Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Developing Positive Approaches to Supporting People whose Behaviour is Described as Challenging
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

This award is applicable to practitioners working in health and social care wishing to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of working with behaviours that challenge and positive behavioural support in a variety of practice-based settings.

This programme develops contemporary issues in health and social care affecting people whose behaviour is described as challenging, enabling you to develop skills and adopt positive proactive approaches when interacting with, and helping people whose behaviour is described as challenging. This award provides you with essential knowledge when using functional assessment and positive behaviour support in practice.

You gain knowledge of evidence-based interventions, enabling you to use a positive behaviour support model. You explore and develop an appreciation of the underpinning values, attitudes and beliefs for staff supporting those whose behaviour is described as challenging.


Course details

What you study

This course provide you with a framework of functional assessment and therapeutic interventions which may be used to underpin contemporary practice when working with people whose behaviour is described as challenging. It enables you to examine the ways that values, attitudes and beliefs of those in the workforce influence the service culture and service user behaviour.

How you learn

We use keynote lectures – and learning is consolidated through group learning strategies such as seminars. We also use experiential methods such as service user involvement, case studies, scenarios and critical incident analyses and include examples from your own practice. Workshops and seminars using real-life scenarios and case studies allow you to adopt a problem-solving approach. We emphasise reflective practice throughout in the context of a range of settings to encourage the integration of theory and practice.

We promote e-learning through the use of e-learning@tees which provides the opportunity for consolidating learning and studying an area in greater depth. Tutorial support is on an individual and group basis.

How you are assessed

The summative assessment is a two-hour unseen written examination which you are allowed to prepare for (100%).

You take the exam in week 28.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Relevant experience.



Work placement

As an applicant you are required to work in an area where you are required to support people whose behaviour is described as challenging.



2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 28 weeks
  • Credits: 30, Level: diploma
  • Enrolment date: January and September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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