positive behavior support

Spring 2021 - Building Resiliency Make Yourself Shine in a Trying Time!

Download a PDF of the Spring 2021 Support Report

Resiliency is learning to dance in the rain. It is all about thriving instead of merely surviving in a difficult circumstance.

The shared trauma of the pandemic is having its toll on society. Everyone needs to practice resiliency building. The more we do it the more children will be able to model and we will know how to give them opportunities to build their resiliency. The effects of adverse childhood experiences can be lessened by increasing a child’s positive childhood experiences. We need to ensure we are in a good place to do so and can fully help them.

Ways to build your resilience:

  • Connect to others: Make at least one friend phone call / text a day; have a family game night
  • Serve others: Volunteer at a local food bank; donate items; compliment strangers
  • Get outside: Visit a park; plant a garden
  • Fun exercise: Yoga, walk or hike; swim; ride a bike; dance; sports
  • Self esteem: List your strengths; post empowering quotes and read them daily
  • Self-care: Get plenty of sleep; eat your vegetables; start new beauty routines
  • Set goals: What do you want to happen tomorrow, in a week and next month?
  • Creativity: Write a story, make a fairy garden; draw or paint; play a musical instrument
  • Optimism: Plan a trip; create a vision board; say specific good things will happen
a cartoon lady with the thoughts: I learn from my mistakes and
everyone makes mistakes That
is how we learn and grow! I will do my best
today and get closer
to my goals! I am hopeful and positive
the future is bright! I am strong and
can overcome
anything! I am a good
person and I
keep getting

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What is Positive Behavior Support (PBS)?

Positive Behavior Support is a package of evidence-based strategies to improve quality of life and decrease challenging behaviors. It teaches people new skills and alternative responses to replace challenging behaviors. This approach is positive, proactive and focuses on preventing challenging behaviors before they occur.

Purpose of the PBS Program

The purpose of the PBS program is to support youth with serious emotional disturbances who are at risk of out of home placement to be successful in their community environments. We work with the individual's team to assess their individual needs and implement trauma informed positive behavior support. Through a person-centered approach, supportive, motivating and inclusive environments for individuals with complex needs are promoted.

Overview of Program Activities

The following program activities can help you prevent and improve challenging behaviors:

  • PBS Brainstorming

    • Consulting on how to implement PBS and increase quality of life
  • Technical assistance and mentoring

    • Guidance and feedback to professionals
    • Solutions for challenging behaviors
  • Person-centered planning

    • Develop personal goals
    • Create an action plan for achieving goals
  • PBS Intensive Services

    • Serve a very limited number of individuals and families statewide
    • Individuals must have dangerous behaviors and no services in place to address them and be at risk of out of home placement
    • Services typically last 3-5 months
  • Training and continuing education opportunities

    • Limited number of trainings offered for professionals
    • Social work CEU's