Challenging behaviour and intellectual disability.

A position paper by the Irish College of Psychiatry

Faculty of Learning Disability Psychiatry

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This months MBAF Journal Club will be a discussion of the Irish College of Psychiatry’s position paper entitled Challenging Behaviour and Intellectual Disability. 

Date: November, 21st, 2019 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Location: online a link to the meeting room will be sent to registered participants.  

Number of Type 2 CEU’s: 1

Description of type 2 CEU Event:

Published in May 2016, the College of Psychiatrist’s position paper on the treatment of challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disabilities is a very welcome addition to the literature on best practice in this area.  

This position paper is aimed at psychiatrists in Ireland working with people with an intellectual disability. The psychiatrists may be working within voluntary organisations, the HSE or MHID teams. 

This position paper is of particular interest to behaviour analysts.  Firstly since behaviour analysts are named and secondly since a number of behaviour analytic terms and behavioural analytic assessments are recommended.  

This months journal club, invites professionals, working in or with an interest in challenging behaviour and intellectual disabilities to join us for a discussion on the college’s position paper.  

Attendance Procedure: Sign in and Sign out with active participant responding and a feedback questionnaire.

Total event fee per participant:  5 euro

Names of Event instructors: The discussion will be chaired/facilitated by Alan Tennyson BCBA.

The event covers the following behaviour analytic content:

The College of Psychiatry guidelines pertain to interventions and support for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges. It highlights the importance of understanding the cause of behaviour that challenges, and performing thorough assessments so that steps can be taken to help people change their behaviour and improve their quality of life.

BCBA’s in attendance will be asked to consider and report on where these guidelines are congruent with the BACB Fourth Edition Task List and where they differ.  Other professional in attendance will be asked to review the position paper in respect of their own professional, guidance in this area (where that is available)

Event is designed for: BCBA-D, BCBAs, BCaBAs and professionals engaged with this population.

Event Level: Intermediate / advanced (BCBA / BCBA-D & BCaBA)

Learning Objectives for participants:

  1. Participants will read the position paper Challenging Behaviour and intellectual disability. A Paper by the Faculty of Learning Disability Psychiatry
  1. Each participant will be asked to discuss two or more of the twelve principal recommendations
  2. We recommend that participants review the BACB Fourth Edition Task List prior to attending


  1. Safeguarding
  2. Prescribing 
  3. Person-Centred Care
  4. Working with people with ID and challenging behaviour, and their families and carers
  5. Delivering effective care
  6. Staff training, supervision and support
  7. Organising effective care
  8. Support and interventions for family members or carersRS OR CARERS
  9. The assessment process
  10. Risk assessment 
  11. Medication
  12. Interventions for sleep problems

Participants will be asked to provide a critical appraisal of the guidelines

This discussion group aims to;

  1. develop participants skills identifying conceptually systematic interventions (4.01, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)
  2. confirm that participants are ‘maintaining competence in the skills they use by reading appropriate literature.’ (1.01, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)
  3. confirm that participating behaviour analysts have reviewed and appraised the literature with respect to ethical behaviour (2.09, Professional & Ethical Compliance Code for Behaviour Analysts)

Each participant will be asked to come prepared to provide a verbal report on the content of two or more of the twelve principal recommendations and to answer questions from other participants on the contents.  Following this, a discussion of the topic will be facilitated/chaired by the identified facilitator. The facilitator will ensure that each participant contributes to the discussion.

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Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum

The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum exists to disseminate evidence-based and scientifically rigorous solutions to our shared human concerns. We promote behavioural science embedded in core principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis, including human rights, the centrality of human dignity and the abolition of coercion in the social contract.

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