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Behavior Management Programs and Behavior Training

Behavior management programs training.
These strategies allow staff to prevent and safely intervene with individuals engaging in maladaptive behaviors.

Behavior Management Programs and Behavior Training Overview

Haugland Behavior System (HBS) is a crisis intervention and behavior management program developed by behavior analysts to train front line staff in evidence-based strategies.

These strategies allow staff to prevent and safely intervene with individuals engaging in maladaptive behaviors. The crisis intervention curriculum trains staff on a continuum of theory, prevention, non-crisis interventions, and crisis interventions to maintain safety in schools, mental health centers, and social services agencies.  

HBS is a crisis intervention and behavior training system rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many other crisis intervention and behavior management programs primarily focus on de-escalating a crisis situation by any means necessary.

Although this maintains safety, this may not be the best approach for individuals who have a history of exhibiting unsafe behaviors. HBS approaches crisis intervention from the perspective of maintaining the safety and dignity of the individual and staff involved but also uses evidenced-based interventions to effectively change future behavior.  

How It Works

HBS is a twelve-hour behavior training program, usually completed over two days. Six hours of HBS crisis intervention and behavior training covers topics in four main areas:

Basics of ABA Theory  
  •  Identifying and understanding behavior
  •  Using positive reinforcement to increase desired behavior
  •  Assessing the function of behavior
Preventatives  
  •  Non-violent communication
  •  Effectively building relationships
  •  Verbal de-escalation strategies
  •  Avoiding traps
Interventions  
  •  Verbal interventions
  •  Confronting oppositional behavior
  •  Reflection techniques
  •  Student self-management
Staff Skills  
  •  Self-management in a crisis
  •  Mindfulness in a crisis
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How It Works (Cont.)

All skills are taught and practiced during the behavior training through modeling and activity- based learning. Participants receive feedback from the instructor on their performance in demonstrating these skills.

The topics are presented without the use of jargon and will be accessible to all staff. Although the material will be presented in an accessible manner for participants, it should be noted the use of all interventions is supported in the literature.

The HBS physical interventions were designed to flow from least to most restrictive with ease and fluidity.

The physical interventions taught to staff can be tailored based on an agency’s specific needs and client make-up. HBS crisis intervention and behavior training offers staff training in the following types of physical interventions:  

  •   Safe ways to escort an escalated individual.
  •   Safe ways to physically intervene with an escalated individual while standing.
  •   Safe ways to physically intervene with an escalated individual while seated/staff kneeling.
  •   Safe ways to physically intervene with an escalated individual on the floor.

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Staff must pass a comprehensive written test as part of a two step process.

HBS Certification

Certification in the behavior management program is a two-step process in which staff must pass a comprehensive written test and demonstrate the ability to perform all HBS physical interventions as taught by the instructor.

Individuals must be recertified annually by completing six hours of additional training over the next 12 months. HBS offers flexibility in how and when these hours are accrued.

The HBS crisis intervention and behavior training can be done with your staff on site or at the HBS training office facilitated by a HBS Trainer.

HBS does offer a Train-the-Trainer program for agencies preferring to have a member(s) of their staff to conduct the behavior management programs training.