The 3rd edition of the Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum (PBSTC) teaches direct support staff and supervisors the principles of positive behavior support to use in interacting with people with intellectual disability. This curriculum, originally published in 2004, has been successfully implemented by service providers and agencies across the country and abroad.
Positive behavior support strategies are known to work in dealing with challenging behavior and the PBSTC contains strategies that create a respectful client-staff environment. The PBSTC contains 25 training modules, 9 of which are designed for supervisors only. Each module addresses a key set of skills in positive behavior support, and the supervisors' modules also train supervisors to be effective managers. Each module consists of a Module Summary Sheet, Presentation Outline, Activity Sheets for trainee use during training, and Skills Checks to use to ensure trainees demonstrate mastery of the content.
Because the curriculum is competency-based, trainees are required to demonstrate mastery of the skills acquired after the completion of each module, with the help of quizzes, role plays, and other activities. In addition, following the classroom training, approximately 45 minutes is required with each trainee in the his or her routine work setting in order for the trainer to assess on-the-job mastery of the skills.
Customized train-the-trainer and direct support staff training workshops are available from Author Dennis H. Reid.
How the Third Edition of PBSTC Differs From Previous Editions
- Curriculum has been updated to clarify key points in understanding and implementing positive behavior supports.
- New content has been added to reflect recent research and changes in currently accepted positive behavior support practice. These changes are reflected largely in 3 new modules:
- The role of setting events
- The importance of meaningful and integrated day supports in conjunction with PBS best practices and recent changes in regulations and funding
- The application of naturalistic teaching to typical community environments
- Several modules in earlier editions have been deleted, reduced in length, and/or combined with other modules: the module on shaping and chaining was deleted on the basis of feedback on training; and the two previous modules on problem solving were combined into one.
- Most modules have been refined and/or updated based on training feedback, including simplifying instructions to trainers and clarifying specific content points. References and examples were also updated, with up-to-date technology references and more emphasis on cultural diversity.
- Supervisor and direct support editions are included in one efficient curriculum.
- Contains a wide selection of activities to facilitate working with people with varying degrees of intellectual disability.
- Simple trainee activities make learning easier for staff.
- The curriculum can be taught in only two-and-a-half days of classroom. training for direct support staff and three-and-a-half days for supervisors.
- The loose-leaf curriculum is provided in an easy-to-use box, along with one copy of the Trainee Resource Guide and a CD of the PowerPoint slides.
The PBSTC Continues to Deliver
- A tested, stable, and successful source of positive behavior support strategies to reduce challenging behavior.
- Performance and competency-based curriculum requiring in-class activities, role plays, and on-the-job demonstration of skills.
- Training of supervisors on managerial duties, including staff observations, performance analysis, and evaluating PBS plans.
- “Right out of the box” trainer curriculum that comes with activity sheets, skills checks, and PowerPoint slides.
- Extensive student and teacher interaction with enjoyable team activities.
- A proven way to build a culture of respect for people with intellectual disability.
What You Receive When You Buy the Curriculum
With the third edition of PBSTC, you will get the loose-leaf curriculum in a durable, easy-to-use box, which also includes a CD of the PowerPoint slides and one copy of the Trainee Resource Guide.
Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum Trainee Resource Guide (3rd Edition)
The Trainee Resource Guide summarizes 25 modules taught in the Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum. Meant for trainee note-taking and reference, it is available separately so that a copy for each trainee can be purchased.
Praise for the Curriculum
“The PBSTC is an excellent training tool. The Curriculum includes the acquisition and mastery of trainee performance skills that are essential to practicing PBS in work settings.”
Carolyn Greene, School Administrator, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, North Carolina
"The PBSTC Curriculum provides a wonderful base of understanding for staff with no previous training or experience and enhances the skills of well-seasoned staff. The Curriculum is very well designed and is both teacher and student friendly. It is a succint program that allows ample student interaction and participation."
Donna Boyd, Tri-Developmental Center of Aiken County, South Carolina
“We are using the PBSTC as part of our pre-service training program and eventually all of our 600 employees will be trained with this Curriculum. The benefit to clients is the creation of a culture within our organization that treats people as individuals while setting a more supportive and caring environment. I have recommended without hesitation the PBSTC to my colleagues who espouse a PBS philosophy as well as those who are grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis.”
Michael F. Dorsey, Professor of Education, Director - The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College