WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours (8)

WEL206 discusses positive behavioural support for younger people with intellectual disability and older people with dementia with distressed or 'challenging' behaviours. Students will select one or other group. The subject will adopt a critical and holistic biopsychosocial approach to understanding the functions of behaviour, its relationship to communication, and the social, environmental, psychological, economic, political and personal impacts on human behaviour in relation to vulnerable people from these groups. The subject explores concepts including creating enabling environments, positive communication, values and ethics, the social impact of stigma and labelling as well as how we can provide positive support to the client and family. Specific concepts of care and tools for assessing and working with behaviours of concern are critically evaluated.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL206. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the bio-psycho-social model of healthcare intervention and its role in challenging behaviours.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of behavioural principles.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of behavior as a means of communication.
  • be able to appropriately utilize the terminology of behaviours of concern, challenging behavior and positive behavioural approaches
  • be able to demonstrate the skills to facilitate positive behaviours as a primary approach to practice and utilize behavior management as a secondary approach to issues of behaviour.
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of, and ability to utilize a range of behavioural change models.
  • be able to assess the respective roles of behavioral, social, environmental, psychological, economic, political and personal aspects as influences on behaviour.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the potential roles of staff interaction as an influence on challenging behaviour.
  • be able to utilize the concepts of functional analysis, functional assessment and the use of charting (ABC - Antecedent Behaviour and Consequence) as tools for predicting, understanding and analyzing behaviours
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the potential impacts of challenging behaviours on staff, organizations and family caregivers.
  • be able to appropriately utilize ethical, human rights and legal perspectives in own practice in relation to behaviour change.


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Orientation to learning about facilitating positive behaviours
  • Topic 1 -Challenging Behaviour - Core Concepts.
  • Topic 2 - Challenging behaviours - Definitions
  • Topic 3 - Approaches to Intervention
  • Organisational Context
  • Family caregivers
  • Values and Ethics and Duty of Care

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL206 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Consumer participation, choice and behaviour
Behaviours of concern - case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.