Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors


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 Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans, 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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One Day Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support: PBS101 - 1 day

This course provides participants with an introduction and general understanding of the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework and, is a prerequisite for our 5 day course Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans.

Participants will gain insight into PBS, specifically the definitions, the history and its aims.  Participants will explore the process of a functional behaviour assessment and how the proactive and preventative strategies should lik to the functional behaviour assessment.  Participants will be provided with information on PBS plan implementation and brief information on restrictive proactices and their use in Queensland.

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Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans - 5 Days over 8 to 9 weeks

This five day course is for people wishing to learn how to complete a functional behaviour assessment and develop a positive behaviour support plan.  As positive behaviour support requires system-wide implementation, the Centre encourages support teams with their team leader to attend together. This course is recommended for any persons involved in developing and/or implementing positive behaviour support plans. Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans has two prerequisite courses - Online Induction to Positive Behaviour Support and PBS101 (see 2 courses above).  Evidence of successful completion of the two prerequisite courses (or registration in PBS101 prior to commencement of Writing PBS Plans is required prior to registration in this course).

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

This one day course is designed to teach positive behaviour support practitioners who wish to assess the quality of positive behaviour support plans. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans (or similar formal training - contact the Practice Leadership Team to discuss).  Participants will be guided through the Behaviour Support Plan Quality Evaluation Tool version II (BSPQEII) after review of Positive Behaviour Support.  Participants will have the opportunity to score sample positive behaviour support plans and conduct inter-rater reliability.  This course is a recommended minimum requirement for any persons involved in assessing and reviewing positive behaviour support plans.

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Teaching Skills to People with an Intellectual Disability - 1 Day

This one-day introductory course is for people interested in developing the skills of individuals with intellectual disability. This course aligns well with the essential skills development component of the Centre's Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans course.  Skill development theory and skills covered in this course includes identifying key steps in teaching a skill, writing skill objectives and task analyses, understanding cues, prompts and reinforcement and creating a skill development plan.

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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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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 and course structure.

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