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    Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum, 3rd Ed...

    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:
    1. The role of setting events
    2. The importance of meaningful and integrated day supports in conjunction with PBS best practices and recent changes in regulations and funding
    3. 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.


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    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

    Year : 2015
    Author : Dennis H. Reid, Marsha B. Parsons, and David A. Rotholz


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      Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum Trainee...

      The third edition of the Positive Behavior Support 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.

      Related Title
      See the Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum (3rd Edition)

      Year : 2015
      Author : Dennis H. Reid, Marsha B. Parsons, and David A. Rotholz


      • Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works ...

        In this book, the author describes “what doesn’t work” by outlining the ways in which individuals with intellectual disability may have been damaged by the “behavioral” approach to their day-to-day actions. She demonstrates what has been missed through this approach: Needs have not been met, individuals have been misdiagnosed, and trauma responses have been triggered through the exclusive use of behavioral controls, both positive and negative.

        The author then moves on to describe “what works.” She explores the topics of stabilization, prevention, intervention, and the “mental health plan.” She proposes a model of behavioral intervention that does not require the use of restraints or contingencies; instead it promotes safety and security and addresses the outstanding issues around trauma. Numerous case studies are discussed, but all the names and relevant details have been altered to protect individuals, staff, and agencies.

        The mental health plan template the author puts forward instructs and informs staff about how to support people who have experienced trauma, both on a small scale and on a large one. She provides examples of this approach with case studies and illustrates how the plans should be written to ensure optimal implementation.
        This book gives the professionals and paraprofessionals who have dedicated themselves to this field and to the welfare of individuals with intellectual disability a trauma-informed paradigm within which to support people with intellecual disability psychologically and to establish the critical elements needed for recovery. As the author states in her introduction, “when the individual recovers, behaviors change. When the individual recovers, happiness can begin.”  

        You may purchase the e-book version of Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions by clicking here
        Year : 2012
        Author : Karyn Harvey


        • Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works ...

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          Year : 2012
          Author : Karyn Harvey


          • Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans (Second edi...

            This AAIDD bestseller is a step-by-step, concise, and easy-to-read reference for school teams, providers, students, and parents to understand, design, and evaluate positive behavior support (PBS) plans for students with developmental disabilities.

            “This book should be required reading for every teacher, practitioner, and parent of children with and without disabilities. Few books parallel its comprehensiveness.” Lynn Koegel, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center/Director, Santa Barbara, California
            “This text is a gem because it addresses the concepts of Positive Behavior Support without compromising on scientific integrity or overloading the reader with obscure behavioral terms. I will definitely refer to this text in my staff development programs in the future.”
            Will Overfelt, Autism Outreach Services, Buncombe County Schools

            “A clear, engaging, and informative presentation on how to implement PBS effectively in schools, this state-of-the-art book reflects the very best there is in science-based practical  approaches for minimizing problem behavior and producing meaningful  quality of life. A handy resource that can be used on a daily basis by teachers and other professionals.” Edward Carr, PhD, Leading Professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York

            “The updated and expanded second edition of Designing Positive Behavior Support Plans can be used as an excellent resource for classroom and workshop instruction of positive behavior support plan development for parents, teachers, and undergraduates students.” Duke Schell, Director of Psychology, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

            “This book is small but powerful! Bambara and Knoster provide an easy-to-use manual that guides educational teams in understanding and applying the principles of Positive Behavior Support across school and community settings. I anticipate using the book for many years to come.” Martha E. Snell, PhD, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville


            -Provides a clear conceptual framework on PBS to think critically about how to approach a student’s problem behavior proactively
            -Includes detailed directions on using functional behavioral assessments to design individualized PBS plans for children with examples and completed forms
            -Clearly illustrates contents of comprehensive PBS including: a) prevention through antecedent and setting event modifications; b) teaching alternate skills; c) designing consequence interventions; and d) creating long-term supports
            -Includes an abridged version of the assessment process for students with less intensive problem behavior
            -Comes with a comprehensive case study, two sample support plans, a progress evaluation summary, and frequently asked questions

            By implementing these empirical strategies, professionals and parents can not only manage to reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors, but enhance the quality of life of a child with a developmental disability.

            What sets the book apart
            -Unique user-friendly format, with examples, tips, forms, and checklists that make it a handy reference for school teams, students, providers, and parents.
            -A best seller! Proven history of working well for professionals in developmental disability
            -Information and strategies laid out in the book facilitate the work of school personnel and contribute to a more respectful and caring environment
            -Written by two well-known experts in PBS—Linda M. Bambara andTimothy P. Knoster
            -Published by AAIDD, a leader in developmental disability information since 1876

            New to the second edition
            -Twice the subject matter of first edition reflecting updates to PBS over past decade
            -Discussion on School Wide Positive Behavior Support and guiding principles in creating effective support plans
            -New sections on collaboration and teaming—why it is important, ways to organize school teams, and considerations for person-centered plans
            -List of tools for conducting functional assessments and how to select them
            -New chapter on implementing support plans successfully
            -An updated comprehensive resource bibliography and research-based references

            Year : 2009
            Author : Linda M. Bambara and Timothy P. Knoster