SEBD Course

SEBD. Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulties Course Syllabus

Course Contents

Here's an outline of what you will learn.

Module 1 - Defining SEBD

What is SEBD? - What are examples of SEBD? - What are the different sorts of?

  • Social difficulties
  • Educational difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties


Module 2 - Identifying SEBD Behaviours

What SEBD behaviours are displayed in school and at home?

  • Bullying
  • Being bullied
  • Attention seeking
  • Failing to complete tasks
  • Poor educational attainment
  • Risk-aversion
  • Low self worth
  • Age-inappropriate sexualisation
  • Self-harming
  • Aggression
  • Vandalism
  • Suicide


Module 3 - Psychology Of SEBD

How does SEBD relate to childhood and adolescent psychology? - Why do children do what they do? - What are the theories of behaviour?

  • Attachment theory
  • Significant others
  • Role modelling
  • Cognitive development
  • Emotional development
  • Self image/self esteem
  • Communication
  • Needs theory (Maslow)
  • Effects of deprivation
  • Abuse: physical, sexual and emotional trauma.


Module 4 - Causes Of SEBD

What are the causes of SEBD?

  • Dysfunctional families
  • Lack of effective role-models
  • Substance abuse
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Dyslexia
  • ASD
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Other learning difficulties
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • None of the above


Module 5 - Assessing & Diagnosing SEBD

How to identify children with SEBD? - How to assess them objectively, and grade their difficulties?

  • The Butler Self-Image Profiles (SIP)
  • The Boxall Profile
  • The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
  • The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)


Module 6 - Working With SEBD

How are schools affected by SEBD? - How can schools respond to SEBD? - What strategies are there for SEBD?

  • Maximising classroom learning and reducing exclusions
  • Inclusion
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Helpful models of treatment/intervention
  • Effective child care
  • What interventions and approaches can you use?
  • How to create positive change?
  • How to improve behaviour and classroom achievement?
  • What tools and methods can be used?
  • CBT/Counselling
  • Classroom layout and design
  • Teaching skills, differentiation, behaviour management
  • Praising
  • Developing coping skills
  • Engaging the family
  • Drug therapy


Module 7 - Ethical, Legal & Organisational Issues


  • What are the issues surrounding equal opportunities and SEBD?
  • What are the issues surrounding confidentiality and identification of children?
  • What agencies are typically involved with SEBD?
  • How is theory applied when working with children, families, colleagues and other agencies?
  • What is the role of "Child Protection Officers" (CPOs) in schools and local authorities?
  • What are the responsibilities of CPOs? - What are recent legislation and guidance frameworks for education and child-welfare?
    1. Every Child Matters (ECM)
    2. Removing Barriers to Achievement
    3. 0-25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice
    4. Getting it Right for Every Child GIRFEC)
    5. Additional Support for Learning Act
    6. What differences of approach are there in countries such as UK, USA, South Africa?