Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) webinar series


The PBS Community of Practice are delighted to announce a series of webinar events! 

Webinar 2: 'Trauma-Informed PBS' 

The PBS Community of Practice for Scotland invite you to their second webinar ‘Trauma-Informed PBS’.

PBS is based on the belief that the best behavioural support for people with learning disabilities must embrace learning and theory from other approaches. As PBS practitioners, we are committed to learning from other person-centred and values-based approaches, and to integrating these within a PBS-focused approach.

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness of the important role that trauma-informed care can play within a PBS framework. We know that people with learning disabilities are at increased risk of being exposed to traumatic experiences, including the use of abusive and aversive practices, the use of physical restraint and seclusion, and the separation from family, friends and community.

We believe that is therefore very necessary and timely to be providing this webinar, which brings together experts in the field of trauma-informed PBS, as well as a focus on the lived experience of a family carer of a young woman with learning disabilities who has experienced trauma.

Webinar Details

Date: Tuesday 18th August 2020

Time: 10.00am – 11.30am


Hosted by: Dr Anne MacDonald, Chair of the PBS CoP Steering Group

Chaired by: Dr Brodie Paterson, Clinical Director, CALM Training

Live Speakers

Mandy Mitchelmore is a family carer. Mandy will speak about the trauma her daughter experienced in relation to the use of restrictive practices, and the positive impact that PBS has had on her life.

Dr Cathy Harding is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and member of the ‘All Wales Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice’. Cathy will speak about trauma and attachment, and the impact on behaviour.

Dr Keith Bowden is Head of Programme for Psychology Specialist Practice at NHS Education for Scotland. Keith will speak about the integration of trauma-informed approaches within a PBS framework.

To Register

You can register here.

Positive Behaviour Support

  • Is a person-centred framework for providing support to people with learning disabilities, including those with additional support needs such as autism, or those with behavioural challenges.
  • Has an overall aim is to improve quality of life, and to provide the right support at the right time, so that people can thrive, be happy, and fulfil their potential.
  • Supports human rights and promotes a life without unnecessary restriction.
  • Means treating people equally and working in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their families.

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar will be of interest to those supporting people with learning disabilities in Scotland, particularly those with an interest in trauma-informed approaches. This includes those who work within health, social care, education, and social work in Scotland, for example:

  • Social care provider organisations, including senior managers, managers, support staff, behaviour advisors etc.
  • Social work professionals including commissioners.
  • Education providers, including educational psychologists, teachers and support staff
  • Health care professionals including, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, learning disability nurses, allied health professionals, and health visitors.
  • Early learning childcare.
  • Family carers and people with lived experience.


Join the PBS Community of Practice

This webinar will offer you the opportunity to join the PBS Community of Practice for Scotland. We hope that many of you will become active members and make a commitment to the promotion and implementation of PBS throughout Scotland. During this and future events and webinars, we will explore different ways in which members can contribute.

Watch the recording of the Introductory webinar here and find out more about PBS.

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