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Postgraduate Course: Approaches to challenging behaviour in people with an intellectual disability (CLPS11028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe term 'challenging behaviour' can refer to a wide range of different behaviours, situations and needs and the area can be contentious. In this course we will provide an overview of the main issues in this area with reference to a range of settings, including health, education and social care. The definition of challenging behaviour is in itself open to debate and we will initially review some of the most common definitions, with an outline of the arguments that have been presented for adopting particular terminology. We will then examine the interventions for challenging behaviour which are developed from learning theory and generally take the form of behavioural approaches. We will look at behavioural approaches in some detail but also consider alternative models and factors which can influence the expression of challenging behaviour, including medical, environmental and staff influences. The systematic application of any intervention relies on a thorough assessment of challenging behaviour. We will outline one common assessment format which incorporates the key factors of reactive strategies, behavioural interventions based on an accurate functional analysis and longer term strategies such as environmental changes, skills teaching or individual work. We will introduce each of these components in turn. We will then turn our attention to methods of evaluating the success of psychological interventions and look at some of the most common reasons why interventions fail. You will have the opportunity to apply the principles outlined in this module both to a range of online scenarios of challenging behaviour and to reflect on their use within your practice setting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
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Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course the students should have the ability to:
* Critically examine a range of definitions of 'challenging behaviour'.
* Demonstrate a critical awareness of the evidence base for behavioural and other interventions for challenging behaviour.
* Demonstrate understanding of the different presentations that 'challenging behaviour' can take.
* Identify the key factors involved in formulating and developing an intervention for 'challenging behaviour'.
* Critically examine the range of behavioural and other approaches to challenging behaviour and the effects these may have when used correctly and incorrectly
Assessment Information
A 4500- 5000 word case study relating to a challenging behaviour case experienced within the student┐s practice setting. The assignment should reflect and critique the existing evidence base as applied to practice in the particular field they work in.
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Study Pattern The course is delivered entirely online via WebCT Vista. Teaching methods will include moderated asynchronous group discussion, guided reading, self-study, online role-play activities, self-reflection and case presentations. Participants will also be supported by e-mail and Skype conferencing.
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Course organiserDr Karen Mckenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 3953
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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