- The RAID® Course for working with Challenging Behavior -

28 modules


Dr William Davies



The RAID® course is a relentlessly positive approach for tackling disturbed and challenging behaviour at source: it is a leading approach which well over 20,000 professionals have completed . It is a comprehensive system which teaches professionals a philosophy and practice not only to deal with disturbed and challenging behaviour when it occurs, but also to prevent it by nurturing positive behaviour targeted to displace the disturbed and challenging behaviour. Team members feel pleased to share a unified system and to know what they are doing and why they are doing it, while clients delight in a relentlessly positive and empowering approach.

The APT has mastered the delivery of RAID training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Very informative and well presented. I appreciated the way the material was chunked into manageable, discreet, modules and the resources look useful. Thanks."

RAID training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"A great course for teams."

As the author of the approach and with a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using RAID, and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the weight of the topic.


"Very engaging, exciting and humorous. Thoroughly enjoyable and relatable to everyday life as well as in the professional setting."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to RAID, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or want to pioneer the introduction of such a positive and energising approach to your colleagues, this course is for you. It can be studied by teams or individuals, see below.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



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The RAID® Course aims:

  • A clear, positive, philosophy and technique for working effectively with disturbed and challenging behaviors.

  • Provides interventions with a clear sense of purpose, and benefits to everybody.
  • Shows how reinforcing key aspects of a client's behavior can eliminate disturbed and challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrates how to reinforce behavior effectively.
  • How to make social reinforcement work. How to design formalised yet 'friendly' reinforcement systems. Avoiding reinforcement 'traps'.
  • Knowing the 4 key types of appropriate behaviors, and how to spot them.
  • Why we are best to play down disruptive behavior.
  • Why punishment usually doesn't work.
  • What to do when disruptive behavior cannot be ignored. For example, when it is damaging or life-threatening to other clients or staff, crucial non-physical interventions.
  • How to avoid people 'pushing against us' when we are trying to influence them and how to guide their behavior for the better - for their benefit and for the benefit of those around them.
  • How good rules or 'boundaries' for behavior are productive and energising while bad ones are a short-cut to endless trouble. What makes the difference between good and bad.
  • What to do when clients exhibit so many challenging behaviors that it is difficult to know where to start.
  • What to do when it seems that some sort of punishment is unavoidable.
  • How to create and establish a proper RAID Care Plan that you and your colleagues can use.

In 3-days you will cover a great deal:

  • Why it is so important to have 'a philosophy of care'. Why (a) punishment and (b) extinction don't work. How the RAID® approach is radically different from both the above.

  • What is meant by... 'routine green behavior'? ... 'extra-ordinary green behavior'? and ... behavior that is 'green, but not quite the shade of green I had in mind'? Why it is important to know.
  • When a professional says they have 'tried everything' with a client, what powerful category of influence have they usually failed to try?
  • How some professionals discourage green behavior when they think they are encouraging it.
  • How to influence people at the deepest levels of their brain.
  • Why working on clients' problems often results in exaggerating those problems, and what to do instead.
  • Thousands of people are victims of 'the punishment spiral'. How does this come about and how can we reverse the spiral?
  • How to have clients behave to their best limits, without necessarily even addressing their disturbed and challenging behavior directly!
  • What's so special about you that makes you good to work with disturbed and challenging behavior. There is an answer!
  • Rules and 'boundaries' are an important, if rather sterile concept. How can you bring them to life in a way that both clients and professionals welcome?
  • What makes the difference between standard criticism and constructive criticism, and how can we keep our criticism constantly constructive and, therefore, effective?
  • Why is this statement probably untrue and how should we capitalise on the real truth of the situation: "We find that whenever Sue harms herself she's had an argument with her boyfriend just before: every time they have an argument, she harms herself."?
  • What should we do when we come across clients who exhibit so little appropriate behavior that they are very difficult to work with?
  • We need to balance the client's past, present and future. But - if you're working with disturbed and challenging behavior - which is most important? Why? How can you build on that?
  • Often, the disturbed and challenging behavior is to communicate something. How can we tell what, and how should we respond then? Possibly more important, what should we not do?
  • What other functions may the behavior be serving? "The challenging behaviour is not the problem, it is the patient's solution; the real problem is to find a better solution."
  • What can you do when disturbed and challenging behavior happens? We have two good options, but it's important to chose the right one!
  • Practise what you preach. How to RAID® yourself.
  • Disturbed and challenging behavior is normally very wearing both for the client and for the professional. How to cope with the 'feelings' side of things.
  • What your team can do to immediately transform its impact.

What The RAID® Course will do for you:

  • You will have a clear philosophy on how to view disturbed and challenging behavior. A philosophy which allows you to intervene positively and effectively to minimise its occurrence.

  • You will see how that philosophy applies not just in your work, but in your private life too. After all, it is a philosophy, not just a technique.
  • You will gain a clearer perspective on what you already do, seeing more clearly why some actions you take work, and others don't.
  • You will see that it is possible to have a positive approach to working with disturbed and challenging behavior, an approach which is both clear and effective.
  • You will know how to work out the function of problem behavior, and to help find a better way of achieving that same function.
  • You will be better at reinforcing others, you will be more aware of the positive actions and traits they display.
  • You will know why consideration of the future is so important in general, and especially in this area.
  • You will be able to ask positive, constructive questions, ones which have answers which nurture and develop people rather than focusing on their 'problems'.
  • You will know when an issue needs addressing, and be better at addressing it.
  • You will be able to use specific techniques for resolving dangerous or threatening situations.
  • You will be able to construct a powerful positive RAID Care Plan, and put it into practice.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organization's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

Welcome and Intro
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Developing a philosophy of care
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Two philosophies are fatally flawed
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The RAID Approach
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Notice Green Behaviour
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The Broader View
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Reinforcing green behaviour
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Asking, and answering, green questions
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Relevant neuroanatomy
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Higher Order RAIDing
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The relationship
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Talk Green not Red
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Activating the brain's inhibitory system
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Rules and Expectations
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Breaking out of the punishment cycle
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Planning and achieving a good future
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Functional analysis
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Ignore or minimally intervene
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Addressing the Issue
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Highlighting good role-models
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Punishment, Sanctions and 'Consequences'
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The RAID Behaviour Support Care Plan
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Practice Based Evidence
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But what about us
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Activating RAID in your workplace
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What have you earned from completing this course?
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Added about 1 month ago, by Josiah
I really enjoyed taking this course. I learned so much and it really challenged me in good ways. I can't wait to implement this further in my line of work.
Added 4 months ago, by Anonymous
What I learned from this course will be very helpful for when I'm consulting with teachers.
Added 9 months ago, by SANDRA
this was a very well informed course
Added about 1 year ago, by
Amazing course!!! So glad that I took the leap and completed it!!
Added about 1 year ago, by Valeria
Excellent course! I cannot wait to apply these principals in my program!
Added almost 2 years ago, by Kami
Thank you for this amazing information
Added over 2 years ago, by Alice
really useful
Added over 2 years ago, by maureen
very interesting and helpful for my present position in mental health ,challenging behaviour with acquired brain injury rehab setting
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
I found this course very eye opening and hope to use it with my staff and clients.
Added about 3 years ago, by Roger
Informative and decisive. I enjoy the positive ideology especially with such taxing and under appreciated work for working in settings of challenging behaviors

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