Unique Positive Behavioural Support course starting in September 2016

Bangor University is launching its Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) postgraduate program this September, making it the first of its kind in the UK.

The course is closely related to the Schools MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and will centre on how PBS can help people in a particular practice settings e.g. adults with intellectual disabilities. PBS aims to improve a person’s quality of life by analysing behaviour in the social, physical and broader context in which it occurs. Applied behaviour analysis is used in a broad range of clinical settings, such as early intervention for autism, responding to challenging behaviour and classroom management.

Bangor University was the first in Europe to run a BACB accredited ABA course when it started in 2003 and there are now 19 such courses across 12 European states. The Bangor program is now the largest in Europe and benefits from the expertise and experiences of the most diverse grouping of Board Certified Behaviour Analysts in any European centre or University.

The growing trend in ABA towards Positive Behavioural Support techniques can be seen in the 2015 NICE guidelines for health and social care that recommend Positive Behavioural Interventions as the treatment of choice in service settings that ‘care for those with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges’. Bangor graduates from the newly validated Positive Behavioural Support MSc will be at the forefront of that improvement in clinical provision.

More details on the course can be found here.

Publication date: 30 June 2016