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Mr Tony Osgood



I joined the Tizard full time in August 2006 prior to which I worked in the NHS as a Specialist Psychologist in Learning Disability & Challenging Behaviour and as a Behaviour Specialist within a peripatetic NHS challenging needs service for a period of 7 years.
My interests include mindfulness, person centred planning, positive behaviour support, communities of practice, autism and organisational influences on human service outcomes.


Apart from teaching on Under & Post-Graduate Tizard programmes, I have taught short and longitudinal programmes for a variety of organisations (private, local authority, health) on learning disability, autism, active support, rapport and positive behaviour support. I am a full-time Lecturer at the Tizard Centre. I have written on a variety of topics in a number of articles and book chapters. I teach primarily on the Certificate in Person Centred Support, Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support, Graduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis and post-graduate courses. I also teach Social Psychology module SP601: Understanding People With Learning Disabilities.

I am responsible for student recruitment and give a taster session each year, giving potential students the opportunity to experience what we have to offer at Tizard.

"Learning To Listen: Partnership & Person Centred Support in Challenging" pdf Taster Session 2013

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My recent publications include a series of accessible articles for Paradigm-UK and book chapters on person centred planning and the role of Nurse Specialists. I also contribute a regular column to the Challenging Behaviour Foundation newsletter.



Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Osgood, T. (2017). Advocating for Advocacy. Tizard Learning Disability Review.
Osgood, T. (2012). Commentary on 'In celebration: living a lifethrough Positive Behaviour Support'. Tizard Learning Disability Review [Online] 17:76-79. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2004). "Suit you, sir?" : Challenging Behaviour in Learning Disability Services. Paradigm [Online]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2003). Never Mind The Quality Feel The Width: Person Centred Planning Implementation & Developmental Disability Services A polemic of unease . Paradigm [Online]. Available at:
Book section
Osgood, T. (2009). Challenging Behaviour: The Contribution of Nurse Specialists. in: Learning Disability Nursing Practice. London: Quay Books, pp. 327-360. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2005). Managing the Tensions between the Interests of Organisations and Service Users. in: Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 51-66. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Osgood, T. (2017). Every Generation Must Fight the Same Battles Again & Again: Remembering All The Variables? Why Subjective Should Be The New Objective. in: BILD 2017 PBS Conference.. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2017). Ancient Wisdom? What we think we know about supporting families during Positive Behaviour Support. in: BILD Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support - Coaches Network. British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
Internet publication
Osgood, T. (2017). What I Think About When I Talk About Autism [PDF]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2013). Counting Stuff: Numbers Can't Tell Us Everything [pdf]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Words [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Just Because [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Unreasonable Adjustments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). A Long and Bumpy Ride [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). A Pannacotta Fable [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2011). Howdy Partners? [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Competent Environments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Pulling Together [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2010). Learning to Listen [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Stress! [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Breaking News [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2009). Time Out or Time In? [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2008). Tying Ourselves In Knots [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2008). Challenging Provision [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Distilling Challenging Behaviour [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Presumed Capable [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2007). Back to Basics [pdf newsletter]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2006). 'Still Hurting: What Jane Did Next' Serviceland, Commissioning & Monitoring: A Triad of Impairments [pdf article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2005). "Falling on Deaf Ears": Self-Harm, Self-Injury and Ourselves: Different Rules? [PDF article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2004). "Doing It For Attention": Non Physical Reactive Strategies [PDF Article]. Available at:
Osgood, T. and Marks, B. (2002). Positive Behaviour Support: An Information Resource for the Subscriber Network [newsletter/article]. Available at:
Research report (external)
Osgood, T. (2008). Medication's What You Need?. [Online]. Challenging Behaviour Foundation. Available at:
Osgood, T. (2012). Book Review. Tizard Disability Learning Review 17:199-199.
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]


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I consult on organisational change and review, positive behaviour support, active support and have run a series of successful short courses and training events for organisations and communities around the UK.

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Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

Telephone: +44(0)1227 827373 or contact us

Last Updated: 26/05/2016