The life-skills training method called Positive Behavioural Interventions (PBIS) is used by doctors, therapists and social workers to keep people on their best behaviours. PBIS teaches people to manage their emotions, to understand their body’s cues so as to avoid situations in which they are easily angry; to communicate clearly and respectfully to people who are not as sensitive or intelligent as themselves; and to learn to express a positive and healthy smile.
Where do life coaches work?
Some psychologists, psychologists, teachers in schools and other professionals rely on PBIS as a part of their school programme. Others, particularly people who work for or with the justice system, also use the approach. A recent BBC documentary on how positive behaviour intervention works, which focuses on one of the life coaches interviewed for the programme, featured the life coach telling the story of how he had turned a criminal from psychopath into a productive member of the community by following and practising this particular life-skills approach.
The PBS documentary also features Life Coach Dr David Nutts talking about the importance of following and practising this positive approach in a child’s life, rather than using the coercive techniques often used in schools.
Where did the idea for the programme come from?
The idea for a children’s programme about positive behaviour and how it can change a child’s behaviour came from Dr Tony Goldwyn, the editor of the children’s children’s book, Life Changes in the Child, (Dove Books, 2009).
How big of a role is positive behaviour in young people’s upbringing?
Children often have low levels of trust in other young people and are more likely to give children that which they cannot trust. The programme helps young people improve their relationship with their parents for a variety of reasons, from teaching young people how to behave more self-respectfully, to making them more attentive to the needs of others and not to them.
How do people with mental disorders access the programme?
If you or someone you know needs support, talk to a programme specialist who can help you find out more.
The programme will be available for free in every part of the UK and Ireland, but we may need to raise money to cover the cost of any additional extras, such as travel, meals and equipment.
Who will produce the programme?
The programme will be produced by the National Child Protection Team (NCCPT) based in Cambridge, supported by a team from the National Agency for