Courses & events for education professionals

We offer a suite of training options for education professionals, including live & CPD accredited courses which we deliver on various dates throughout the year and on behalf of other organisations such as schools & residential settings; post 18 education provisions; and local authorities. We also host Q&As and provide pre-recorded webinars and videos on various topics.

Further details are available below or, to quickly navigate to a specific training option, please use the following links:

Live coursesQ&A Live eventsQ&A recordingsRecorded WebinarsFree webinars & videos

We are also able to offer a 60–90-minute online consultation, for up to 5 education professionals, to work through perplexing situations involving young people in their setting with a PDA profile. For more information on this service including cost please email: training@pdasociety.org.uk

Live courses

Our live courses are delivered either in-person or online via Zoom (we can also deliver training for organisations via Microsoft Teams if preferred), by our training facilitators who have valuable lived experience of PDA as educators, PDAers themselves, parents, carers and family members. 

Our CPD accredited courses are marked with the ‘CPD certified’ logo.

Each course we offer includes the following general content:

  • what is PDA?
  • demands and their effects
  • how PDA can feel
  • helpful approaches (including collaborative problem solving)
  • signposting to resources & support

These themes are then developed with additional material included depending upon the course – detailed below.

Please note: any legislation/diagnostic approaches discussed are related to England unless stated otherwise. Education programmes are also available covering the Welsh education system, please ask for details.

If you aren’t sure which course is the right one for you, have any questions about any of our courses or would like to enquire about costings or making a booking on behalf of an organisation, please email* our training team at: training@pdasociety.org.uk

Courses we’re currently offering for education professionals include:

PDA for Educators

CPD accredited courses

3-4 hour programmes (delivered as inset day training or 2 x twilight sessions).

Suitable for educators working with young people aged between 5-16 years within mainstream, SEN or autism specific schools. In-house programmes also available to include alternative provisions.

Additional material: legal duties, reasonable adjustments, children as learners, ideas for the classroom and demonstrating progress.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Tickets for upcoming public course dates are available below.

Working with & supporting PDA children (education, health & social care) – introduction

CPD accredited courses

1.5-2.5 hour programmes

Aimed at education settings that would prefer an overview rather than more in-depth training but suitable for all professionals (education, health & social care) supporting PDA children aged between 5-16 years.

Additional material: educational good practice.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Tickets for upcoming public course dates are available below.

Working with & supporting PDA adults in education – introduction

CPD accredited courses

2-3 hour programmes

Suitable for educators working with post 16 learners looking for a general overview.

Additional material: PDA considerations, good support, self-help ideas.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Working with & supporting PDA children (school with residential setting)

3.5-4 hour programmes

Suitable for educators working with young people aged between 5-16 years within SEN or autism specific schools with an attached residential setting.

Additional material: reasonable adjustments, children as learners, successful placements.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

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What is PDA?

2.5-3 hour programmes

Introductory session discussing PDA, including an opportunity to ask questions to a PDA Adult.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Dates for next public course to be announced here soon.

Working with & supporting PDA young people & adults

3.5-4 hour programmes

Suitable for all professionals supporting PDA young people and adults.

Additional material: teenagers & adults; distressed behaviours; individual needs; inclusive support

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Tickets for upcoming public course dates are available below.

Q&A Live events

Our online Q&A Live sessions invite guest speakers to answer questions about PDA and specific topics live via Zoom. We are delighted to be able to offer these sessions for ‘free’ thanks to a generous grant from the Openwork Partnership. Links here are available for the live session only. The Q&As will be recorded but you will need to register separately for the recording after the event via the PDA Society training hub. Each new recording will initially be ‘free’ but will become a ‘paid resource’ after a total of 500 live & recorded registrations have been received so please do act quickly! 

Questions can be submitted at the time of booking and/or via the Zoom chat function on the night.

It may not be possible to answer all questions depending on the numbers attending and the amount of questions asked. Also it won’t be possible to answer specific questions on personal situations within these Q&A sessions – if you require support please contact our enquiry line.

New Q&A Live events to be announced soon

Q&A recordings

We have replays of our past Q&A sessions, where guest speakers answer questions about PDA and specific topics, available to purchase for 30 days by clicking or tapping on the images below.

Already purchased a Q&A recording? Please sign in to the PDA Society training hub (using the same login method used to make the purchase) to access the recording via your dashboard. For further information about using the PDA Society training hub, please refer to our user guide.

The Importance of Diagnosis

Q&A recording. `Importance of Diagnosis

Selective Mutism

Q&A recording. Selective Mutism

Navigating Distressed Behaviours Pt. 2

Q&A recording. Navigating Distressed Behaviours Part 2

Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Q&A recording. Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Safer PDA Panel Guidance

Q&A recording. Safer PDA Panel Guidance

Education Other Than At School

Q&A recording. Education Other Than At School

Effective Provision for PDA Learners

Q&A recording. Effective Provision for PDA Learners

Working with young people or adults in education

Q&A recording. Working with young people or adults in education

Education in conversation with Jilly, Libby & Kym

Q&A recording. Education in conversation with Jilly, Libby & Kym

Transitions into college and work

Q&A recording. Transitions into college and work

Sensory Processing

Q&A recording. Sensory Processing

Navigating distressed behaviours

Q&A recording. Navigating distressed behaviours

Gaming

Q&A recording. Gaming and the benefits

Sleep

Q&A recording. Sleep

See all Q&A recordings

See all Q&A recordings

Recorded Webinars

In addition to our live training opportunities we are pleased to now offer recorded webinars exploring a variety of topics.

These are available to purchase for £10 each and that will provide you with access to the webinar for 30 days

Working with PDA children in education – an overview

See all recorded webinars

FREE webinars

The following pre-recoded webinars, videos and podcasts which may be of interest to education professionals are free to watch by clicking or tapping on the images below.

Introduction to PDA

What is PDA?

Demand Avoidance of the PDA Kind

PDA & masking

PDA & school avoidance

Best practice – the professional voice

Best practice – the PDA community’s voice

See all free webinars

If you aren’t sure which course is the right one for you, or have any questions about any of our training, or would like to enquire about costings or making a booking on behalf of an organisation, please email* our training team at: training@pdasociety.org.uk

*Please note: our emails can sometimes be filtered into junk/spam/social/promotions folders – please check yours if you haven’t heard back from us in your inbox within 3-5 working days.