Course Title: Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5702C

Course Title: Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C4329 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact : Anthony Graham

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4411

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mary Collins - Teacher, Disability Work, Oncampus programs (03) 99254598,

Maura Lynch - Teacher, Disability Work -Industry programs (03) 99254577,

Nominal Hours: 35

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to support and engage people to use positive and adaptive responses in their daily routines. The knowledge and skills of this unit of competency are applied within the context of a behaviour support plan or individualised support plan.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCICS305B Provide behaviour support in the context of individualised plans


1. Follow daily lifestyle routines

Performance Criteria:

1.1Support people to maintain their routines in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
1.2Locate and follow staff routines according to organisation policies and procedures
1.3Provide a safe and predictable environment for people
1.4Identify opportunities for skill development and/or maintenance within daily routines
1.5Identify and act upon opportunities to engage people in daily activity
1.6Identify opportunities for enjoyable experiences within daily routines
1.7Identify and report changes in person's needs according to organisation policies and procedures
1.8Make time requests of person appropriately and within person's capabilities
1.9Consider person's individual needs, strengths and preferences when engaging in daily routines and activities
1.10Identify problems with engaging clients and seek appropriate assistance
1.11Provide an environment conducive to positive and adaptive responses
1.12Use reinforcement appropriate to the individual


2. Contribute to the development of a behaviour support plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1Observe and record the type, frequency and triggers of behaviour likely to put the person and/or others at risk of harm
2.2Observe and record environmental context of behaviour likely to put the person and/or others at risk of harm
2.3Observe and record person's emotional well being in the context of behaviour likely to put the person and/or others at risk of harm
2.4Observe and record person's health status in the context of behaviour likely to put the person and/or others at risk of harm
2.5Observe and record person's medication in the context of behaviour likely to put the person and/or others at risk of harm
2.6Participate in the development of an individual response plan by providing accurate records of observations


3. Provide support to the person to use positive and adaptive responses

Performance Criteria:

3.1Follow strategies identified in the individual response plan
3.2Communicate with positive interactions
3.3Monitor strategies to determine effectiveness in developing and maintaining positive and adaptive responses
3.4Monitor strategies to determine reduction of risk of harm to the person and others
3.5Monitor strategies to determine level of intrusion on person's dignity and self-esteem


4. Complete documentation

Performance Criteria:

4.1Comply with the organisation's reporting requirements
4.2Complete documentation according to organisation policy and protocols
4.3Maintain documentation in a manner consistent with reporting requirements
4.4File documentation organisation policy and protocols

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will acquire the knowledge and skills to observe, analyse and address the needs of clients who present with behaviours of concern. Positive support for clients who have significant communication and behavioural needs is a critical aspect of work in services for people with intellectual disabilities. Certificate IV in Disability Work includes a field placement in a community disability service of 200 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this unit will be further developed during the field placement. The communication links and aspects of this unit will be addressed via the unit CHCDIS411C to be delivered in weeks 1 - 14 of the semester.

Teaching Schedule

Week Topics
10 Course introduction, assessment tasks, tools used in behaviour support, links with communication supports and plans
11 Field Placement preparation - student roles, responsibilties and strategies for managing difficult situations.
12 Field Placement
13 Field Placement
14 Field placement review - reflection and discussion on what has been observed in practice in disability and community agencies
15 Analysing observations and data - patterns and triggers, positive solutions and ethical considerations, behaviour support plans
16 Reporting and recording behaviour - professional, accurate and objective language, the effects on clients, families and carers
17 Community based supports and strategies - consistent and ethical work practices across all settings
18 Review - student reflections and discussions on how to be positive, empathic and ethical in your practice

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be guided to relevant government and non-government sources of information and legal and policy frameworks such as the Department of Human Services (DHS) website, Office of the Senior Practitioner, Disability Services Commissioner, Office of the Public Advocate. Agency policy and practice documents will also provide important guidance for students on Field Placement and in their work in the field.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include a number of assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

There are four assessment tasks in this course.

1. Scenario response: Using information in a scenario to develop a Personal Communication Dictionary to support communication and positive behaviour.

2. Field Placement: Behavioural observations using ABC Charts, measures of frequency, duration, intensity and written descriptions of incidences of behaviours of concern.

3. Written analytical report: Using the task 2 data collection to identify patterns of behaviour, triggers and reinforcing responses.

4. Written Action Plan: Using the task 3 data analysis to identify strategies and solutions linking daily activities, communication strategies and behviour support

Assessment Matrix

A detailed assessment matris will be available from the course teacher.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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