PETMA(Professional Ethical Therapeutic Mindful Approach)

PETMA™ (Professional Ethical Therapeutic Mindful Approach) stands as an guaranteed Irish, human rights-based behaviour support model, meticulously crafted to adhere to HIQA's regulations for supporting service users who may encounter verbal or physical distress. PETMA™ adopts a proactive stance, focusing on averting service users' distress through rigorous modules designed to foster an understanding of the challenges inherent in living with disabilities and their impact on comprehension and communication abilities.

Transformative Behaviour Support

Drawing upon positive behaviour support principles and rooted in a psychodynamic framework, PETMA™ undergoes a comprehensive Expert Training Needs Analysis (ETNA) with each new commissioning organisation. This process ensures that the programme is custom fit to the unique requirements of each service, fostering a collaborative partnership.

Our model offers a suite of dynamic, transformative behaviour-changing modules, complemented by practical tools to build frontline staff’s capacity and resilience in supporting service users when they become distressed. Central to PETMA™ training is an exploration of stressors, rapport building, preventative strategies, triggers, functions, and factors that sustain distress, alongside instruction in de-escalation techniques such as empathy, understanding, and collaboration. This comprehensive approach empowers staff to cultivate meaningful relationships, guiding service users toward a state of calmness.

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Upcoming Courses - 

National Institute for Intellectual Disability Services are delighted to announce that PETMA™ (PROFESSIONAL ETHICAL THERAPEUTIC MINDFUL APPROACH) Train the Trainer Programme Level 1 is available now!

  • A Human Rights Based Approach to Supporting Residents When Distressed.
  • Update your skillset and get one step ahead
  • BILD Certified
  • Restrain Reduction Network Accredited
  • Developed exclusively for the Irish
  • Health & Social Care Services

Next available dates are as follows:

Dates: April 25th, 26th and May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2024
Closing date 15th of April but would be great to let me know in advance of your intent to take places.
Venue: Springfield Hotel Leixlip. Co. Kildare
Interested – If you would like to apply please complete the application form by clicking this link - 

Please note it will be subject to eligibility criteria*


For more information on PETMA contact our Team!

Call us on 01-9630112 or email


Online Learning (eHub)

Our online EHub provides over a 1100 self-paced, multi-media bite size training programmes set against our Competency Professional Development Framework, available here at Your Fingertips.

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