Short Title:Contemporary Approaches to Managing Challenging Behaviour
Full Title:Contemporary Approaches to Managing Challenging Behaviour
Module Code:BEHV H4004
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Social and behavioural Sciences
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of the module is to provide the participant with the necessary knowledge, skills and identified values to enable effective, human rights based responses to challenging behaviour. The module will demonstrate the importance of individualised coping mechanisms, self-development, holistic life planning, control in life choices, staff values and attitudes, equity in the balance of relationship power and non-aversive low arousal strategies as all essential elements in reducing the frequency and intensity of incidents of challenge.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the appropriate values, beliefs and attitudes required for supporting people that challenge
LO2 Identify the implications of power equity in developing supportive and professional client relationships
LO3 Demonstrate an appropriate level of self-awareness and self-regulation by employing best practice techniques
LO4 Carry out a functional analysis
LO5 Developed an understanding of the philosophy of low arousal
LO6 Clearly identify what constitutes restrictive practices and the role of human rights based approaches in monitoring, reducing and eliminating such practises
LO7 Complete a holistic life support plan
LO8 Examine the role of the social care practitioner in a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to the needs of an individual with challenging behaviour
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Understanding self
Self-efficacy, fixed action patterns of behaviour, locus of control, authority and the Milgram experiments, cognitive dissonance, personal reflection, beliefs, values, positive self-talk, attitudes and habits, balance of power and reflective practice.
Comprehensive Functional Assessment and Advanced Support Strategies
In-depth training in behavioural assessment, functional analysis of behaviour and how to use this information to develop a holistic life support plan.
Holistic Life Support Plans
The target behaviour, data sources, function of the behaviour, identified triggers, accommodations, skills, antecedent control and reactive strategies
Positive Approaches to Managing Behaviours that Challenge
What is challenging behaviour, causes, non-confrontational techniques to manage challenging and complex behaviours, the principles of therapeutic crisis intervention, de-escalation and non-aversive strategies, values in practice, focusing students on awareness of their own responses and behaviour, and debriefing.
Human Rights based Approaches
Restrictive practices, United Nations Convention on Human Rights, humane and least restrictive environment, human rights committee, systems approach and therapeutic neutrality.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will be required to complete a project based on seminars delivered by service suppliers and service users in this area. 4,6,7,8 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Seminars No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Andrew McDonnell, 2010, Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings, Wiley and Sons Ltd London [ISBN: 0470512318]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Robert B. Cialdini 2001, Influence: Science and Practice, Allyn and Bacon Boston [ISBN: 0321011473]
  • Anne M. Donnellan... [et al.] 1988, Progress without punishment, Teachers College Press New York [ISBN: 0807729116]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Bartunek, J.M. 2001, Why Did You Do That? Attribution Theory in Organisations
  • French, P., Chan, J., & Carracher, R. 2010, Realizing Human Rights in Clinical Practice and Service Delivery to persons with Cognitive Impairment who Engage in Behaviours of Concern, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 17, No. 2
  • Nunno, M.A., Holden, J.M., & Tollar, A. 2005, Learning from Tragedy: A Survey of Child and Adolescent Restraint Fatalities., Pergamon Child Abuse & Neglect
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 8 Mandatory