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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines contemporary evidence based positive behaviour support approaches. Strategies for aligning organisational policies and support with evidence based practice will be operationalised within a person centred framework. The skills of mentoring and leading a behaviour support team will be developed.

Unit content

  1. Key literature and legislation pertaining to positive behaviour support
  2. Knowing the person, building relationships and actioning interests and aspirations
  3. Environments, systems and strategies that facilitate opportunity, engagement, communication, choice, control and meaningful activity
  4. Functional assessment of behaviour: approaches and tools, and evidence based positive behaviour support practices to endorse least restrictive approaches
  5. Working with teams: multidisciplinary, families, networks of support
  6. Behaviour Support Planning: developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically appraise the contribution of the main theoretical constructs and legislation in influencing positive behaviour support Ethical practice
2 support staff in the development and maintenance of positive environments and relationships relevant to the person’s interests and interactional styles Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
3 construct a model that explains the functions of a person’s challenging behaviour and how those are maintained Ethical practice Cultural competence
4 provide leadership in initiating and collaborating to develop a behaviour support plan with a team Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 evaluate the implementation of a behaviour support plan to ensure best evidence based practice Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
6 critically appraise organisational policies and strategies to ensure least restrictive practices Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically appraise the contribution of the main theoretical constructs and legislation in influencing positive behaviour support
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. support staff in the development and maintenance of positive environments and relationships relevant to the person’s interests and interactional styles
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. construct a model that explains the functions of a person’s challenging behaviour and how those are maintained
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. provide leadership in initiating and collaborating to develop a behaviour support plan with a team
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. evaluate the implementation of a behaviour support plan to ensure best evidence based practice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. critically appraise organisational policies and strategies to ensure least restrictive practices
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.