Who should attend CBF workshops?
CBF workshops are designed for family carers or professionals/support staff caring for children or adults who have severe learning disabilities. The workshops are also suitable for those caring for children or adults with severe learning disabilities and autism, but would not be relevant for those caring for someone with Aspergers/Autism who have good communication skills.
Note: The CBF workshops aim for a holistic partnership approach to behaviour support, so for the maximum impact we recommend that everyone involved in providing care to a specific child or adult attend the workshops – i.e. family carers, support staff, teachers, teaching assistants and learning support staff, health workers, short break staff, etc. Please contact the CBF to discuss.
How many people can attend a workshop?
Ideally 15 – 25 people for each workshop (maximum 40).
Note: for organisations offering workshops to both staff and families, please bear in mind that the maximum number of participants for the joint workshop (Supporting Behaviour Change for families and professionals together) is 40, therefore a maximum of 20 family carers and 20 professionals should be invited to attend.
How long does each workshop last?
Understanding Challenging Behaviour: 4 hours including breaks
Supporting Behaviour Change: 4.5 hours including breaks
Communication and Behaviour: 4 hours including breaks
For workshops with family carers we recommend 10.00/10.30 am to 2.30 pm with a break for lunch.
A workshop for professionals only could be run in the morning or the afternoon without a lunchbreak: this would take 3.5/4 hours.
How much do the workshops cost?
Each workshop costs £1500 which includes two trainers, trainer travel and accommodation, course materials and certificates. For 30 participants this works out at just £100 per person for both workshops (Part 1 & Part 2).
Reduced rates may be available - please contact us for details.
If we want to book a workshop what do we need to provide?
You will need to be able to invite all of the participants and liaise with them before and after the workshop. You will also need to provide a suitable room with tables and chairs for up to 40 participants with suitable access. We also ask you to provide refreshments and ideally also lunch or you could ask your participants to bring their own with them. A screen and projector, flip chart and pens will also be needed.
I care for someone with autism whose behaviour is challenging – can I attend?
The workshops have been developed for family carers and professionals caring for individuals with autism where they also have a diagnosis of moderate or severe learning disabilities. If you are supporting someone with Aspergers or autism and mild learning disabilities you will not find the workshops relevant to your needs.
I’ve already attended training in challenging behaviour before. Can I attend the second workshop (‘part two’) only?
It is important that all participants attend both workshop 1 and workshop 2 so that at the ‘part 2’ workshop everyone is using the same language and working from the same starting point.
Note: It may be possible to condense ‘workshop 1’ into a shorter time if all potential participants have previously received training – please contact the Challenging Behaviour Foundation to discuss your particular requirements.
I couldn’t get to the first workshop – can I still attend the ‘part 2’ workshop?
It is important that all participants attend ‘part 1’ before attending ‘part 2’ so that at the ‘part 2’ workshop everyone is using the same language and working from the same starting point.
Why is there a gap between the two workshops?
We recommend allowing approximately one month between workshop 1 and workshop 2 to allow participants opportunity to practice recording episodes of challenging behaviour and identifying possible reasons for the behaviour prior to developing positive behaviour support strategies
Can other family members attend the workshops?
Yes, we welcome mums and dads, grandparents, older siblings - anyone who is involved in the day to day life of the person with behaviour described as challenging.
Can I bring my child to the workshop?
The workshops are not suitable for children to attend. If you need help with replacement care costs in order to attend the workshoips, please contact the CBF to discuss this.
Some of the families who would like to attend workshops will need a translator. Who should provide this?
The host organisation will need to provide translators where needed, and should inform the CBF so that we can allow additional time in the workshops.