Basic Functional Assessment

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Programme details

Good positive behaviour support depends on the quality of the behaviour support plan and how well it is understood and delivered. A PBS plan should be based on a functional behaviour assessment carried out by a practitioner who has had the right level of training.

On this programme participants will learn how to do a Brief Functional Assessment. This will include learning to complete a Functional Assessment Interview and how to use rating scales effectively. The programme will also cover reviewing reports, reviewing recording tools and undertaking brief observations.

Participants will also learn how to complete a functional assessment report and how to design interventions based on the report that informs the development of a positive behaviour support plan.

After two days of practical and theoretical learning participants will return to their workplace and complete a functional assessment on someone they support. The assessment report will be presented to the group on day 3 and will be assessed by the programme facilitator. Participants will receive individual verbal and written feedback.

The programme will be a mixture of theoretical learning, group discussion and practical exercises that will involve both individual and paired work.


Day 1:

  • Introductions
  • learning outcomes and structure of the programme
  • What is a functional behaviour assessment and why is it important to PBS?
  • Defining behaviours of concern; identifying antecedents and setting events
  • Identifying consequences and common functions to behaviours of concern
  • Functional Assessment Interviews

Day 2:

  • Using rating scales
  • Utilising other available data
  • Completing brief observations and writing the functional assessment report
  • Developing a PBS plan

Participants will then complete a functional assessment in their workplace. They will bring a functional assessment report and a draft PBS plan to be assessed on day 3.

Day 3:

  • Assessments, feedback and action planning.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand and practice completing a functional assessment interview
  • Understand and become familiar with different rating scales
  • Practice reviewing reports and information from other sources
  • Practice observation skills
  • Learn how to write a functional assessment report and will understand how this will help them to develop an effective PBS plan
  • Complete an assignment that will include conducting a functional behaviour assessment in their workplace and produce a report for assessment
  • Develop knowledge of consent and data protection issues related to carrying out assessments
  • Know when to seek specialist support to manage complex cases
    Peer review other participants assessment reports and share learning

Who should attend

This event is for supervisors and support staff who want to learn how to complete a brief functional behaviour assessment. This programme may also be of interest to parents, personal assistants and foster carers.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
This training has been CPD Certified. Attendance will allow you to gain CPD points towards your Continuous Professional Development requirements.