certified open training courses

Open training

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D8 Training Hubs

D.ESCAL8™ in association with like minded partner organisations can bring you these fully operational PBS & PI training hubs delivering accessible de-escalation training for carers and family members

I attended the 3 day course delivered by Des. Des was extremely engaging and facilitated the 3 days very well. The 3 days were challenging and thought provoking but Des delivers the training with such skill that all trainees appeared relaxed and able to learn.

I have been an instructor of PBS training as part of my role, including the theory and physical techniques, for many years,  so prior to the course I was looking forward to seeing some alternative techniques. I approached the course interested to see some alternative physical interventions. The theory element was pretty much similar to what I deliver but the alternative physical techniques I was very impressed with and after 30 years of working within this area and having attended many physical intervention training packages over the years I have to say this course has really made me think about the overall approach to physical interventions. I believe all staff would benefit from attending this training, even if they have vast experience of delivering PBS training and physical interventions.  

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

D.ESCAL8™ ‘Open’ Courses are as they say - ‘open to all’.

We offer these courses from our Training Hubs of West Wales, Bristol and Plymouth so that as many people as possible are able to access the benefits our training provides.

This ‘Open’ option is perfect for organisations with small numbers of staff, professionals who work alone or in small teams, sessional carers paid by direct payments, agency workers and lone workers; indeed anyone who is involved with individuals who can display problem behaviours and distress.

This option also enables managers from larger organisations to experience the course and decide if it would benefit their staff. If you are coming to experience the course with this view, then you are more than welcome and will be eligible for a discount.

Our focus is on assisting carers to be compassionate, calmer and more confident when assisting individuals who are distressed. D.ESCAL8™ training will enable you to not simply appear to be calm, but actually feel calmer and more confident in your de-escalation skills, enabling you to build positive relationships with those you care for.

Thank you for the training courses that you have delivered and continue to deliver for us at Havencare.

I do not think “course” does D.ESCAL8 justice. I would use the term “experience”.

It is an experience that helps shape staff alignment with the right values, the right understanding, and the right practices; whilst developing awareness and empathy of self and others. Courses give certificates (and D.Escal8 certification does still tick all the right boxes for regulation and best practice), but it is the experience of D.Escal8 that brings legacy.

Unlike other programmes we have used in the past, this learning is unapologetically “real”. Learning is cemented in long-term memory by inciting emotion in participants, enabling understanding of their own personal reactions in challenging circumstances, and building the skills and confidence to help keep people safe.

If Government, NHS England and Local Authorities are committed to “Transforming Care” for the most vulnerable and poorly treated people with learning disabilities and autism (many currently held in ill-equipped and restrictive assessment and treatment units (ATUs) and secure hospitals), the legacy of your programme delivery is exactly what the sector needs to help us move forward with sustainable quality, dignity and respect.

I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Chief Executive Oficer

West Wales Open Workshop

April May 2022

Narberth Area

Early Bird register by 1st Feb 2022

Register my interest

Plymouth Open Workshop

DATE: 10-12 November 2021

PL2 Area

Early Bird register by 10th September 21

Reserve your place on this course

'Supporting Individuals in Distress' (SID) - Restraint Reduction Network

This D.ESCAL8™ 3 day course is Certified under the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards administered by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). As with all our physical intervention courses it is informed by the Training Needs Analysis of the needs of the individuals you support.

Participants completing this course will gain a certificate confirming they have been trained to the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

As the 'Supporting Individuals in Distress' course (SID) is certified you can be confident that all of the standards of theory, current legislation, Physical Intervention Risk Assessments and best practice are met whilst being tailored to the particular needs of your service and supported individuals.

  • RESEARCH BASED - embedding current research, legislation, best practice and 'real world' examples, aiding consolidation of skills and knowledge
  • SAFE ZONE - participants are fully supported both emotionally and physically throughout our training situations, leading to a toolbox of staff support systems
  • BEHAVIOURAL - we use Behavioural Skills Training (BST) theory which employs instructions, modelling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to effectively teach a new skill

Day One

Concepts

  • Legal Aspects & Policies
  • Tolerance & Emotional Resilience
  • Stress & Staff Support
  • Assault Cycle & De-escalation techniques
  • Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Physical Interventions - Disengagement

  • Simple pinches

Day two

This content is agreed during the commissioning process and is informed by Training Needs Analysis & Behavioural Audits.

Concepts

  • Introduction to Stress Training - how our emotions affect the interactions we have when in stressful situations & how we can improve our communication under pressure. Our aim is to build positive relationships with those we support.
  • Introduction to Self Injury

Physical Interventions - Disengagement

Examples of the comprehensively risk assessed techniques include;

  • Wrist Grabs
  • Pinching / Scratching
  • Clothing Grabs
  • Hair Grabs
  • Biting
  • Airway Protection
  • Assisting Others in any situation
  • Protection from hits / blows

Day three

This content is agreed during the commissioning process and is informed by Training Needs Analysis & Behavioural Audits.

Concepts for day 3

  • Advanced Stress Training
  • Self Injury

Restrictive Physical Interventions

Extending on from and consolidating the second day, examples of the techniques include;

  • Movement concepts
  • Fluid Restraint
  • Movement & Self Injury
  • Other Restrictive Procedures as informed by Training Needs Analysis & Behavioural Audits

Link to BILD ACT entry for D.ESCAL8™

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I highly recommend this superb training provided by Des Cooke of D.ESCAL8. Having attended various forms of PBM and PBS training during my 20 year career in the Social Care sector, the Supporting Individuals in Distress course was by far the most impressive and useful I have received. The content and delivery was challenging, motivating, inspiring and fun.

