About D.ESCAL8™

changing training & INTEGRATING PBS throughout

Offering Training & Consultancy for any aspects of human interaction around distress or areas commonly known as challenging behaviour

D.ESCAL8™ was set up to develop and promote the concept of de-escalation alongside Positive Behaviour Support - all of our courses and workshops reflect this.

Our courses and workshops are constantly under review and evolve to incorporate the latest best practice, research and legislation.

D.ESCAL8™ work in all of these areas of education and health & social care with adults, young people and children.

We are proud to support:

Family Support Project on familysupportproject.com

Psychological Flexibility 4 Life on pf4.uk

Behaviour Desc on bxd.sc

We are also pleased to offer -
Our Family Support Project
1 & 2 day Bespoke Courses
Individualised Support & Consultancy

Positive Behaviour Support
Introductory & Advanced courses
Bespoke Consultancy

Inset Day training
Providing you with an engaging and memorable bespoke workshop for all types of educational setting

Dual Diagnosis workshops
For those caring for people who may have a mental health diagnosis as well as a learning disability or autism

Many thanks are necessary to an ever growing number of people who provide ongoing support, advice and mentoring to D.ESCAL8™. These exceptional people include trainers, nurses, a physiotherapist, managers, clinical psychologists and Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA). This gives D.ESCAL8™ a multidisciplinary support structure unparalleled in a small dynamic company.

Hands down the best de-escalation training I have ever had.

The origins

Where it started

D.ESCAL8™ was started after many years of experience both training and working in a system and being of the opinion I could do things differently and measure different outcomes.

Physical Skills

All of the physical skills taught on our courses are designed for the safe use with children, young people and adults from 5 to 105.

D.ESCAL8™ do not teach any techniques that cause pain or any hyper flexion of the joints, and we do use the floor based restraints.

Our breakaway techniques and 'fluid restraint system' are effective, non-confrontational, compatible with PBS and work to maintain positive relationships with those receiving support.


Choosing a company name is never easy - so we decided to have a company name that does exactly what it says on the tin!

Restraint Reduction Network and BILD

Our signature Foundation course, 'Supporting Individuals in Distress,' is certified to the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards, administered by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. More on this page.

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst BCBA

Director Des Cooke is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Bio here.

Tomorrow and beyond

D.ESCAL8™ will always strive to share best practice and promote the reduction of restrictive practices.

Research and Development

D.ESCAL8™ are constantly developing new processes for continual improvement through our internal Quality Management System; constant feedback and improvement are key. Through Continuing Professional Development as a BCBA, and as a lover of Life Long Learning Director, Des Cooke, strives to maintain D.ESCAL8™'s place ahead of the curve in the world of Positive Behaviour Support, Positive Psychology, physical skills and de-escalation.

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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you can take it anywhere

D.ESCAL8™ deliver courses and workshops based on human relationships. This grounding is not about hierarchy of those supported vrs those they support. D8 is about building and maintaining positive relationships even with people who cause you some stress. From feedback this can have a good effect on your own relationships.

  • Research Based
    Relax in the knowledge this is our specialty
  • Physical & Emotional Safety
    D8 systems & processes will provide a safe environment for your staff
  • Behavioural at the core
    Delivery and content complements behavioural science
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