New Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, Flinders University Semester 1 2020

The DEAI congratulates Dr Alinka Fisher and Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University for the development and creation of the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, to commence Semester 1 2020.

The grad cert will consist of four topics, including:

  • Introduction to Disability Theory and Professional Practice
  • PBS: Assessment and Functional Analysis
  • PBS: Implementation
  • PBS: Practicum and Mentoring Program

This Grad Cert has been developed in response to the need for capable PBS practitioners who can not only develop and implement PBS, but also provide leadership to interdisciplinary teams (including individuals with disabilities and their families). This is reflected in topics around mentoring, leadership, reflective practice and evaluation processes.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • critically appraise and apply skills to enact evidence-based practice in partnership with individuals with complex behaviour support needs and key stakeholders.
  • determine appropriate indirect and direct assessment methods to determine factors influencing the occurrence of behaviours of concern.
  • compile and critically interpret assessment data to explain operant behaviours using the four-term contingency model.
  • formulate and test data-based hypotheses to determine the function of behaviours of concern for individuals with complex support needs.
  • develop and compose individualized behavior support plans that reflect formulations based on the four-term contingency, and that use professional language that is accessible to key stakeholders.

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