Feedback from staff is that Des’s training has made a significant difference to the way they work, more so than any other training they have received. There has been a significant decrease in serious incidents and when these happen they are managed well.

We at Freeways have developed an excellent working relationship with Des which goes beyond the training session. The training he provides is second to none and is delivered with a good understanding of the complexities involved in supporting people who communicate through their behaviour. Training is paced to meet the learning needs and styles of each and every course participant and there is a healthy balance between theory and practice. I would recommend D.ESCAL8 to any organisations who want to ensure Positive Behaviour Support is an intrinsic part of their approach to enable people to live full and meaningful lives.

PBS SENIOR MANAGER

If you would like to experience the course with a view to purchasing in the future and the participant has the authority to make that purchasing decision please chat to us as a certain number of spaces are kept available strictly for that purpose.


I have just completed the 3 day D.ESCAL8 course. I am a BCBA who currently works both in the U.K. and abroad. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. For me, this course provided the missing piece of the puzzle. I would encourage all ABA practitioners, and indeed all others involved in the care or education system in general, to attend this course. It encompasses the ABA approach whilst providing valuable crisis management techniques.

Des as a trainer is engaging, knowledgable and compelling. He challenges preconceived ideas and provokes mind set change with astounding efficiency. I have attended other “physical intervention” courses in the past. D.ESCAL8 provides an alternative so far superior you will wonder why it isn’t the only option.

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst - BCBA

West Wales Registration

April May 2022

Participant - West Wales

£297

West Wales

  • Access Ongoing Support
  • Perpetual Digital Participant Booklet Updates
  • Digital PDF Certificate Access Online
  • Premium Quality Printed Card Certificates
  • Discount on Annual Update day (booked during the original course)
Register for West Wales

Early Bird - West Wales

£250

West Wales

  • Access Ongoing Support
  • Perpetual Digital Participant Booklet Updates
  • Digital PDF Certificate Access Online
  • Premium Quality Printed Card Certificates
  • Discount on Annual Update day (booked during the original course)
Early Bird register by 6th August 21

West Wales Open Workshop

April May 2022

Narberth Area

Early Bird register by 1st Feb 2022

Register my interest

Plymouth Open Workshop

DATE: 10-12 November 2021

PL2 Area

Early Bird register by 10th September 21

Reserve your place on this course

Plymouth Registration

DATE: 10-12 November 2021

Participant - Plymouth

£297

Plymouth

  • Access Ongoing Support
  • Perpetual Digital Participant Booklet Updates
  • Digital PDF Certificate Access Online
  • Premium Quality Printed Card Certificates
  • Discount on Annual Update day (booked during the original course)
Register for Plymouth

Early Bird - Plymouth

£250

Plymouth

  • Access Ongoing Support
  • Perpetual Digital Participant Booklet Updates
  • Digital PDF Certificate Access Online
  • Premium Quality Printed Card Certificates
  • Discount on Annual Update day (booked during the original course)
Early Bird register by 10th September 21

Des made a huge difference to Woodbridge Park. We have been on a rapid journey towards a more holistic, trauma-informed approach with our children and young people; moving away from traditional black and white behaviourist principles. Des joined us at the right time in this journey and provided some intensive staff support and training which has had a significant impact on our procedures and on staff practice. Thanks to Des’ calm, reassuring manner, our staff engaged intently with training and it was clear that many had a few ‘light bulb’ moments when it all suddenly made sense.

Des inspired and motivated our whole service to think differently about behaviour and to focus on what is really going on with a child or young person. As a result of Des’ support, we have developed a trail-blazing pupil induction and targeted support toolkit which clearly identifies underlying causes of negative behaviours and personal triggers. We revised our Development Plan to focus on trauma, attachment and reducing staff and pupil stress and anxiety and focused all our energies in approaching children and young people with curiosity, not judgment. Since 2018, our challenging behaviour incidents have fallen around 50%, our fixed-term exclusions have reduced from over 100 per year to less than 15, with no pupils; for over a year; with more than one exclusion. Our school attendance has also improved over the last two years and we remain above national averages. Des was part of this success and this journey and we cannot speak highly enough about him, his energy and approach.

Headteacher, Alternative Provision Service

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The course was absolutely fantastic and I believe everyone in the care industry should receive this training as standard. I felt particularly empowered by the whole philosophy of de-escalate and its client centered approach. The course encourages you to challenge personal beliefs and societal presumptions which could be unhelpful when assisting an individual in distress. Instead it allows you to develop confidence in knowing how to act in a high arousal situation which you may find challenging, this confidence then in turn assists youto respond in more helpful low aroused ways rather than resorting to touch and restraint which is likely to distress clients further.

Des is a fantastic trainer who delivers course content in an engaging way which meets all learning styles. His knowledge of the subject was above and beyond including psychology, law, case examples, research and much more! I particularly enjoyed the role plays which was an invaluable way of learning, I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say the pressure you’re put under compares to VERY realistic situations which was an invaluable learning experience!

PSYCHOLOGIST