Person-Centred Holding Skills

The training is designed to offer learners both pro-active and reactive strategies when supporting people with behaviour that challenge services. There is a theoretical and practical element to the course that teaches learners to focuses on least restrictive practices and the use of physical interventions and strategies, with the emphasis on the physical intervention skills to be used as a last resort (Positive and Proactive care DOH 2014).

    Target Group

  • People who come into contact with individuals exhibiting aggressive and behaviours that are challenging.
  • Social Workers, Foster Carers, Personal Assistants, Independent and Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff working in Care Homes

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the philosophy which underpins violence and aggression
  • Identify behaviour that indicates an escalation towards aggressive and violent behaviour and take appropriate measures to avoid and/or de-escalate crisis situations
  • Assess the level of risk associated with crisis behaviour and make appropriate decisions related to management of such risks
  • Understand how the use of a Positive Behavioural Support plan (PBS) can help in the reduction of behaviours that are challenging
  • Demonstrate strategies in supporting individuals with behaviours that are challenging
  • Demonstrate the use of suitable and acceptable holding skills to support individuals when delivering personal support
  • Use a person-centred approach with individuals when managing crisis situations to achieve positive outcomes
  • Understand how to apply the principles of person-centred holding skills as a last resort to support individuals in a non-restrictive manner
  • Transfer the de-escalation skills learnt from the training course into the relevant environment
  • Identify and understand the impact of crisis events and describe post crises responses which can be used for support and learning

Training Level

  • Advanced - All participants will be continuously assessed on their ability to use the physical intervention techniques taught throughout the training


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  • 3 Days (This course can be tailored for your organisation)

Refresher Courses

  • 1 Day Yearly

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We work with people with challenging behaviour and brain injury excellent techniques to take back and use on the ward.
Be confident and use techniques appropriately.
Good to know about how we look to minimise and reduce how we restrain patients especially our older people with dementia.
The experience gave me an insight to the variety of threatening issues faced when working in a hospital with people with challenging behaviours and skills to help us deal with those issues.
The trainers adapt the course for all levels of experience and knowledge so everyone benefits from what is taught and its fun.