On Campus
1 x 3-hour workshop fortnightly
1 x 100-hour field placement per semester

Distance Online
1 x 3-hour online tutorial fortnightly
1 x 100-hour field placement per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into GCPBS-Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support
1a Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
2 2 of DSRS8131, DSRS9057
3 ^ DSRS8130 - Positive Behaviour Support: Implementation
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and 2 and 3)
Assumed knowledge
Clear verbal and written communication skills in individual and group settings. Ability to use online databases to find evidence-based resources. Critical thinking in problem solving and applying new knowledge to case examples. Basic knowledge regarding person-centred practice.
Field placement, Agency evaluation, Online and workshop activities, Oral presentation, Report
Topic description

This topic provides students with the opportunity to formulate, develop and implement Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans for individuals living with disabilities. Students will apply theoretical knowledge in the field under the supervision of experienced staff and mentors. Students will conduct a functional assessment and analysis, develop a data-based PBS plan, and guide key stakeholders in the implementation of recommended strategies. Theory and practices will be closely linked, allowing students to further develop PBS competencies through practice-based learning.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Enable students to critically appraise and apply Positive Behaviour Support theory in practice, including the formulation, development and implementation of Positive Behaviour Support plans
  • Prepare students for leadership positions in supporting interdisciplinary teams in a positive behaviour support context
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Conduct, compile, and critically interpret individualised assessment data to explain operant behaviours using the four-term contingency model, and test the resulting hypothesis statement
  2. Develop data-based individualised behaviour support plans that use professional language that is accessible to key stakeholders
  3. Guide and support interdisciplinary teams in implementing positive behaviour support and monitoring outcomes
  4. Monitor and critically evaluate behaviour support plans to guide reflective practices and provide recommendations for improvement