Positive Behaviour Support: A Conversation with Dr. Pat Mirenda

CLBC has a policy about “Behaviour Support and Safety Planning” that outlines requirements for service providers who support individuals with challenging behaviours in CLBC funded services. It reflects a positive approach to behaviour supports for adults and emphasizes the importance of recognizing and understanding behaviours as a form of communication. The policy clarifies that a ‘Safety Plan’ is required whenever a restrictive practice, such as the use of restraints, is being considered. The policy is accompanied by the “Behaviour Support and Safety Planning: A Guide for Service Providers” that provides more detail and best practice guidance on the expectations outlined in the policy.

The behaviour support and safety planning approach builds on successful person-centred practices in BC, and establishes CLBC and our contracted service providers as leaders in supporting people with developmental disabilities. This approach advances the evolution of community living supports in terms of values and the rights of the people being supported.

To learn more, please watch the following series of videos, “Positive Behaviour Support: A Conversation with Dr. Pat Mirenda”. Dr. Mirenda is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia.

1.) Part 1: What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)? (11:00)

2.) Part 2: Positive Behaviour Support : Predictability and Choice (3:30)

3.) Part 3: Positive Behaviour Support : Addressing Communication Needs (3:00)

4.) Part 4: Positive Behaviour Support : The Importance of Teaching New Skills (3:20)

5.) Part 5: Positive Behaviour Support : The Importance of Living an Inclusive Life (8:00)

6.) Part 6: Positive Behaviour Support : Building Organizational and Staff Capacity (9:00)

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