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Understanding & Supporting People whose Behaviour Challenges Others - HEA00115I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Michael Wolverson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support people with learning disability who have challenging behaviour and their carers. The module will allow students to explore the causations of challenging behaviour and an appropriate range of interventions.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the wide range of potential organic, environmental and psychological causations of behaviour in relation to the practice environment.
  2. Explore the potential communicative function of behaviour.
  3. Outline a range of person-centred approaches and specific interventions.
  4. Examine the role of the learning disability nurse in relation to supporting people with behaviour that challenges others.
  5. Explore a range of contemporary methods of service delivery for people with challenging behaviour and identify the impact of these on service users.
  6. Outline the importance of multidisciplinary and multi agency working when supporting people with challenging behaviour.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Bouras, N. and Holt, G. (2007). Psychiatric and behavioural disorders in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Emerson, E. (2011). Challenging behaviour: analysis and intervention in people with intellectual disabilities. 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gates, B., Gear, J. and Wray, J. (Eds.). (2000). Behavioural distress: concepts and strategies. London: Balliere Tindall.
  • Caldwell, P. (1998). Person to person: establishing contact and communication with people with profound learning disabilities and extra special needs. Brighton: Pavilion.
  • Gates, B. (Ed.). (2006). Care planning and delivery in intellectual disability nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Kroese, B., Dagnan, D. and Loumidis, K. (1997). Cognitive therapy for people with learning disabilities. London: Routledge.
  • Priest H. and Gibbs, M. (2004). Mental health care for people with learning disabilities. London: Churchill Livingstone.

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