Low Arousal Online Training

Studio III has been providing training in the use and application of the Low Arousal Approach for three decades. Professionals, support workers, carers and family members have been able to access workshops focusing primarily on practical, non-confrontational approaches to supporting individuals who experience significant stress and present behaviours that may be difficult to manage.  Training has encouraged support providers to focus on the person rather than the behaviour and try to understand the underlying causes of the behaviour, rather than viewing it as a problem that needs to be solved.  Course participants are also introduced to a range of proactive and reactive strategies as well as being given opportunities to reflect on their own behaviour and how this may impact the behaviour of others.  Time is also devoted to the development of effective coping strategies that can help support providers manage their own stress and anxieties around the individuals and behaviours they work with.

As a result of current restrictions on travel and gatherings it is not possible at present to deliver Low Arousal Training in the traditional face to face format.  Studio III is able to access the Zoom (and other platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex) platform to deliver the key elements of the programme.


Low Arousal training is available in a number of formats:

1)     Introductory programme – Live, webinar-based training

2)     Advanced Low Arousal Training: Small group interactive training delivered online in small groups of up to 12 people

The Low Arousal Approach emphasises a range of behaviour management strategies that focus on the reduction of stress, fear and frustration. These strategies are put in place in order to prevent aggression and avoid creating crisis situations. The low arousal approach seeks to understand the role of the ‘situation’ on behaviour by identifying triggers and using low intensity solutions to avoid punitive consequences for individuals with additional needs.

The low arousal approach has been proven to enable practitioners to defuse crisis situations within a variety of settings through early identification and intervention. 

1. Foundations of Low Arousal – Basic Introductory Programme

This introductory programme is designed for two distinctive groups. First, existing organisations that use the Studio 3 Low Arousal Managing Signs of Stress/Behaviours of Concern programmes, who require a basic introduction for new staff that can be delivered rapidly. We should stress that this is an enhancement of their existing in-house programmes rather than a replacement. The second group are people who have never experienced Low Arousal or Managing Signs of Stress (formerly called Managing Challenging Behaviour) training and are looking for an entry level, basic introduction to the course. Individuals may then want to explore and experience our full online programmes.


Course Structure


This introduction consists of 2, 1 and a half hour workshops through Zoom, consisting of an hours presentation and half an hour discussion. The sessions will be delivered consecutively with a break in between.


Session 1 - Introduction to the Low Arousal Approach


Session 2 - Practical Application of the Low Arousal Approach to a Range of Settings




3.5 hours delivery time in total. Sessions are available fortnightly on Fridays from 11am. To book, please contact admin@studio3.org directly.

Morning Session 

11am - 2.30pm

Evening Session 

5pm - 7pm

Friday 27th Nov

Friday 8th Jan

Friday 11th Dec

Family Session



£30 per person (price includes an eBook of The Reflective Journey).



CPD certificate will be electronically awarded upon completion of both sessions.

2. Small Group Training – Advanced Low Arousal Training

Live, interactive, small group Low Arousal training for up to 12 people per session is available for individuals who have completed the introductory course, either online or in person at an earlier date. This programme is a more in-depth exploration of the Low Arousal Approach and its practical application, and is split into the following three modules:


Module 1 - Understanding stress, arousal regulation and co-regulation

Module 2 - Understanding the Low Arousal Approach

Module 3 – Managing Meltdowns: Proactive versus Reactive Measures and Crisis Management

Module 4 – Reflective Practice: Challenging Our Own Assumptions and Beliefs about Behaviour


This course is delivered in 3.5 hours including breaks, with each module containing a presentation from half an hour to 40 minutes. To book a place on this course, please contact us directly at admin@studio3.org and 01225 334 111. 

Course Dates

Friday 4th December

Friday 15th


Friday 29th




£40 per person (including VAT)

Minerva Mill Innovation Centre

Station Road


B49 5ET