This Systems section includes resources regarding implementing positive behavior support universally or within or across groups, organizations, or communities in which people with behavioral support needs function.  It includes policy statements, manuals, and standards.  Click on the name of each resource below to be redirected to it.

Positive behavior support at a systems level retains the same features described in other sections of this website, with these features being implemented at multiple levels (see graphic on “What is PBS” section).  The features include:

  • engaging multiple stakeholders through collaborative teaming
  • assessing variables that may be influencing behavior
  • employing proactive, educative, and functional strategies
  • data-based decision making
  • an emphasis on improving quality of life of individuals and the climate within systems.

Guides for Organizational Systems Change

Positive Behavioural Support Academy-  This site was put together by a collection of organizations based in the United Kingdom.  A comprehensive framework for competency based PBS is described.  Includes resources (Free).

Key Performance Indicator Tool to Monitor PBS Service Provision A checklist for management and policy staff to check for the delivery of specific PBS based services.  Can be found on the Positive Behavioural Support Academy website (free).

An Instrument for Screening Programs and Practices for Adoption – Developed by Judy Smith-Davis, Ph.D.  A user friendly tool agencies can use to determine if a new program or practice is right for their organization to put into place (free). 

Papers Describing Systems Change Efforts

Missouri Interagency Multi-Tiered System  – A paper put out by the Missouri Interagency Positive Behavior Support Statewide Team that describes the states model for PBS implementation from the individual level to a statewide level.  Includes information about collaboration between the education department and human services department (Free).

Handbook of Positive Psychology and Developmental Disabilities: Translating Research into Practice Shogren, K., Wehmeyer, M. & Singh, N. (2017).  A book that contains multiple papers focusing on positive supports to address issues across the lifespan and in various societal contexts (available for purchase).

Standards and Ethics

Arc US PBS Position Statement – The Arc was established 65 years ago by families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This paper is this advocacy organizations position statement regarding the use of positive behavior support.

APBS Standards of Practice – The Association for Positive Behavior Support is a group of people from various backgrounds (families, teachers, practitioners, and many others) that are committed to the application of positive behavior support in various community and program settings.  This paper is the associations standards for practice for positive behavior support implementation.

APA Ethics Code – The American Psychological Association represents educations, researchers, and clinicians around the county.  This link will take you to the current code of conduct and ethical guidelines for practicing psychologists.

Behavior Analysis Code of Ethics – The Behavior Analyst Certification Board oversees the certification of behavior technicians, assistant behavior analysts, behavior analysts, and doctoral behavior analysts.  This link will take you to the current code of conduct and ethical guidelines for certified behavior analyst practitioners.