What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an evidence-based practice focused on the reduction of challenging behaviours and the restrictive practices that are commonly associated. PBS is a framework used to discover why challenging behaviour currently serves an individual, and then endeavours to provide better ways for this to happen. PBS uses the techniques of Applied Behavioural Analysis guided by a strong values base and delivered in person-centred ways; in other words, around the individual and their unique needs.
All behaviour happens for a reason, negative or challenging behaviour is no different. Challenging behaviours can impact all people involved, the individual, their family, friends, carers and the wider community. In some instances, an individual may be subject to a ‘restrictive practice’ based upon their challenging behaviour. These restrictions usually take the form of limited access to people, places or things. PBS aims to increase and strengthen positive, replacement behaviours through reinforcement, rather than using punishment or negative consequences. In turn, this allows for both the reduction of challenging behaviours and the restrictions that often accompany them.
Increasing participant quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of challenging behaviours is the main goal of PBS. This is achieved by:
- Teaching clear and functional ways of communicating wants or needs
- Improving sensory environments to illicit a more positive response
- Improving the individual’s overall lifestyle to promote a higher quality of life
- Providing therapeutic tools to the individual and/or their carers
- Educating carers/family members to better support and understand the individual
Key domains focused upon are:
- Social skills
- Emotional regulation (anxiety, stress and anger)
- Distress tolerance
- Trauma-informed practice
- Functional communication
- Skill development
- Increased Community and Social inclusion
Who can access Positive Behaviour Support?
PBS can be effective in working with individuals of all ages. However, focus is generally placed on children over the age of 7 years, adolescents, adults and their families.
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People of all ages are eligible to have this service.
You may either choose to have these sessions in-clinic or anywhere within the community (e.g., your home).
Laura has been working within the field of Specialist Behaviour Support for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science obtained at the University of Adelaide, as well as a Master in Education (Special Education) majoring in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Flinders University.
Laura’s main interests within the field include Functional Communication Training, development of Positive Behaviour Support plans and providing support within an educational setting. The best part about her role is getting to share in the wins (big and small) with families and seeing the positive outcomes Behaviour Support can provide.
Jonathon graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Adelaide University and progressed with the fourth year Honours sequence from Monash University. Working toward registration as a General Psychologist, Jonathon currently uses the Positive Behaviour framework and Cognitive Behavioural therapies to assist people from all walks of life and all age groups. With a real passion for research and personal development, Jonathon is always seeking out the most effective therapies.
Jonathon has worked across most aspects of community services including mental health, child protection, disability services and psychosocial support. He believes in patient-centred care, where all facets of an individuals recovery should be respected.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education and a Masters of Social Work through the Flinders University, SA. Catherine has extensive experience having worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including grief and loss counselling, mental health and as a Behavioral Specialist focusing on adults and children with a disability diagnosis and their families.
Catherine utilises cognitive behavioral, behavioral modification, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness in her work with her clients.
Catherine emphasizes an integrative, dynamic and holistic approach and remains passionate about disability rights, equality of access and opportunities for all individuals to reach their fullest potential.
Olga holds a Bachelor of Social Work through the University of South Australia and is a Certified Life Coach. With extensive experience working with a diverse range of people in non government and private sectors, she brings a wealth of expertise in behavior therapy.
Olga’s main interests within this field include the development of Positive Behaviour Support plans with an educational focus; while supporting both the individual and their families.
With her clients, Olga works within a holistic framework and incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, behaviour modification, and emotional regulation amongst others; in order for individuals to reach their full potential and in turn, bring about positive behavior.
Doinita has spent over a decade working with people of all ages across a range of fields in community services including disability services, mental health, child protection and refugee services.
Doinita brings a wealth of experience in providing therapeutic interventions to individuals with complex presentations, as well as providing training to families, carers and support staff.
Doinita is passionate about supporting people to make positive changes that improve their quality of life and to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
Davor is working towards his Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. He is dedicated to a coordinated approach in the provision of individual therapy for children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities and providing not only the individual but also their carers and families the care and support they deserve.
Davor aims to benefit individuals by helping them overcome difficulties and challenges. Davor strongly believes in the importance of Behavioural Support and applying the evidence-based approach to support individuals in reaching their full and most importantly reachable potential.
Elysia holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) obtained from the University of Adelaide. Elysia comes from a background of clinical research and has experience in administering developmental assessments, where she worked to identify individuals strengths, delays and areas for improvement.
Elysia is passionate about utilising scientific research to inform her practice, in order to ensure that the strategies implemented are evidence-based. Elysia considers a holistic approach to improving health and wellbeing in empowering individuals to reach their full potential.
Kerry has extensive experience in supporting people with severe barriers including anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, acquired brain injury and various disabilities, both physical and psychological.
Kerry is also experienced with the development of Positive Behaviour Support plans, providing training for support staff, liaising with participants/their families and stakeholders and providing therapeutic support programs for participants.
Kerry has an interest in working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of complex mental health, emotional, behavioural and relationship concerns. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
Chloe has been working with children, adolescents and adults across both community and disability sectors for the past 6 years. She is experienced in working with young people within the child protection system, as well as providing therapeutic interventions to individuals and families funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Chloe has experience working with individuals with a range of conditions and complex presentations, and is able to provide a range of psychological assessments and interventions. Chloe is also experienced with providing specialist behaviour support to those with complex behavioural presentations, as well as providing training and psychoeducation to families, carers and support staff to support implementation of behaviour management strategies.
Chloe is most passionate about supporting those most vulnerable in our community to make positive changes that improve their overall quality of life and to achieve their goals.