Positive Approaches to Challenging Events (PACE) Workshop

Interdisciplinary training 26th January rescheduled from December

Venue Online
Price 15.00
Event Date 26 Jan 2022
Time 08.45am - 16.30pm

This Positive Approaches to Challenging Events (PACE) Workshop is developed and delivered by Senior Clinical Neuropsychologists working on the Brain Injury Programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire. Initially this programme was developed as an in-house training for interdisciplinary teams working with patients with brain injury, in collaboration with the NRH Behaviour Consultancy Forum.

More recently, in line with the AON Voluntary Hospitals Challenging Behaviour Framework, a general PACE level 1 online introductory workshop was developed, and will shortly be made available as part of the HSEland suite of training.

The workshop to be delivered here is a more intensive workshop targeting the use of positive behaviour support approaches for the management of more complex and severe presentations of behaviours that challenge, of the kind frequently encountered by rehabilitation therapists in a range of service settings, from acute and post-acute through to community and primary care services.

This is an interdisciplinary event with Physiotherapists and Speech & Language Therapists. 

About the course:

This Positive Approaches to Challenging Events (PACE) workshop aims to develop the skills and knowledge of therapists working with service users with acquired brain injury in the understanding and application of positive behaviour support approaches for the management of behaviours that challenge.

The course covers three main elements:
1. Service Context and Theoretical Underpinnings of Positive Behaviour Support
2. Practical Positive Behaviour Support Approaches and Techniques
3. Practitioner Self-care

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Have an understanding of the possible causes of behaviours that challenge following acquired brain injury
  • Be able to describe the possible functions of behaviours that challenge – all behaviour serves a purpose: why is it happening and what does it tell us?
  • Understand the implications of behaviours that challenge for the service user – goal-setting and attainment, therapeutic engagement, rehabilitation outcome, ability to return to home, community reintegration, social and emotional functioning
  • Have an understanding of the positive behaviour support approach – what this approach entails, how it aligns with person-centred care and a human-rights based approach to health-service delivery, its focus on prevention, the evidence-base for how it benefits the service user with ABI and their support persons, and how it enables effective integrated care by improving care, improving health, and reducing costs
  • Have an understanding of how positive behaviour support for the management of behavioural challenges is often an interagency endeavour, and can involve working with staff from other services/agencies within their rehabilitation network, particularly as neurorehabilitation is reconfigured under Slaintcare and with the implementation of the neurorehabilitation strategy
  • Have an understanding of how to translate theory into practice – assessment, case formulation, and implementation of a selection of both preventative and reactive strategies for the management of behaviours that challenge
  • Be proficient in key aspects of functional assessment (e.g., completion of ABC charts), and understand the purpose of data collection in developing tailored interventions and measuring outcome
  • Be able to appropriately select and use a range of verbal and non-verbal strategies to prevent or respond to behaviours that challenge in a flexible, person-centred way
  • Be able to identify opportunities for managing and adapting the service user’s environment (home, community, clinical) to effectively manage behavioural challenges, particularly with a view to supporting service users with severe ABI, complex needs, and/or comorbidities
  • Have an understanding of how working with behaviour that challenges impacts them on a professional and personal level
  • Have an understanding of how supervision and organisational staff support mechanisms may help individual therapists and teams working with behaviours that challenge
  • Have an understanding of how organisational policies can support therapists in their work with service users and families/carers
  • Be able to identify and implement helpful strategies for managing stress that might arise in working with behaviours that challenge


Application and Payment information:
  • Payment in full is taken at the time of application.
  • Payment of the fee does not guarantee you a place at this event.
  • Full payment must be received prior to the closing date in order to secure your place.
  • If the event is oversubscribed you will be provided with a full refund.
  • Successful applicants will be notified that they have a place at the event following the closing date.
  • Places are limited and members are advised to apply early to secure a place.
  • Please note: notifications will be sent to the email address entered on this application form. Please make sure to enter correctly the email address you wish to use for communication about this event.

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