ITaBW for Professionals and Providers

We will be running the next round of the Professionals and Providers Program in 2024.


 Is There a Better Way for Professionals and Providers.

Is There a Better Way for professionals and disability providers delves into a deeper understanding about why people may show us that they are finding it hard in life, to control their actions, are stressed, distressed or dysregulated. All behaviour is meaningful, so let's take some time to explore possible meanings before we can build support that meets their underlying needs. Informed by contemporary human rights, relationship, regulation and neurobiological lens' we take people on a journey to unpack our understanding of people's experiences and what is important to meet people's needs and implementation of supports.

We finish our discussion by briefly looking at how to partner with families and individuals, recognising that good quality support looks at the wellbeing of all people including the person and their support network.

Developed by the Microboard's team including Debbie Lobb, developer and lecturer of the Post Graduate Certificate Unit at Edith Cowan University - Behaviour support for people with complex needs and Jaquie Mills, sector leader in individualised, rights based disability support, this course brings a contemporary lens to the concept of Positive Behaviour Support.  It brings together information from both our successful support for people and families through our Is There a Better Way program for families and core concepts also discussed and shared in the Edith Cowan University Post Graduate Certificate and is informing our development of post graduate qualifications at Curtin University. 

Throughout this course we talk about and plan for support from a person centred, neurodiverse affirming and wellbeing approach, allowing professionals and providers to establish a cultural lens of embedding support in everyday practice to meet people’s needs and therefore increase the wellbeing of the people we support and a reduction in behaviour that can concern others.

It provides the platform for our lens and understanding about people and the meaning behind behaviour to inform our everyday practice, team reflection and the support we provide to others.


What will we cover?

A brief snapshot of course content includes:

  • Understanding the meaning of behaviour – the neuroscience behind regulation and wellbeing, when do we need to adjust support and why?
  • When our needs are not met – understanding our universal needs and impact of having a disability
  • The lens’ and assumptions we apply to understanding behaviour
  • Applying a human rights, quality of life and wellbeing lens to our planning
  • Supporting needs and reducing stress – unpacking underlying needs and embedding support
  • Co-regulation – planning and responding across a co-regulation framework
  • Crisis co-regulation
  • The impact of our lens’ on planning and documentation
  • Partnering with families and support networks

We are currently taking Expressions of Interest from professionals and providers which may include; behaviour support practitioners, allied health professionals, disability service coordinators or practice leaders.

The cost of the program is $1250 + GST = $1375.

This is a robust program that brings families, professionals and providers together to learn, reflect and share knowledge and experiences. On enrolment we will send a course outline and process for engagement which will vary across the course dependent on course content.

In summary, course participants can expect:

Weekly continuous learning (approx. 2 hours per week Fridays 9 - 11am), both live and online webinars. Live sessions will be accessible to view later at people's own pace if you cannot make the session.

Each live session will include facilitated discussion and coaching around course content and real life application.

A members course area where all course content is accessible to view and review for 12 months.

3 dedicated sessions for reflective practice where we explore our understanding of the people you support and therefore support needs.

Workbooks, templates and tools to use in your ongoing work with individuals, families and support networks.

Enrolled participants have the option of booking in personal coaching sessions.


This equates to approx 50 hours of learning and course content!

Our courses are capped at small groups of participants so we can connect on a more personal level with participants to facilitate discussion and share experiences. If you don't get in this time around, we will run this program again, so please send in your EOI of interest either way so we can keep you updated. Once you've registered your interest, we will contact you to let you know some more details about the course and the link to enrol.

Before we leave you, please scroll to the bottom of the page for some things professionals have had to say about our approach, courses, our work and what we offer to professional practice.

You may also like to review the intro video about this course before deciding if it is for you.


Please submit your Expression of Interest using the form below


"I am so grateful for all that I have learned.. while also very aware that there is so much more to learn in regards to how we support individuals with complex needs. Thank you so much for guiding me on this learning journey and sharing your knowledge and experience with me. I am excited to apply what I have learned and support others on their own learning journey."

"The learning of the content for this course has been transformational in my understanding of behaviour; challenging or otherwise. For most of my career, I have provided ‘interventions’ to clients. I previously worked in the role as a positive behaviour support practitioner (PBSP), and I have realised that my understanding was unrefined and lacked depth about how positive behaviour support (PBS) processes addressed behaviour support. Now I have a greater understanding of behaviour from a needs-based perspective as part of a co-regulation framework. I am incredibly grateful for this learning."

"Overall, I believe this course has transformed the way I will respond to challenging behaviours moving forward. I’m so grateful to have completed this and I hope that I have the opportunity to use this knowledge in my practice going forward, knowing that systems change is the hardest of all."

"I feel I have been learning an art form working and learning from you. Working with Microboards is a real change from working with other organisations who speak the language of values and human rights but don't apply this in practice.  Microboards live and breathe person centred practice in every facet of what you do. Seeing people as people is at the centre of everything and the evidence is there of support that truly works."