What is a behaviour support practitioner?

Behaviour support practitioners (often referred to as “PBS practitioners”) assess the influences on a person’s behaviour, and design interventions to both increase a person’s quality of life and reduce challenging behaviours. Practitioners are engaged across disability and community services, home environments and school settings.

Who can be a behaviour support practitioner?

Behaviour support practitioners do not come from a single professional background. Many are Allied Health Professionals, Developmental Educators, Behaviour Analysts, and people with other training and experience. There is information about requirements to become a practitioner here.

What do they do?

The practitioner will conduct an assessment and write a “behaviour support plan”, which will include a range of components such as improvements in the physical environment, communication approaches, stimulus management, and ways to teach new behaviours that are more functional or socially acceptable than some existing behaviours.

Two very common components are measuring behaviours to assess change in behaviour and developing the skills of people in the support network.

Behaviour support strategies are developed in a collaborative process with key stakeholders, including allied health practitioners and other clinicians, family members, and direct support staff, and with insurers and other funders. The plan will be underpinned by person-centred practice and behavioural science, and seek to protect and give expression to a person’s human rights.

Support A Good Life

Behaviour support practitioners carry great responsibility in protecting a person’s human rights. Some people need a PBS plan to enable a good life, and reduce and eliminate restrictive practices, which are serious infringements on a person’s rights.