Bild International PBS Conference 2020

12-14 May, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow Central


Bookings for the main conference will be opening shortly.



Additional admission

The International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support will be hosting a symposium and reception on Tuesday, 12 May. Speakers to include:

Professor Rob Horner, University of Oregon, USA
Dr Rachel Freeman, University of Minnesota, USA

Numbers are limited to 60.

Cost: £60 + VAT



Making Positive Behaviour Support more inclusive

The theme of the 2020 International Positive Behaviour Support Conference in Glasgow is inclusion.

Speakers will be challenging us to think about how we can support the future development of Positive Behaviour Support to be more accessible, so more people can benefit from it, across the lifespan, across different populations and cultures, across health, social care and education settings.

We will be considering how we can include more people with lived experience in the development of PBS and how an understanding of people past trauma can enhance all our practices

International presenters include Professor Rob Horner, Dr Rachel Freeman, Dr Edwin Jones, Beth Morrison, Kate Sanger and Professor Nigel Beail.

We have expert practitioners from the UK, Europe, US, Australia, New Zealand leading workshops to inform and support innovative and ethical practices including streams on developing inclusive practice, behaviour support-planning and implementing PBS in educational settings

We also have a stream of skills lead workshops for those who want to improve their practice skills, in active support, functional assessment, rapport building, communication, sensory assessment.


Positive Behaviour Support Conference Awards

We have three categories of awards for 2020. Please see the details below. All submissions should be emailed to

Award for Excellence in Inclusive Practice in Positive Behaviour Support
This year we are looking for nominations for excellence in inclusive practice in PBS, which means doing PBS with the person and those close to them rather than to them. Nominations are welcome from all sectors and from all populations and age ranges. This could include people with learning disabilities, autistic people, and people living with dementia, people who have mental health conditions, people that use forensic services or mainstream schools.

The interventions may be a single case, a service-wide intervention, or a whole organisational approach (or part of) which demonstrates the use of a particularly inclusive way of implementing PBS. The nominee may have worked closely alongside the person themselves and the key people in their lives, including families and support staff to implement PBS, or developed person centred and inclusive systems and strategies that really support involvement.
There will be one winner (no runners-up) who will be announced at the conference.

The outcome must be improved quality of life (eg not just reduction of restrictive practices). The application must be consistent with:
The Gore definition
MacDonald four composites
Key messages of PBS document

The deadline for submissions is 13 March, 2020.

You will then be asked to deliver a presentation and take part in an interview with three of the PBS Steering Group by video conference on Friday 27 March 2020. The winner will be invited to attend the BILD PBS Conference 2020 at Glasgow on 12-14 May and awarded a free place.

Find out more and download the entry criteria

International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support Early Career Researcher Award
This award is given annually to a researcher who has carried out high-quality applied research on Positive Behavioural Support and/or Challenging Behaviour.

Researchers should be recent Masters Degree graduates (within the past two years), or practitioners who have fewer than five research publications in total and have published (including in press) peer reviewed research papers in 2019 or 2020.

The deadline for entries is 13 March, 2020.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts and the winner will be announced at the BILD PBS International Conference 2020.

Find out more and download the entry criteria

Positive Behaviour Support Inclusive Posters
Do you want to inspire others? Do you want to talk about inclusive person-centred centred positive behaviour support?

Do you want to share your work of including people, families and support staff in their own plans?
Do you have stories of inclusion to share?
We’re giving space to people engaged in delivering inclusive positive behaviour support an opportunity to share their stories. We’re keen to hear what people are doing to put the principles and practices of PBS into action in ways that include those who are often excluded.
The deadline for submitting a poster proposal is 2 March 2020.
We will choose 8 proposals for the conference and notify people by 16 March 2020.

Download more details about how to enter