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Improving quality of life with positive behaviour support

The BILD 2018 
PBS International Conference

Come and shape the future of PBS

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This year’s conference is set to be the largest UK gathering of practitioners, researchers and internationally-renowned PBS experts. It will be packed with opportunities to learn new skills, share good practice, debate key issues and hear about new ideas and developments. 

The theme is using PBS to improve quality of life and there will be a range of small workshops, masterclasses and inspirational keynote speakers. We are delighted to welcome international experts David Pitonyak and Mark Durand this year, as well as UK experts including Richard Hastings and Peter McGill.

The conference includes opportunities to:

  • contribute to the ongoing research agenda 
  • attend practical interactive workshops facilitated by expert practitioners like Mark Durand (University of South Florida), Edwin Jones (ABM) and Tom Evans (CAPBS)
  • boost your skills and knowledge by attending masterclasses run by leading academics like Sandy Toogood and Sui lin Goei, Anne MacDonald and Darren Bowring
  • celebrate innovation and great practice with colleagues
  • hear from experts by experience
  • network with colleagues
  • attend a research surgery

The conference programme:

Pre-conference masterclass

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Richard Hastings

'Who’s Challenging Who' empathy training for staff: the results

Professor Richard Hastings
University of Warwick 

Mark Durand

Behavioural interventions for sleep problems in children with IDD

Professor Mark Durand           
University of South Florida, USA

Day 1: Thursday 10 May

George Sugai

Expert by experience

Jennifer and Kate Sanger

Mark Durand

Early intervention for challenging behaviour in children with IDD 

Professor Mark Durand
University of South Florida, USA

Bo Hejskov

Managing challenging behaviour while maintaining wellbeing. A question of self control

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Parallel session  
(from 11.45am to 1.25pm)


  1. The logic of positive behaviour support in schools
    Professor Sui Lin Goei, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

  2. Measuring positive behaviour support outcomes
    Dr Anne MacDonald, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland and Darren Bowring, States of Jersey


  1. Implementing positive behaviour support in a forensic setting 
    Laura Higgins, St George's Hospital and BILD PBS Consultant, England

  2. Stress and attribution of behaviour
    Bo Hejlskov Elvén, Sweden

  3. Functional assessment
    Dr Sandy Toogood, Bangor University, Wales

  4. TBC

Parallel session
(from 2.25pm to 4.05pm) 


  1. Capable environments
    Professor Peter McGill, The Tizard Centre, England

  2. Measuring positive behaviour support outcomes
    Dr Anne MacDonald, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland and Darren Bowring, States of Jersey 

  3. A sense of belonging           
    David Pitonyak,
    Dimagine, USA       


  1. Subjective quality of life and how to measure it objectively
    Tom Evans, BILD and Steve Wilson, BILD Consultant, England

  2. Using attachment and complex trauma theory to understand behaviours that challenge within a PBS framework 
    Dr Cathy Harding and Dr Edwin Jones, ABMU, Wales

  3. Introduction to mindfulness           
    Dr Steve Noone, 
    Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, England

  4. PBS research advice surgery
    Professor Richard Hastings, University of Warwick, England

Day 2: Friday 11 May


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System-wide positive behaviour support in social care settings

Professor Peter McGill, The Tizard Centre, England

Sui Lin Goei

Positive behaviour interventions and supports: putting systems into place for creating safe and supportive school environments

Professor Sui Lin Goei, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

David Pitonyak
Improving quality of life

David Pitonyak, Dimagine, USA


Workshops - 1 to 6

  1. Learning to love data!
    Belinda Bradley, MacIntyre Charity, England

  2. The role of mediators in the positive behaviour support process and how they can be supported effectively
    Alan Nuttall, Milestones Trust, England

  3. Reflective practice and debriefing
    Andy Whysall, Sherwood Training, England

  4. Implementing positive behaviour support within an inpatient forensic intellectual disability service
    Dave Kitchen,
    Partnerships in Care, England

  5. Show me and i will understand: a practical approach to improving quality of life and skill teaching using person centred active support
    Linda Hume,
    Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

  6. Hidden sight loss within care planning
    Iain Kennedy,
    RNIB, Scotland

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This event has been CPD Certified

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

The BILD PBS Leadership Awards 2018

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

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

The categories will include awards for:

  • organisational innovation
  • working with people with learning disabilities who use services
  • leader of the future, which will be open to students

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More information on the Awards and how to nominate

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Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support - 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 >