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PBS Conference 2017


Working together to deliver Positive Behaviour Support

The 2017 International Positive Behaviour Support Research and Practice Conference

This event has now taken place. 

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The underlying theme of this, the eighth BILD PBS International Research and Practice Conference, is about delivering the most effective support, building on strengths, and meeting even the most complex of needs successfully. 

How can we grow the skills and knowledge of the workforce and the capacity of services, to have maximum impact on the quality of life for the people they support and their families? 

This year’s keynote speakers include international speakers contributing global perspectives and leading academics in the field of Positive Behaviour Support. The workshop streams focus on a range of key topics: organisational and workforce development, how to reduce restrictive practices, PBS in schools, Active Support, Practice Leadership, and promoting wellbeing and trauma-informed care. Academics and expert practitioners will present

As well as top international speakers and expert practitioner-led workshops, the conference offers excellent opportunities to network, collaborate, and reflect on personal and organisational practices. That is why this has become the conference where the UK’s Positive Behaviour Support community gathers, and why it is acknowledged as the UK’s leading PBS event.

Delegates said of previous BILD PBS International Research and Practice conferences:

  • “Every single presentation and workshop has given me food for thought and actions.”
  • “As always, the workshops are a great opportunity to debate, discuss and engage.”
  • “Excellent speakers. I feel enthused, with loads of ideas to take forward within my own organisation.”


The Conference Programme:

Pre-Conference Practice Symposium

Wednesday 3 May 

Dr Edwin Jones

Service Development Consultant, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Wales

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Darren Bowring

Senior Behaviour Advisor, States of Jersey

Nick Gore

Dr Nick Gore

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Tizard Centre, University of Kent 


Dr Jill Bradshaw

Lecturer in Learning Disabilities, Tizard Centre, University of Kent

Anne Macdonald IJPBS

Dr Anne MacDonald

Head of complex needs, The Richmond Fellowship, Scotland


Prof Don Kincaid

University of South Florida, USA

Day 1: Thursday 4 May


A parent's perspective

Frances Steepe


What is Positive Behaviour Support and how do I use it to support children and adults?  

Prof Don Kincaid, University of South Florida, USA


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Who's Challenging Who?: Why empathy training for staff is needed, and why it should be delivered by people with learning disabilities

Prof Richard Hastings and Ben Williams, University of Warwick, England

Kathy Lowe

Developing skills of Positive Behaviour Support in the workforce through practice leadership 

Prof Kathy Lowe, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Wales


Attending to the psychological welfare of staff who work with people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour: the debriefing controversy

Dr Peter Baker, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, England


Every generation must fight the same battles again and again: remembering all the variables? Why subjective should be the new objective

Tony Osgood, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, England

Sarah Leitch

Why coaches are important

Sarah Leitch, BILD CAPBS Development Manager 


Attend both workshops in each stream

  1. Practice leadership

    PBS for staff teams: an evaluation of an initiative aimed at increasing managers positive feedback to direct care staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. 
    Kate Strutt, Redstone Psychology, England

    Practice leadership: a critical component in ensuring the delivery of Positive Behaviour Support.  
    Bev Murphy, United Response, England 

  2. Reducing restrictive practices 

    Stepping down with Positive Behaviour Support: using Positive Behaviour Support in locked 
    rehabilitation settings. 
    Charlotte Blackburn, Turning Point, England  

    Exploring positive behaviour support in professionals within the disability sector in Singapore.  
    Vimallen Manokara, Minds, Singapore 

  3. Positive Behaviour Support in schools 

    What's gone well in Europe. 
    Sui Lin Goei and Margeet van Oudheusden, PBS-EU, Holland (TBC) 

    ProKoulu - implementation of school wide Positive Behaviour Support in Finland. 
    Prof Hannu Savolainen, University of Jyvaskylo, Finland

  4. Active Support  

    Autonomy relationships and Active Support
    Dr Sandy Toogood, University of Bangor, Wales 

    Supporting and developing staff competence in Active Support. 
    Dr Edwin Jones, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Wales

  5. Promoting wellbeing and trauma informed care 

    Delivering trauma informed staff support 
    Dr Brodie Peterson, CALM Training Scotland

    Noelle Blackman, Respond, England 

  6. Workforce development and organisational development  

    Who's Challenging Who? Training for staff to increase empathy towards people who display behaviours of concern. 
    Leisa Richards, University of Warwick, England  

    A multi-component workforce development framework for positive behaviour support.
    Darren Sanders, Royal Mencap Society, England



Day 2: Friday 5 May


Peter Gerdhart

Is ABA meeting the obligation to adults with ASD?

Peter Gerdhart,  Educational Partnership for Instructing Children, USA

Self-injurious behaviour: an unusual challenge

Prof Chris Oliver, University of Birmingham, England  


Organization-wide Strategies for Implementing Person-Centered Practices and Positive Behaviour Support    
Rachel Freeman, University of Minnesota, USA


Attend both workshops in each stream

  1. Reducing restrictive practices

    The role of reflective practice in reducing restrictive practices
    Prof Andy McDonnell, Studio III, England

    Individual restraint reduction plans
    Roy Deveau, The Tizard Centre, University of Kent, England

  2. Positive Behaviour Support in schools 

    Implementing School wide positive behaviour
    Don Kincaid, USA

    Schoolwide application of Positive Behaviour Support in a special school setting
    Corrine Grindle, University of Bangor, Wales

  3. Active Support 

    Active Support, Positive Behaviour Support and challenging behaviour
    John Ockenden, United Response, England

    Demonstrating the outcomes of Active Support
    Prof Kathy Lowe, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Wales

  4. Promoting wellbeing and trauma informed care 

    Integration of a neuro-developmental, attachment and trauma-informed (NAT-I) approach and Positive Behaviour Support: towards a framework for trauma informed PBS
    Gerhard Raftl, SAL Consulting, Australia

    Trauma informed post incident support for staff who work with people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour
    Dr Peter Baker, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, England

  5. Workforce development and organisational implementation 

    The implementation of Positive Behavioural Support impacts the working life of staff which improves the quality of life for individuals in supported living services
    Dr Steven Walsh, Manchester Metropolitan University, England

    Putting knowledge into practice: skilling up the workforce to have maximum impact
    Sarah Leitch, BILD CAPBS Development Manager 

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This event has been CPD Certified

Attendance will allow you to gain CPD points towards your Continuous Professional Development requirements.

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The 2017 BILD PBS Awards 

As part of BILD’s ongoing commitment to the development of positive behaviour support for people who have an intellectual disability we recognise the importance of recognising achievement in developing practice and disseminating information.

As a key part of each year's PBS Conference we present Leadership Awards for Positive Behaviour Support. 

This can be in areas of:

  • innovative practice
  • innovative practice involving users
  • outstanding practice in the use of PBS

More information >

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CAPBS - The UK’s leading resource for PBS and Active Support services

The Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support (CAPBS) at BILD was created to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in the learning disability sector around positive behaviour support. 

Find out more >