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Course Information:

Aim: The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competence in supporting individuals with intellectual disability who present with challenging behaviour
Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a care setting.
Duration: 4 days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.
Status: Elective Minor component
Credit Value: 15 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Healthcare Support 5M4339

Programme Outcomes:

Some of the areas the learner will be proficient in at the end of the course:

1. Define the concept of “challenging behaviour” and identify inappropriate behaviour presented by an individual with intellectual disability
2. Be able to describe behaviour in observable, measurable terms
3. Explain how internal factors, related to a person’s health and well-being, can underlie challenging behaviour
4. Recognise examples of positive and negative reinforcement of inappropriate or challenging behaviour in daily situations in the lives of people with intellectual disability
5. Recognise examples in the daily lives of people with intellectual disability, where inappropriate or challenging behaviour is being maintained by the setting events and antecedents prior to the behaviour
6. Gather and record information about an individual with intellectual disability that can be used in the analysis of challenging behaviour and development of a support plan
7. Evaluate how well the goals and values of the Positive Behaviour Support model fit in with the policies of a service provider relating to challenging behaviour
8. Discuss a range of characteristics that promote positive environments.


Entry Requirement: Minimum of Level 4 certificate standard of education. Strong interest or working in providing quality care in a healthcare setting. A strong level of spoken and written English required.
Assessment: Assignment 40% Learner Record 60%. Learners will receive assignment briefs and guidelines on completing these assessments.
Tutor Profile: All tutors are highly qualified and experienced healthcare experts.
Support: A range of accommodations and supports are available according to specific learner needs. One to one and email support available from tutors throughout the course.
Resources: Learners receive a comprehensive resource pack that can be used as a reference during and after the course.
Booking Process & Fee: Booking Form available by email to admin@barrowtraining.ie or online at www.barrowtraining.ie . Discounts available if the course is booked and paid in full online.
Transfer/progression: Successful completion enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement at Level 5 & 6.

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  1. Elaine Richardson February 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Please can you send details of course

    • Barrow Training February 15, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Hi Elaine, many thanks for your message. Email sent to you now!

  2. caroline kennedy March 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    hi there,
    Is this course available to do at night as a on line course?
    I am working as a SNA and this could be a problem taking time off when I’m trying to work into a permanent position.

    • Barrow Training March 29, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Caroline, many thanks for your comment. Email sent to you now!

  3. Ann Marie April 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Hi can you work as a home carer if you have this course.

    • Barrow Training April 17, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Ann Marie, many thanks for your message. Email sent to you now!

  4. Irene April 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Would love to do this course if u came further west Mayo

    • Barrow Training April 30, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hi Irene, many thanks for your comment. Email sent to you now!

  5. Janet Leavey April 21, 2019 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I was wondering if this course would be avaible in the Maynooth /celbridge /leixlip ares and also fee
    Janet Leavey

  6. Jennifer McGuire July 4, 2019 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Hi there.

    Require info regarding this course.

    Kind regards


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