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D.ESCAL8 TM run courses and workshops that are bespoke to the commissioning service. Instead of spreading our skill base thin we specialise in positive behaviour support and de-escalation within the healthcare industry. We have over 2 decades experience of delivering this type of training for a number of fields of human interaction, covering every aspect of an individual's care within:

  • Intellectual / Learning Disabilities Services
  • Educational Settings Educations Otherwise and Schools - Mainstream & Special
  • Autistic Services
  • Aquired Brain Injury Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health issues for people with disabilities)
  • Ageing Populations Services, including Elderly Mentally Infirm
  • Young People Services from children’s services to those with teens in trouble
  • GP and Dentist Surgery
  • Pharmacy / Chemist’s
  • Fostering
  • Adult Placement / Shared Lives Services
  • Families Project
 

The skills taught in these bespoke workshops may be drastically different dependent on the care setting, due to the nature and abilities of the individuals you care for. However, the philosophy, compassion, respect and dignity of the content delivery remain at the highest standard underpinned by positive behaviour support.

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.
— A.I. BCBA

In all delivery the content of the curriculum is backed throughout with the current legislation and accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Accreditation Scheme.

3 day Foundation Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress – Adults

3 day Foundation Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress – Children and Young People

In house Trainers Project

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BILD Accredited & Bespoke Workshops

content overview


BILD Accredited & Bespoke Workshops

DESCAL8 Content Overview

D.ESCAL8 are accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Accreditation Scheme, info can be found on this link.

Bespoke and designed for the service commissioning the training, courses need to contain certain elements to fulfil the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Code of Practice for trainers (2014), this is from the BILD Accreditation Scheme. Elements on any course will be drawn from the following list - however this is not exhaustive.

 

Elements

  • Legal aspects

  • Positive Behaviour Support

  • Staff support systems

  • DESCAL8: de-escalation incorporating low arousal and other psychological principles

  • Real application practice

  • Physical interventions, including but not limited to: 

    • wrists and clothing grabs

    • pinching

    • hair pulling

    • biting

    • airway protection

    • assisting someone who has got themselves stuck in any situation

    • physical protection - self injury and staff safety

    • back off or to take hold - when, why, where and how

It is recognised that the subject matter in this area of training can be difficult for participants:

  • content is backed up with research and deepening of learning through real world examples and consolidation practice

  • all staff are supported emotionally and physically through the content, no one is expected to do anything they do not want to do

  • D.ESCAL8 incorporate Behavioral Skills Training (BST) which is a training package that utilizes instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to teach a new skill

 

BILD Accredited Scheme covers the following groups 

  • Children and adults with learning disabilities

  • Children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions

  • Pupils with special educational needs

  • Children with additional needs that may result in socially inappropriate behaviour(s)

  • Children with social and emotional difficulties associated with behaviours that challenge 

  • Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who are detained under the mental health legislation

  • Children and young people (up to the age of 19) who are detained in semi secure and secure settings or who are detained under the relevant mental health legislation

  • Families and family carers, including foster carers, those offering short breaks and support to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and social emotional and behaviour difficulties

Fantastic 3 day workshop! Learnt many new skills, strategies and different approaches, enabling people to work more effectively in supporting the varied needs of students. Very knowledgable course tutor with a person centred approach, that made each step of the course entertaining providing unforgettable experiences!
— R.M. Teaching Assistant
 

Learning Outcomes

Several elements of the course can be mapped to -

  • National Care Standards

  • National Minimum Standards

  • Qualifications and Credit Framework

  • Social Care Induction Framework

  • Positive Behaviour Support Competency Framework 2015

 
I thought as a refresher course the content was absolutely spot on. Des was able to adapt to the specific needs and queries of the group very easily and I felt that the staff all had positive outcome from the day.
— S.J. – Service Director
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open workshops


fully accredited by the BILD Accreditation Scheme

open workshops


fully accredited by the BILD Accreditation Scheme

I intend using you for all my staff as an essential part of our training requested by CQC.
— P.R. – Service Director

D.ESCAL8 run specific open workshops for staff. These will take place in a couple of locations depending on interest. If you have a specific area you could travel to, please note this in the message area at the bottom of the form. 

Please note the de-escalate parents project is on another part of the site.

