Course Title: Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: HWSS6113C

Course Title: Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4365 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mary Collins

9925 4598

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement behaviour support strategies outlined in an individualised behaviour support plan for a person with disability.

This unit applies to workers in varied disability services contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.

This unit is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:

CHCDIS004 - Communicate using augmentative and alternate communication strategies

CHCDIS009 - Facilitate on-going skills development using a person centred approach

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports


1. Apply a person-centred approach to minimise behaviours of concern

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Support the person to maintain their activities of daily living in accordance with organisation policies and procedures and the individualised behaviour support plan

1.2 Consider the person’s individual needs, strengths, capabilities and preferences when engaging in activities of daily living and routines

1.3 Identify problems with engaging or motivating the person and seek appropriate assistance

1.4 Provide a safe environment for the person conducive to positive and adaptive responses


2. Review context of behaviours of concern

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise behaviours of concern outlined in the individualised behaviour support plan

2.2 Consider what happened before, during and after the behaviour of concern

2.3 Consider the type, frequency and triggers of the behaviour

2.4 Consider environmental factors in the context of the behaviour

2.5 Consider the person’s emotional well-being in the context of the behaviour

2.6 Consider the person’s health status in the context of the behaviour

2.7 Consider the person’s medication in the context of the behaviour

2.8 Record all observations accurately and objectively in consultation with supervisor using terms that can be clearly understood


3. Provide positive behaviour support according to individualised behaviour support plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Recognise the difference between appropriate and inappropriate interventions when addressing behaviours of concern

3.2 Interpret and follow behavioural support strategies

3.3 Ensure that all interventions are in line with the plan and organisation policies and procedures

3.4 Follow organisation procedures to ensure safety of the person, self and other people

3.5 Respond to critical incidents in accordance with organisation’s intervention and notification procedures

3.6 Monitor strategies to determine effectiveness in consultation with supervisor

3.7 Identify and report changes in person’s needs and behaviours in consultation with supervisor

3.8 Follow referral procedures in consultation with supervisor


4. Complete documentation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Comply with the organisation’s reporting requirements

4.2 Maintain documentation according to organisation’s requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities


  • class exercises to review discussions and workshops
  • seminars/workshops/presentations
  • practical demonstration and use of workplace equipment and tasks
  • guest presentations
  • group discussions
  • research in and out of class time
  • independent workplace case study
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule


Workshop numberContentUnit/Elements 
3: 20/5Supporting empowerment and person-centered services through legal frameworks and compliance requirements
- Overview of course content and assessment requirements
- The legislative and policy framework - federal, state and local government
- NDIS - introduction of a new funding and service model
- Duty of care, dignity of risk and the law of negligence - Your role as a disability worker
- CHCLEG003 - Assessment task 2, scenario and response - a breach of compliance with organisational policy and practice




4: 10/06Empowerment, individual support and person centered services
- Overview of course content and assessment requirements
- Definitions and implications of disability types
- Life areas and the needs people may have
- Identifying and meeting those needs
- Empowerment through knowledge and understanding
- Person centred services - how we develop and maintain individualised services
- CHCCCS015 & CHCDIS007: Assessment task 2 - in class group response to a scenario






5: 11/07

Empowerment and person centerdness in a context of community participation and inclusion

- overview of course content and assessment requirements
- contemporary services provision - from the past to the present
- Enabling people to participate in their communities with support and acceptance
- Strengths based practice and active support






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment 1: Understanding theory - Short answers

Assessment 2: Case study part 3:

  • Workshop - client communication, skills and behaviour profile
  • Take Home - Current skills development and behaviour support

Assessment 3: Professional Discussion, Workplace Evidence, Third Party Report.

Assessment Tasks

 This course is assessed in accordance with competency based assessment.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria). You will receive a full assessment brief and it will be available on the Blackboard site accessed via MyRMIT.


Assessment Task 1: Work responsibilities and practice – short answer questions

Using your experience in supporting people with complex communication needs to develop their life skills and capacity to manage themselves, and the information, discussions and materials from the workshops, you will respond to questions about how you support your clients.  


Assessment Task 2: Case Study Part 3 – based on a person whom you support

In Part 3 you will discuss how your service supports clients to develop and maintain communication and skills for daily life, and provides positive and person centred behaviour support.


Assessment Task 3: Professional Discussion and performance evidence

This describes skills and knowledge you can demonstrate via your job role following clients' established person centred behaviour supports, communicating with clients using augmentative and alternate communication strategies and facilitating clients. on-going skills development using a person centred approach. This will be provided via a professional discussion and presentation of workplace evidence during planned workplace visits.

Due date: to be scheduled with students


When you have completed all unit tasks to “Satisfactorily completed” standard, you will be signed off as “Competency Achieved” in this unit

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

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Plagiarism Software

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