Positive Behavior Supports

Welcome Home Community Services provide therapeutic consultation in the community through a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behavior. Our person-centered behavioral support services are provided by a licensed therapist targeting the identified goals of the individual. The licensed clinician utilizes Functional behavior assessments (FBAs) to clearly describe behaviors, identify the contexts (events, times, and situation) that predict when behavior will and will not occur, and identify consequences that maintain the behavior. They also summarize and create a hypothesis about the behavior, directly observe the behavior and take data to get a baseline. The positive behavior support process involves goal identification, information gathering, hypothesis development, support plan design, implementation and monitoring.

In order for techniques to work in decreasing undesired behavior, they should include: feasibility, desirability, and effectiveness. Strategies are needed that teachers and parents are able and willing to use and that affect the child's ability to participate in community and school activities. Positive behavior support is increasingly being recognized as a strategy that meets these criteria. By changing stimulus and reinforcement in the environment and teaching the child to strengthen deficit skill areas the student's behavior changes in ways that allow him/her to be included in the general education setting. The three areas of deficit skills identified in the article were communication skills, social skills, and self-management skills. Re-directive therapy as positive behavior support is especially effective in the parent–child relationship. Where other treatment plans have failed re-directive therapy allows for a positive interaction between parents and children. Positive behavior support is successful in the school setting because it is primarily a teaching method (Swartz, 1999).[full citation needed]

For referrals, contact:
Ruthe Laurore, QDDP, LPC, NCC,
Office: 804-458-5500
E-mail: administration@welcomehomecs.org
Admission Criteria

  • Any consumer seeking counseling supports to address issues they are having difficulty managing and or who has been referred to services due to recent hospitalizations, crisis supports, and or other reasons as associated with maladaptive behaviors.
  • Consumer must be a willing participant in treatment and engage appropriately.
  • Consumer must not be presenting any symptoms requiring inpatient hospitalization such as: active psychosis, including hallucinations or delusional behavior, homicidal or suicidal ideation or severe self-injurious behavior requiring hospitalization or immediate medical attention.