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PDA Society training

The PDA Society offers a suite of training options, which we deliver both directly and on behalf of other organisations such as schools, colleges and residential settings; local authorities; adult/child care homes; in and out patient hospital departments; social work, healthcare and community support teams; therapy teams; autism charities and support groups etc. – please email us for further information or to make an enquiry*.

In this video, various organisations explain why they sought training from the PDA Society and how our training benefitted their staff and the PDA individuals they support.

Please note that the PDA Society courses are delivered by training facilitators with valuable first-hand experiences of living and working with PDA.

For details of our current courses please see our training and events calendar.

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PDA Society online training courses

Whilst our usual face-to-face training remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re pleased to announce that online courses are now available for:

Working with and supporting PDA children – 1.5-2 hours

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

This basic introductory session looks at: What is PDA?, demands, helpful approaches, educational good practice and where to go for help.

Understanding PDA for Educators – 3 hours (1 session or 2 x 1.5-hour sessions)

Available as twilight or inset day training and suitable for educators working with young people aged between 5-16yrs within mainstream, SEN or autism specific schools. Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

This course includes information on: Legal duties, what is PDA?, demands, how PDA can feel, reasonable adjustments, helpful approaches (including ideas for the classroom), collaborative problem solving, children as learners, demonstrating progress and finally looking at resources and where to go for additional help.

Understanding PDA for Parents/Carers – 5 hours (2 x 2.5-hour sessions)

Written specifically for parents and carers of children up to age 18yrs. Families with young people aged 18yrs+ are very welcome to join the course but due to time constraints we’re unable to cover more specific adult approaches and ideas. Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

This course covers: the key features of a PDA profile, demands, the effects, helpful approaches, anxiety, rewards/praise & sanctions, collaborative problem solving, siblings, diagnosis, transition to adulthood, education, resources and where to go for help as well as interactive activities/discussions.

Helpful Approaches – a workshop for parents/carers – 4 hours

COMING SOON
Further details to follow.

Understanding PDA – adult care – 5 hours (2 x 2.5-hour sessions)

This course is suitable for those working within adult residential settings or social care. Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

This course includes information on: the key features of a PDA profile, demands, how PDA can feel, helpful approaches and strategy development including: looking at what helps, good support, collaborative problem solving, resources and where to go for help. Where appropriate we also invite a PDA adult to join one session and answer questions from delegates.

Working with & supporting PDA adults – 4 hours

This course is suitable for those working within adult residential settings or social care.

The course is very similar to our 5 hour programme, but it is not essential to watch the 20min introductory video prior to attendance and approaches and ideas shared are covered in less detail and with fewer interactive exercises.


We also list some events run by third parties. We’re currently developing an accreditation process for third party trainers – please email training@pdasociety.org.uk if you run PDA training and would be interested in your courses being listed. The PDA Society takes considerable care to check the services that we signpost, however, we’re not responsible for the quality, experience or outcomes from the third party organisations.

*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 days.