PBS & de-escalation


developing positive relationships
supporting those in distress

COurses & WorkshopsABOUT D8

We provide both Proactive & Reactive Support for


RRN Certified Training
Bespoke Consultancy
Policy Guidance
Ongoing Support


Functional Based Assessments
Behaviour Support Planning
Hands on Skills Training
Ongoing Support


RRN Certified Training
Function Based PBS Consultancy
Policy Guidance
Service Level Agreement of Support

you can take it anywhere

D.ESCAL8™ deliver courses and workshops based on improving all of our human relationships. It is about the building and maintaining of positive relationships, even with people who behave in a manner that causes you stress. It is not about maintaining an inappropriate hierarchy of supported and supporter; the supported individual is paramount. Testimonials and online workshop testimonials.

  • Research Based
    Relax in the knowledge this is our specialty
  • Physical & Emotional Safety
    D8 systems & processes provide a safe environment for both supporters and supported
  • Behavioural at the core
    Delivery and content complements behavioural science
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I recently attended the 'Descal8' training with Des and I am really impressed.

I have attended a few [other company name removed] training courses in the past and thought this would be similar. However it was not.

There are two aspects that really stood out to me:

1. The course is cleverly designed to increase your confidence over the course of 3 days, using techniques such as role play and practice sessions that slowly increase in intensity. This is great as it can feel like a real representation of a situation that can occur and gets you thinking fast! - By day 3 I definitely had more confidence and do feel I could implement what I have learnt should a situation arise (which, of course, we always hope it won't).

2. This was the most important part which stood out to me.  This course taught me the least restrictive practice I've ever come across! Previous training programs I have attended, taught maneuvers that were very hands on and in some cases restricted the movements of the service user, which has the potential to cause more distress. Descal8 shows you ways that help you gain control over the situation and not the person. And that, to me, is perfect.

Thanks again - It's definitely a course you will remember! :)

Support Worker

'Supporting Individuals in Distress'

Our signature Foundation course is called, "Supporting Individuals in Distress,' or SID for short.

This course is certified by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) under the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

Participants receive a solid grounding in theory, current legislation and guidance, Positive Behaviour Support and de-escalation.
Our disengagement (breakaway) techniques and 'fluid restraint system' are effective, non-confrontational, compatible with PBS and work to maintain positive relationships with those receiving support.

All of our physical skills are fully risk assessed to ensure that they are safe for use with adults, young people and children. D8 do not teach any techniques that cause pain or that use the floor.

Participants and commissioners of training evaluate the course and a full course report of performance is produced.

Positive Behaviour Support & physical interventions should be compatible

Commonly staff will say that the Physical Intervention training they had previously received was not compatible with their PBS training. Here at D.ESCAL8™ we pride ourselves on the fact that our course feedback overwhelmingly says that we deliver physical intervention training that is the most compatible with the PBS training being delivered to staff.

D.ESCAL8™ deliver PBS training in its own right, and our Physical Intervention training and consultancy is fully grounded in PBS allowing a seamless experience for participants.

More information ❯ Highly Interactive Online Workshops Content
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Relationships can be stressful

using Psychological Safety to develop Psychological Flexibility

When supporting people in education, health settings and social care some individuals can display behaviours that can cause us concern.

D.ESCAL8™ teach you to assist and support individuals with their distress, & to develop and maintain positive relationships with those who may behave in a manner that supporters themselves find distressing.

On this link you can find a full list of our scope of work.

Testimonials and online workshop testimonials.

Support for all

When working with individuals who are causing some concern those who support them will go through a range of emotions. All our courses and workshops deliver content to assist supporters with this process.

Those supported - we teach supporters around the emotional needs of those they support.

Supporters & Staff - We emphasise the importance of staff support and teach how to implement better support systems.

Organisation Support - after initial training customers can choose various levels of ongoing support via our Service Level Agreement system. See Service Level Agreements.

Bristol Area Open Workshop

4-6th June 2024

Bristol Area

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West Wales Open Workshop

Autumn 2024 TBC

Narberth Area

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Restraint Reduction Network

  • Research Based
  • Physical & Emotional Safety
  • Behavioural at the core

Our Foundation course, 'Supporting Individuals in Distress,' is Certified by the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards that are administered by BILD - they can be found here

Live Interactive Bespoke Online Training

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This online interactive training involves your team generating live content to discuss. Choose from several modules leading to outcomes such as improvements in team ethos, individual resilience, group cohesion, and an overall improvement in Psychological Flexibility.

This course was invaluable and just what we needed to raise morale and self-esteem at such a difficult, critical time in 2020.

The course was deemed ‘enlightening, thought provoking and a tonic’ and reinforced a team building approach. Staff felt it was an ‘eye opener’ to witness how other staff were feeling when they were feeding back anonymously about their feelings, emotions and experiences and felt that they were not alone.

Staff took time to focus on their positive and supportive reactions to pupils and staff who were in distress or needed support and assistance and will apply these strategies to themselves. A very positive camaraderie and renewed team building approach has resulted from this course.

We have worked with Des on other sessions and projects and he never fails to enthuse, engage, challenge and support staff. Thanks so much, an excellent experience again.

Head Teacher
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