positive behavior support

PBS Trainings

The PBS program provides free trainings to build the skills and capacity to better serve individuals with challenging behaviors and improve their quality of life. The PBS program is excited to announce the launching of self-paced web courses throughout 2023. Most of the PBS trainings will be offered virtually throughout the year. The MAPS and PATH 2 Day In Person training returns in the Spring at the South Office (Charleston area) and in August at the North Office (Morgantown). Adverse Childhood Experience is the newest addition to our training curriculum. There will be virtual and in person opportunities to attend this training in 2023. The PBS program also offers private agency trainings based on need and the availability of the PBS staff. If you are interested in attending a training or have any questions, please contact pbs@hsc.wvu.edu or 855-558-4692.

Upcoming Trainings

Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support (TIPBS)

October 17, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This free two-hour webinar provides participants with ideas on how to implement Positive Behavior Support techniques with people who have experienced trauma. Participants will learn about creating interventions by writing a trauma informed PBS plan for themselves. Discussion will be centered on different approaches to looking at behavior through a trauma-informed lens.

Learn More about Trauma Informed PBS

Anger Management for Youth

  • January 24, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • May 23, 2023
  • July 25, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • November 28, 2023

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

Register for Anger Management for Youth

PBS for Parents

The highly anticipated new self-paced Positive Behavior Support for Parents web course is now available!

This course can be done on any device, at your own pace from the convenience of your preferred location. The course takes approximately 1- 1.5 hours to complete, but work completed can be saved and returned to if more time is needed. This course is ideal for parents, foster parents, kinship caregivers, and childcare providers. Participants will receive an overview on positive behavior support and learn a positive approach to teaching replacement behaviors. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate.

Register for PBS for Parents Here

Once you have completed this step, you will be able to enroll in the PBS for Parents course.

If you need assistance with registration or have any questions about this course, please email us at pbs@hsc.wvu.edu or give us a call at 855-558-4296.

Trainings Calendar

Training Description Objectives 2023 Dates and Time
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs)

A three-part series OR 1 day in-person overview of ACEs and the impact it has on children and adults

4.5 Social Work CEUs Approved

Become familiar with the 10 types of ACES and the basic brain science behind it

Introduce ways to overcome ACES

Introduce steps individuals, families, schools, and providers can do to prevent ACES

Learn ways to teach resiliency

Understand variables related to resilience; protective factors; and safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments

Learn to identify some of the root causes of ACES

Identify best practices for preventing ACES

Identify what you and your organization can do to prevent ACES

  • February 21-23, 2023 10:00am-11:30am
  • June 20-22, 2023 10:00am-11:30am
  • September 12-12, 2023 10:00am-11:30am
  • November 14, 2023 10:00am-3:00pm *in-person CED-North Morgantown
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.

  • January 24, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • May 23, 2023
  • July 25, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • November 28, 2023
  • * All sessions 4:00pm-5:00pm
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.

2 Social Work CEUs Approved

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.

  • February 8, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • April 18, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • June 15, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
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 Approved

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

  • January 5, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • February 16, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • April 5, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • May 31, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • July 12, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • August 24, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • October 5, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • December 5, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
Implementing Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support

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

2 Social Work CEUs Approved

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.

  • March 8, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
  • June 6, 2023 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • October 17, 2023 10:00-12:00pm
  • December 12, 2023 10:00-12:00pm
  • TIPBS Self-Paced Web Course
Making Action Plans and Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope, 2 Day In-Person

This free two-day training will prepare participants to facilitate person-centered planning using MAPs (Making Action Plans) and PATHs (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) to help people create an action plan to help reach their dreams. Participants will have a chance to utilize this tool in class during hands on learning. We will also discuss the differences between system-centered and person-centered approaches and how to best increase adherence to the plan of action.

9 Social Work CEUs Approved

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

  • March 21-22, 2023 10:00am-4:00pm
    CED-South Office, Big Chimney
  • August 2-3, 2023 10:00am-4:00pm
    CED-North Office, Morgantown
Positive Behavior Support for Parents

Free, self-paced, web course for parents, caregivers, foster parents, etc.

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.


Quality of Life

A free, self-paced, web course that incorporates the 8 dimensions of wellness and finding internal motivators to help others improve their quality of life.

2 Social Work CEUs Approved

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

Coming soon

Trauma 101

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

Free, self-paced, web course

2 Social Work CEUs Approved

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.

Self-Paced Trauma 101 Web Course