There are a limited number of free places reserved for Directors and decision makers to experience the training. However we have smaller companies accessing this training as is can be difficult to release staff and cover them to run full training for all staff at once.

The following workshops are accredited by the British Institute  of Learning Disabilities 

BILD Accredited Courses: 

  • 3 day Foundation Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress – Adults

  • 3 day Foundation Developing Positive Relationships with individuals in distress – Children and Young People

  • In house Trainers Project

 

The quotes are comments from open workshops, run in

South West England & West Wales

Next Workshop

Bristol & South West March 2017

 
 
 
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.
— A.I. BCBA
 
I have just attended the 3 day course with Des Cooke. I walked in thinking I have done this before and won’t get much out of the course, how wrong could I be!

Des was so receptive to our needs and provided useful information that applied to our setting and didn’t just deliver a syllabus.

The course really focuses on a child centred approach and gives you the confidence to not use physical intervention! A lot of the previous courses I have attended focus on the use of physical intervention and restrictive practice, not D.ESCAL8! To be honest this is the only one that I can be confident it will do what is best for the children I work with. There are no restrictive restraints used and that has to be good for our relationships with the young people we work with.

Des used his extensive knowledge and not just from books, but from practical application in front line roles. He has done what he teaches and knows it works. That knowledge gave me the confidence to really engage with and learn throughout the course. I have had very similar training from Des’ previous work place (Studio3), but Des has taken his prior knowledge and improved the whole course content. He has thought about the impact of even the slightest movement and how it can impact negatively on the people you work with and changed it for the better. Relationship between staff and pupil has to be the most important element of this kind of intervention, with D.ESCAL8 and Des it is. I know as an organisation we will be working closely with D.ESCAL8 and Des to ensure all staff have the benefit of the training I have had.
— A. G. - Teacher (School Behaviour Lead)
 
Reading the Testimonials from other course participants I thought Des had cherry picked the best for a positive opinion. Having been on the course I know that the Feedback is genuine and if you are in doubt go and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed !

Having been an instructor for another Physical Intervention Method for many years . I approached the course open to suggestions and methods to improve the quality of care given to pupils and to provide a positive outcome for the individual. I attended the course with an open mind and hopeful to pick up one or two points to help staff and pupils alike. I have re-evaluated my whole approach to physical interventions and feel that all the staff I work with would benefit from attending the D.ESCAL8 course. The course would provide an up to date method to develop future relationships with pupils in our care and a less restrictive option if physical intervention is needed.
— A.W. Teacher
It really was one of the best training courses I have ever attended! Des was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and responsive to the group and business needs. The biggest part for me was the ethos that came across throughout the course- moving into the social model of care, it is vital that staff attitude is genuinely person centred and considers their own conceptions about behaviour. De-escal8 captured this brilliantly and has improved my understanding of my own emotion and behaviours so that I can truly support individuals who display signs of distress. It was extremely refreshing to have the psychological and physical impact of working with people packaged together. It made a huge impact on the way I understand the need for emotional and physical intervention. If you are looking for a thorough training needs analysis, delivery of a course that is bespoke, training that enriches service delivery, builds confidence in staff and moves towards the social model of care I would highly recommend this training.
— A.L. – Training and Development Advisor
 
I was quite enthusiastic about the school adopting the de-escalate approach to managing our behaviour after the training as I felt the training for me had quite an emotional impact on the way we as a school manage our pupils.

When attending the training the 3 days with all the written, law and practical elements I felt that our County as a whole should adopt the approach as it not only managed the behaviour of pupils but also had an emphasis on the impact that dealing with these behaviours can have on staff and quite often this is forgotten.

The pupils are supported by our staff very well I feel but quite often I don’t think there is time spent with staff members after dealing with these behaviours and incidents properly. This training gave clear strategies for dealing with them and during the training It was also beneficial to role play active and non-active listening... a method which can be adopted in all areas of the school not just with the behaviour side.

The role play was extremely powerful and again put you in the situation many of our pupils feel daily. I felt the training tied in nicely with our attachment and nurture elements that we are leading in and by combing the two can only continue to hopefully improve our practice.

The course was delivered very well and covered all areas of behaviours that we experience in school therefore being extremely relevant.
— L. H. Teacher (Special Needs School)