PBS & de-escalation


developing positive relationships
supporting those in distress

COurses & WorkshopsABOUT D8

The paradigm shift staff go through

The mind shift almost always travels from introductions where people say / imply things that contradict the basic philosophy of the course to an ending where people state publicly (or privately to me) how they always thought like this. Usually adding something like - “it is great that a training like this exists so that all those other people I work with whose attitude needs adjusting can access it”.

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

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.

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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. Please see our 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

Relationships can be stressful

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.

'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.

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed this three-day course Building Positive Relationships with people in distress. Des’ teaching methods are engaging, informative, clear, and fun.
He was able to put across complex information in a manner that was easy to grasp and remember. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the section on the law and how quickly I was able to remember the principal points through Des’ simple four point system designed to assist a worker assess a difficult situation quickly. I have
since used this quick method of assessment under stress and was able to remember and use it accurately and effectively.
Each of the three days builds one upon the other, and so it is vital to attend all three days. I was impressed by the manner in which Des structured these days to enable us to grasp not only his philosophy of how to work with people in distress but also how to take these principles and apply them more generally. Des’ teaching is all based around developing and maintaining a good and positive relationship with the people that we work with and how to maintain that even when things become difficult. I feel very encouraged and empowered by the techniques that Des has taught me.
On the last day we looked at physical interventions, the ‘last resort’ in a difficult situation. Des’ philosophy and method held true in these situations as well and we learned many useful ways of working and also looked at service structure and policies to help in these situations.
I have had a lot of training throughout my working life and I can honestly say this was by far the best that I have received.
Thank you, Des!


West Wales Open Workshop

DATE: 7-9 December 2020

Narberth Area

This course is nearly full

Register here to reserve your place for the next course
  • Research Based
    Relax in the knowledge this is our specialty
  • Physical & Emotional Safety
    Provide a safe environment for your staff and those they support
  • Behavioural at the core
    Delivery and content matches behavioural science

Restraint Reduction Network

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

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