3 Day +ProActive Approaches Course (Children’s SEMH settings)

The 3 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.

Course Duration: 3 Days

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The 3 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.
  • Functions of behaviour.
  • 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) and…
  • Effective incident recording using a 7-part recording formula.
The philosophy behind +ProActive Approaches is one of understanding, empathy and adopting a proactive mindset in relation to potential challenging behaviour. 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. Staff teams will be able to correctly understand the behaviours 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 children and 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
Who_is_this_course_aimed_at   The 3 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).

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Learning Outcomes

The 3 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©.

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Course Details

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Course times: 9:30am – 16:30pm each day (includes mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks).

Venue: Supplied by yourselves, we come to you.

Refreshments: Supplied by yourselves.

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Recent Reviews

Excellent, very relevant!

The 2-day manager’s acquaint course has given me an excellent overview of the training and allows me to feel assured that the staff will get proper therapeutic training.

Dr Fenella Quinn (Principal Psychologist)
Oracle Care & Education

The trainers knowledge and experience are phenomenal. No questions went unanswered.

I think anyone who works with any kind of vulnerable adult or child will benefit from this course. The trainer’s knowledge, approach and professionalism is the best I have ever seen.

Rebecca Gardner (Home Manager)
Oracle Care & Education

Everyone left the course feeling inspired and motivated…

Thank you, the course was, in my opinion, excellent. The work you did around different team roles, blocked care and empathy fatigue was enlightening and inspiring.

Sharon Broadley (Registered Manager)
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By far the best physical intervention course I have completed in 15 years of residential experience. Simple, effective and therapeutically informed.

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