is one of understanding, empathy and adopting a proactive mindset in relation to behaviours of concern. Through empowering staff members to become inquisitive about behaviour and consider it from a context of either being an unmet need, frustration, anxiety, trauma & attachment issues, environmental factor or communication difficulties, they will be able to understand the behaviours correctly and subsequently develop the correct support plans that will limit the likelihood of behaviour in the first place. This approach will ensure that your service effectively focuses on supporting young people rather than trying to manage them.

The +ProActive Approaches courses draw heavily on contemporary research, PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) principles and direct practice experience. All courses will allow you to confidently meet Ofsted requirements.

You can access a training package that provides practical solutions to serious issues and regularly achieves significant increases in not only course participant’s knowledge, but more importantly, their SKILLS & CONFIDENCE.

This is achieved through a blend of the following:

  • Experiential Learning
  • Video Case Studies
  • Group Exercises
  • Pairs Exercises
  • Group Discussions

Course Overview

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Course Content

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches  Course (Children’s Services Edition – SEMH settings) will give your staff a clear insight into the reasons for challenging behaviour. During the course, delegates gain significant benefit from the dynamic nature of the interactive learning, as well as the positive impact on understanding and information retention from the experiential exercises and video case studies.

The course covers the following:

  • Introduction & Welcome (setting the scene).
  • Defining ‘Challenging Behaviour’.
  • Establishing healthy ‘Values’ and a robust foundation for practice.
  • Child Development in a context of understanding behaviour.
  • Trauma & Attachment informed practice.
  • House Model of Parenting and incorporating PACE into behaviour support.
  • Understanding ‘the function’ of a behaviour.
  • Recognising types and causes of behaviour and use these to develop pro-active and preventative strategies when responding to behaviour.
  • Understanding ‘Setting Events’ & ‘Triggers’.
  • Understanding the ‘arousal cycle’.
  • Developing a robust set of ‘De-Escalation’ skills and choosing the correct response.
  • Why children lie and how to respond therapeutically using a simple ‘4 Step Formula’.
  • Understanding the different forms of aggression.
  • Consider behaviours for adults to avoid when supporting children in crisis, becoming a ‘trusted adult’ and therapeutic responses to crisis.
  • Developing individualised support plans that will support children in relation to their behaviour.
  • How to include children and young people in behaviour planning (promoting inclusion, choices and considering a therapeutic approach to behaviour plans).
  • Understanding restrictive practices.
  • The law & legal context.
  • The health risks associated with physically holding children (including positional asphyxiation).
  • Developing the use of low arousal approaches.
  • Low-level guiding & escorting techniques using +ProActive Building Blocks©.
  • 1 and 2 person holds using +ProActive Building Blocks©.


Q: Is the course Accredited?

A: Yes, this course is fully certificated by BILD Act under the RRN Training Standards.

Q: How long does the course last?

A: 2 Days. The usual start and finish times are 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, however, this can be flexible depending on your needs. There will be a mid-morning & mid-afternoon break as well as a lunch break. Lunch not provided.

Q: Where are the courses run?

A: Venue supplied by yourselveswe come to you! We will supply you with a detailed venue specification to make a venue easier to source.

Q: Is the course certificated?

A: Yes, all delegates who pass the course will be issued with a certificate as part of the course fee. Your certificates will include a BILD Act logo. Certificates are issued based on competence and not attendance.

Q: Is the theory part of the course just Powerpoint?

A: Absolutely NOT! The course utilises a unique blend of video, case studies, group exercises, personal reflection and experiential exercises to effectively impart the required knowledge and skills in order to empower staff to support children and young people effectively.

Q: How many delegates can attend?

A: 12 people with 1 Trainer, up to 18 people with 2 Trainers. These ratios are in line with the RRN Training Standards.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Click on the ‘Download Info Pack’ button below to receive your copy of our PDF Info pack (delivered instantly via email). The pack includes full course details and costs.

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