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The CAPBS Webinar Series 2016: Developing practice in PBS

A series of free webinars from the Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support at BILD, presented by academics and expert practitioners from the UK and internationally. 

Each of the webinars highlights a key aspect of delivering on Positive Behaviour Support, and offers practical guidance for improving practice.

The CAPBS webinar series is supported by:

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All of the webinars are also available to watch on our You Tube page. If you 'subscribe' to the You Tube page, whenever we post a new video you'll be sent an email letting you know.

7 July 2016


Prevent-Teach-Reinforcement (PTR): A school model for individualized Positive Behavior Support

This presentation will describe the Prevent-Teach-Reinforcement (PTR) model of developing and implementing an individualized positive behavior support process in typical school settings.  Research supporting the efficacy of the PTR model will be reviewed along with the process and tools. Case study examples will be shared as well as descriptions of application in diverse school environments.




The videos that you see during this webinar are research protected. They are only intended for use by the researchers who were approved by the University of South Florida Institutional Research Board. The videos cannot be recorded or disseminated by anyone else.  

Please respect the confidentiality of the student, the student’s family, and the educators by not recording or disseminating the videos beyond watching them during the webinar. 

Thank you.

The presenter:

Assistant Professor Rose Iovannone 
University of South Florida

Dr. Rose Iovannone is an Assistant Professor at the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at the University of South Florida. 

Currently, she is the Director of the Behaviour Research Centre, the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Project. Dr. Iovannone is a board certified behaviour analyst and has extensive experience in working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. 

15 September


Identifying and defining Restrictive Practices     

This webinar explores terminology, definitions and euphemistic language often used to describe restrictive practices. 

The presentation supports delegates to reflect on practice issues related to the use and application of restrictive practices and discuss how leaders in organisations can support people to recognise when they might be using a restrictive practices. 

Additionally, the presentation  briefly explores organisational models for reducing and eliminating restrictive practices.  

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The presenters:

Sharon Paley 
Director Clinical Innovation and Governance,  Department of Communities, Queensland, Australia

Sharon has extensive experience of working within residential services across a number of settings including forensic services, community based services and assessment a treatment. In the most part her career has been within services supporting people who have behaviours which present a level of risk to them or those around them.  

Sharon is the author of a number of books and articles on restrictive practices. Committed to reducing aversive practices Sharon believes passionately that we need to encourage staff to learn the skills and technology which underpin more proactive approaches, such as positive behaviour support. 

Kirsty Jamal
Senior Clinician, Department of Communities, Queensland, Australia

Kirsty is a registered psychologist and has been practicing within the behaviour space for approximately 10 years. Kirsty has a passion for protecting the human rights of clients with a disability and actively advocate for clients to live in the least restrictive environment where meaningful community participation can be achieved and quality of life can improve. In her role as Senior Clinician, for the Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support, Kirsty is providing support within the disability sector across Queensland.


27 September


Active Support engagement, opportunity, relationships and choice  

Active Support originated from work done in the 1980’s on designing services for people with severe intellectual disabilities and it continues to offer most to those who depend on help from others to get things done. 

Providing the right amount of help at exactly the right time is the essence of Active Support, so that participating in activity is a joyful experience for all. Doing everyday activities increases opportunity for control, relationships and choice. This presentation explains how.

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The presenter:

Dr Sandy Toogood 
Bangor University

Sandy Toogood is a Doctoral Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with a special interest in using person-centred behavioural approaches to help people with intellectual disabilities overcome challenging behaviour and live ordinary lives in the community. 

He has combined clinical work with teaching, conference presentations, and developing training materials and has contributed to various professional and academic journals and books. 

Sandy is part time Senior Lecturer in Applied Behaviour Analysis and an independent consulting behaviour analyst. 

8 November


Practice leadership - getting PBS right at the front line 

We all know that carers need to be trained, but this is not sufficient for the successful implementation of Positive Behavioural Support. The service culture and how carers support people also need to change. This requires focused attention on staff practice and outcomes achieved, and a key way of achieving this is through Practice Leadership. 

This webinar discusses key elements in developing Practice Leader competencies, and describes some practical tools they can use to support, encourage and measure best practice. 

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The presenters:

Professor Kathy Lowe and Dr Edwin Jones, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Professor Kathy Lowe Ph.D, is Service Improvement and Research Lead, in the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Delivery Unit at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, UK.  Her key roles are in service improvement, training and research focusing on Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) and Active Support. She runs and was co-developer of three accredited e-learning qualifications in PBS.  

She is Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales, a visiting lecturer at the International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, a reviewer and editorial board member of several international journals. She is also involved in several advisory groups on the development of learning disability and challenging behaviour services. 

Edwin Jones Ph.D,  is Service Improvement and Research Lead, in the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Delivery Unit at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, UK.  He is closely involved in service improvement, commissioning, training and policy development focussing on Positive Behavioural Support. He runs and was co-developer of three accredited e-learning qualifications in PBS.  

Dr. Jones is an honorary fellow at the University of South Wales, a visiting lecturer at the International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, and an editorial board member of several journals. He chairs the All Wales Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice and is a member of the Welsh Government Learning Disability Advisory Group.

30 November


Applying positive psychology to Positive Behaviour Supports 

PBS has emerged as an evidenced based approach to the management of behaviours of concern. In parallel the last 20 years has seen an increased focus on Positive Psychology almost as a new discipline. 

This talk will focus on a number of positive psychological strategies which can help to enhance a PBS framework. These will include: Positive recording, a focus on staff resilience, functional analysis of positive behaviours, and a strong focus on subjective wellbeing including happiness. 

Participants will get a series of strategies that they can implement in their practice.  

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The presenter:

Dr Andy McDonnell
Studio III

Andrew McDonnell BSc, MSc, Consultant Clinical Psychologist to and Director of Studio III Clinical Services;  Director, clinical consultant and Team Leader to Studio III Training; formerly Clinical Psychologist to Monyhull Hospital Birmingham. 

Andrew has particular interest in the design of community settings for people who challenge. He is also a staunch advocate of promoting non-aversive approaches to managing challenging behaviours. 

Andrew has authored many papers on managing challenging behaviours particularly in the fields of Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Healthcare and the care of Older Adults. He is also a key-note speaker at National and International conferences and symposia.

22 December

Staff behaviours valued by service users: views of people whose behaviour challenges 

Hearing the voices of people with learning disabilities and enabling them to have a say in the kind of support they receive is essential to providing good support.

Research suggests that staff support and interactions with people with intellectual disabilities are important for the individual’s quality of life and may also influence behaviours that challenge.  To date, research has focused on professionals’ perceptions of the behaviours of good support staff. 

In contrast, this study examines the perspectives of people with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges.  Seventeen people with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges were interviewed about their views and described various positive staff behaviours as well as those that they did not value. 

Tom's research has been published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support:

Evan, T and Gore, N (2016) Staff behaviours valued by service users: views of people whose behaviour challenges. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 6,2, 4-11

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The presenter:

Tom Evans

Regional Lead: South, for BILD’s Centre for the Advancement of PBS, and Southdown Housing

Tom is Regional Lead: South, for BILD’s Centre for the Advancement of PBS.

He is also PBS lead for a not-for-profit service provider where he is responsible for development of PBS strategy, leadership and internal quality assurance of PBS and management of the central PBS team.

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Find out more 

To find out more about Positive Behaviour Support and how CAPBS can support your team to work in this way call Sarah Leitch or Emma Loft on 0121 415 6970 or email