positive behavior support

PBS Trainings

Upcoming Trainings

De-escalation Techniques for First Responders

May 26, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This free two-hour interactive online training explores ways to recognize and manage one’s own stress as well as ways to de-escalate a crisis. Participants can expect to learn how to recognize compassion fatigue and burnout. This training is targeted to first responders; it is also beneficial for professionals, like those working with children affected by the opioid crisis in WV, who assist individuals with behavioral issues.

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Creating Interventions Workshop

June 2, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This free webinar discuss’ aspects of translating functional behavior assessment information into positive behavioral support interventions. Participants will share skills in a solution circle format for the last half of the training to learn from each other and encourage application of the knowledge learned. This training is geared for professionals to enhance their skills.

The training will be 2 hours - The first hour will be instructional, the second hour will be utilizing applied knowledge on colleague cases.

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Trauma 101

June 8, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This free two-hour online training explores the effects of trauma, different types of trauma, and how to provide trauma-informed care. Participants can expect to learn how trauma affects the brain, how to assess for trauma, and ways to build resiliency. This training is beneficial for professionals assisting people who have experienced severe traumas and especially helpful for those working with children affected by the opioid crisis in WV.

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Anger Management for Youth

  • May 12: 1p-2pm
  • June 14: 3p-4pm
  • July 12: 10a-11am
  • Aug 16: 3:30p-4:30pm
  • Sept 27: noon-1pm
  • Oct 17: 3p-4pm
  • Nov 10: 10a-11am
  • Dec 12: 3:30p-4:30pm

Learn More information about the Anger Management for Youth (PDF)

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PBS for Parents

Free - Please use the link below

An overview of positive behavior support philosophies, including ways to encourage good behavior. https://sole.hsc.wvu.edu//Public/SelfEnroll/5430


PBS provides trainings to build the skills and capacity to better serve individuals with challenging behaviors and improve their quality of life.

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Please find the table below for information on all of our upcoming trainings for the year.

Training Description Objectives 2022 Dates and Time
Creating Interventions Workshop

Discuss aspects of translating functional behavior assessment information into positive behavioral support interventions. Participants will share skills in a solution circle format for the last half of the training to learn from each other and encourage application of the knowledge learned.

1 Social Work CEU

Review behavior assessment forms to establish purpose of challenging behavior.

Utilize a hypothesis statement to create example Quality of Life, proactive, reactive, and replacement behavior interventions.

Identify best practices and appropriate uses for visual strategies.

Identify four types of sentences contained in social stories.

  • Feb 24, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Apr 21, 2022: 1p-3p
  • June 2, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Aug 2, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Oct 4, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Dec 6, 2022: 2p-4p
Anger Management for Youth

A free, interactive training for youth to learn strategies to identify and cope with their anger in healthier ways and be the bigger person. No CEUs are available for this training as it is geared toward youth. A certificate of completion will be available.

Identify what it feels like to be angry

Discuss stress reduction tactics

Practice relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation

Please contact us at pbs@hsc.wvu.edu for registration information.

  • Jan 12, 2022: noon-1p
  • Feb 3, 2022: 3:30p-4:30p
  • March 8, 2022: 3:30p-4:30p
  • April 12, 2022: 10a-11a
  • May 12, 2022: 1p-2p
  • June 14, 2022: 3p-4p
  • July 12, 2022: 10a-11a
  • Aug 16, 2022: 3:30p-4:30p
  • Sept 27, 2022: noon-1p
  • Oct 17, 2022: 3p-4p
  • Nov 10, 2022: 10a-11a
  • Dec 12, 2022: 3:30p-4:30p
Implementing Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support (Trauma Informed PBS)

Participants will learn about how to create interventions by writing a trauma informed PBS plan for themselves.

2 Social Work CEUs

Recognize the impact of trauma on emotional and behavioral functioning and survival mechanisms.

List ways to implement trauma informed positive behavior support.

Identify how to create a functionally equivalent replacement behavior.

List ways to improve quality of life.

Develop ways to create individualized positive behavior support interventions.

  • Jan 20, 2022: 1p-3p
  • Mar 15, 2022: 10a-noon
  • May 17, 2022: 2p-4p
  • July 20, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Sept 8, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Nov 15, 2022: 10a-noon
Trauma 101

An overview of trauma and how it affects the brain, our survival reactions and how to build resiliency.

2 Social Work CEUs

Identify sources of potential trauma and complex trauma for individuals served by child serving systems.

Recognize the impact of trauma on emotional and behavioral functioning

Describe principles of trauma-informed systems.

List ways to provide trauma informed care.

  • Feb 9, 2022: 10a-noon
  • April 7, 2022: 2p-4p
  • June 8, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Aug 10, 2022: 1p-3p
  • Oct 12, 2022: 10-noon
  • Dec 15, 2022: 2p-4p
De-Escalation Techniques for First Responders

A discussion on how to interact with someone when they are angry to help de-escalate them.

2 Social Work CEUs

Differentiate between compassion fatigue and being burned-out.

Discuss how stress and anger impacts us and the negative consequences.

Examine the S.T.E.P program.

Recognize a power struggle and ways to avoid it.

Understand the risks of restraints

List positive reactive strategies

Identify ways to effectively de-escalate a situation

  • Jan 26, 2022: 2p-4p
  • March 29, 2022: 1p-3p
  • April 13, 2022: 10a-noon
  • May 26, 2022: 2p-4p
  • July 28, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Sept 22, 2022: 1p-3p
  • Oct 26, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Nov 29, 2022: 1p-3p
Increasing Quality of Life

An interactive training incorporating the 8 dimensions of wellness and finding internal motivators to help others improve their quality of life.

2 Social Work CEUs

Define the quantitative versus qualitative measures to assess quality of life

Examine different aspects that contribute to someone’s overall quality of life

Give examples of quality of life interventions

  • Jan 6, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Mar 2, 2022: 10a-noon
  • May 3, 2022: 1p-3p
  • July 7, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Sept 1, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Nov 1, 2022: 10a-noon
MAPs (Making Action Plans) Webinar

A course on facilitating person-centered planning tools to help people create an action plan to help reach their dreams. The MAP process along with other specific tools will be discussed.

2 Social Work CEUs

Explain at least three of the values on which person-centered planning is based.

Identify the steps involved in each of the person-centered planning tools: Circle of Support, MAP, and PATH.

Utilize person-centered planning techniques to involve individuals in planning for services and integration into community settings.

Provide instruction and techniques to empower individuals and their teams in developing goals, identifying needs, and generating action plans.

  • Feb 15, 2022: 10a-noon
  • March 24, 2022: 2p-4p
  • April 26, 2022: 10a-noon
  • May 23, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Aug 25, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Sept 13, 2022: 2p-4p
  • Oct 20, 2022: 10a-noon
  • Dec. 20, 2022: 1p-3p
PBS for Parents – self paced free training

Understand general philosophies of Positive Behavior Support.

Find ways to teach replacement behaviors, in a strength-based way, to serve the same need as the problem behavior.

Discuss ways to reinforce and promote good behavior.

1 -1.5 hours

WVU SOLE Online Learning Platform

https://sole.hsc.wvu.edu//Public/SelfEnroll/5430