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Working Positively with Behaviours that Challenge

This is an intensive training course specifically for parents and/or professionals living or working with children/adults who present with challenging behaviour.

This Programme is a Special Purpose Award of 10 credits at Masters level and is designed to develop an understanding of non-aversive, Positive Behaviour Support and to provide parents and professionals with full training in assessing the causes of challenging behaviour and developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive behaviour support plan.

This programme will be of interest to people who work with/live with people who present with Challenging Behaviour. It is an intensive 10-month training programme which involves 8 full days of training and practical/academic assignments to be carried out in the learners' daily setting. The programme supports learners to develop and implement comprehensive, non-aversive behavioural support plans with people to help increase their quality of life and reduce the need for challenging behaviour in the short term and the long term. The style of teaching on the course is particular case training, which means the learner is required to carry out an actual behaviour support plan with someone who is presenting with behavioural challenges. The learner will also need to identify a workplace supervisor to monitor the implementation of the behaviour support plan.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be over 18, must be currently working in the field and have a minimum of 2 years experience and/or appropriate qualifications or be a parent of a child who presents with behaviours that challenge.


8 full days of training over a 10 month period.

Further enquiries

For further information: Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 061 293802 Email:
For academic related queries: Cathy Jones

Subjects taught

A model of Positive Behaviour Support, Behavioural Assessment, Functional Assessment, Intervention Development, Implementation Factors.


Certificate in Working Positively with Behaviours that Challenge (Special Purpose Award, Level 9, 10 Credits).

Location: LIT Moylish

Assessment method

Students are assessed by means of ongoing continuous assessment.

Course fee


Fees for programmes offered through Flexible Learning differ from programme to programme. Check the details in the handbook. In some cases particular criteria apply in terms of fee payments.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or postal order, please make payable to Limerick Institute of Technology and submit with your completed registration form to the Department of Flexible Learning.

Payment by credit or debit card is possible at any time during office opening hours either in person or by telephone. If you are registering by post and wish to pay by credit or debit card, simply tick the relevant box and a member of the Flexible Learning team will contact you to take the payment by telephone.

Where fees are being paid by an employer or other third party, a sponsorship agreement must be completed by the student and employer and issued to LIT. Invoices will only be issued to employers/third parties when this is completed.

Payment of programme fees must be received from the employer prior to commencement of the programme. In the event that invoices have not been paid prior to the commencement of a programme, the student will be required to pay the fee and subsequently claim it back from his/her employer.

Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to accept cash payments.

All programme fees must be paid in full before the commencement of a programme, unless otherwise indicated. Receipts will be issued to students or employer/third party upon payment of fees. Students should retain receipts as charges may apply for issuing copies, and in some cases reissuing will not be possible.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement date and timetable details will be forwarded to applicants.

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