Training - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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The Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support offers staff development courses for a range of professionals working within the disability sector. The courses are specifically designed to support people working with those who have intellectual disabilities and complex support needs. In addition to Functional Behaviour Assessment and Positive Behaviour Interventions, courses are available for new staff and clinicians at induction, experienced practitioners, staff working in forensic disability services, and those seeking ongoing professional development. The courses are usually provided free of charge and are open to both government and non-government organisations. 

Online Induction to Positive Behaviour Support

The Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support has developed an online Positive Behaviour Support course that has been designed for staff new to Disability Services. This course may also be helpful for parents wishing to learn more about Positive Behaviour Support.

This course is designed to be part of an Induction for people new to the area of intellectual disabilities, challenging behaviour and positive behaviour support. The course is entirely online. You may read through this course and do the activities as often as you want to.

Objectives of the Course:

  • To ensure all people with intellectual disabilities receive positive and appropriate support
  • To be able to identify what is (and what isn't) challenging behaviour
  • To understand that challenging behaviour is predictable and meaningful to the person who uses it
  • To understand the reasons why challenging behaviour occurs
  • To be able to describe the expected response to challenging behaviour

This is a fully online course designed to introduce the concepts of Positive Behaviour Support.

You need to log-on to see the course. The course is free. When you log on, we will store some basic information, so that we can see how many people are taking the course and completing it, and where they are from

Find out about the Positive Behaviour Support course and how to register.

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Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Interventions - 4 Days

This four day course is designed for those staff wishing to learn introductory positive behaviour support skills. Tools and approaches to conducting a functional behaviour assessment, formulating functional hypotheses and developing behaviour support plans are addressed.

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Evaluating the Quality of Positive Behaviour Support Plans (BSPQEII) - 1 Day

This one day course is designed to teach skilled positive behaviour support practitioners who wish to assess Positive Behaviour Support Plans using the Behaviour Support Plan Quality Evaluation Scoring Guide version II (BSPQEII). The participants will be guided through a full review of the core components of the Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Intervention training course in addition to theory on reinforcement and crisis management. The Behaviour Support Plan Quality Evaluation Tool will be reviewed comprehensively by domain and the participants will be required to score a range of plans using the tool. The final session allows for a moderated session on scoring of plans and interrater reliability.

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Teaching Skills to People with an Intellectual Disability - 1 Day

In this introductory workshop participants will learn basic approaches required to effectively teach new skills to people with an intellectual disability. The focus will be upon increasing the person’s behavioural repertoire; however general skills teaching (e.g. activities of daily living) will also be presented. Topics included are task analysis, prompting, fading of prompts and reinforcement strategies.

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Key Concenpts:Communication with Sign - An approach to supporting people with Complex Communication Needs - 1 Day

Key concept or word signing is a common strategy that is used to support people with Complex Communication Needs (CCN). In this workshop participants will learn about the features and benefits of the approach, how to individualise the approach for different people’s communication needs and also have the opportunity to learn and practice a number of signs. This workshop has both theoretical and practical components.

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Writing for Purpose (Mental Health Court report writing) - 2 Days

This workshop will firstly explore the constitution of the Mental Health Court and key forensic concepts including Unsoundness; Fitness to Plea; Forensic Orders; Limited Community Treatment and Non-Contact Orders. This workshop will explain the amendments to the Mental Health Act (2000) and new Forensic Disability Act (2011), and how within this context DCCSDS clinicians play a critical role in providing expert information, opinion and recommendations, to the Mental Health Court. The second half of the workshop will focus heavily on understanding the process of writing for the MHC, the criticality of timeframes, and how to provide clinical and evidence-based practice within a written forensic context. Finally, the participants will have an opportunity to critically analyse some sample MHC reports to consolidate and demonstrate their learning’s.

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Contact information

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Please note this training schedule can be subject to change due to participant demand. Most training sessions will have limitations in participant numbers due to venue restrictions.

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