In-house accredited training

CABA provides a range of in-house accredited training, nation-wide and internationally, run by Behaviour Specialists with 25+ years experience in the industry. Please see the list of training areas below, and note that these can be tailored to suit organisational needs:

• Supporting Dual Diagnosis
• Self-Control Strategies
• Managing Behavioural Incidents
• Focussed Support
• Supporting Self-Injurious Behaviour
• Non-Aversive Behavioural Support
• Autism and Behavioural Support

Who would benefit from these courses?

• Direct Support Staff
• Teachers
• Managers
• Behavioural Support Staff
• Anyone interested in the topics

Contact us directly for more information, or if you would like to join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events, submit your email address here.

Supporting dual diagnosis

Adults with intellectual disability are at a higher than normal risk of developing a concurrent mental health illness and often diagnosis is made more difficult by lack of communication ability. Participants in this seminar will gain an understanding of mental disorders as well as the importance of mental health, in a non-clinical and relaxed atmosphere.

Participants will learn:

• Definitions and terminology
• Overview – including causes, symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression and  Anxiety
• Supporting clients with Dual Diagnosis as well as treatment options
• Referral pathways and clinical input
• Information pertaining to the Mental Health Act
• PASS-ADD assessment design and tools

Self control

Behaviour Management relies on external influences to support the person with challenging behaviour; this includes environmental changes, interaction styles, reinforcement schedules and antecedent control strategies. One of the issues we face in supporting persons with challenging behaviour is to develop a range of skills, which allows the person to remain in control of their behaviour and not rely on these external supports.

This seminar will describe in a user-friendly way, methods to teach the person self-control techniques for when they are exposed to stress, disappointment, anger-provoking situations and so on. These strategies can be targeted at those who have an intellectual disability, ABI and/or psychiatric illness

Some of the topics covered include the following:

• Progressive Muscle Relaxation
• General Relaxation Training
• Cognitive Behavioural Strategies
• Systematic Dessensitation – fears and phobias, sounds, movement, objects. etc.
• Incident Based Social Skills Training
• Coping and Tolerance skills (e.g. learning to wait, tolerating being told, “No”)

Participants will learn:

• How to design the programmes
• Simple assessment techniques for determining the persons self-control needs

Participants will learn how to teach:

• Progressive Muscle Relaxation and imagery
• Self-Control Social Skills
• Overcoming Anxiety Producing Situations
• Waiting and tolerating

The techniques will be illustrated via videotape case studies and practical exercises

Managing Behavioural Incidents

How do we stop people in behavioural crisis from injuring themselves or other people, or damaging property?

What participants will learn:

• Strategies to minimise damage
• How to manage yourself when everything fails
• Preventative techniques such as antecedent control
• The motivation of aggressive responses
• Dealing with incidents in crowded community settings
• Understanding complex clinical techniques in a simple way
• Risk assessment strategies
• Current directions in research

*Each participant will receive a bound book of seminar notes and resources and a multimedia CD of behavioural support

Focussed support

How do we reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviour rapidly? One of the issues that we face in supporting persons with challenging behaviour is the time it takes to set up environments, programmes and other resources to assist the person in reducing the occurrence frequency of the behaviour. What if we could use simple procedures to reduce the frequency of challenging behaviours in a matter of days or weeks, as the initial component of our support programme?

Topics covered:

• The ethical support of deccelerative procedures in reducing challenging behaviour
• The data required to develop a Deccelerative Procedure
• The 12 types of Deccelerative Procedures – Stimulus Satiation, Shaping Down, DROP, Background Stimulus Change, Stimulus Control. etc.
• How to choose the correct Deccelerative Procedure
• How to develop and implement a Deccelerative procedure
• How to make certain that support persons use the deccelerative procedure correctly
• Troubleshooting a Decellerative Programme

Managing self-injurious behaviour

This seminar provides staff with an understanding of and tools necessary to support this severe behavioural condition, through the following topics:

• What to do if things are at Crisis Point
• Theories of self-injury and their application in the real world
• Prevalence of Self-Injury
• Simple and effective assessment

What participants will learn:

• The effects of SIB on the clients and support persons
• The self-injurious cycle
• Meeting the emotional needs of all involved
• Does the use of medication and restraints have a role?
• Developing an effective support plan
• The reasons why people self-injure and how this behaviour develops
• Strategies for assessment and to measure support outcomes
• Developing non-aversive support plans within a restricted resource base
• Current directions in research

Non-aversive behaviour support

Non-aversive behaviour support explores the reasons as to why positive behaviour support is effective. It discusses a range of positive support techniques that are effective in assisting persons with challenging behaviour. Basic assessment is also covered. This seminar offers a good overview of all of the techniques covered in our individual seminars. It is ideal for persons who are not overly familiar with behavioural support or for persons who want to expand their knowledge base.

What participants will learn:

The basic principles of behaviour support are covered, as well as basic assessment tools
Positive Programming
Environmental manipulations, coping techniques and functional communication systems are explored
Focussed Support
Techniques to rapidly reduce behaviour are covered
Situational Management
Situational techniques to manage incidents of challenging behaviour

Autism and behavioural support

This programme, written by Tan Curtis, is designed to assist those who work with an ASD person to become aware of and modify common environmental challenges. As a result, the ASD person will be less anxious and therefore less behavioural deterioration will occur.

Participants will learn:

• Anxiety, ASD and behavioural deterioration
• Sequences of behaviour
• Functions of behaviour
• Identify common challenging situations to which an ASD person is likely to be exposed
• Identifying when intervention is required