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12th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2018
Invited Paper Session #5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/QABA/NASP
Behavioral Skills Training: Recent Trends and Implications for Practice
Monday, February 5, 2018
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Peter Sturmey, Ph.D.
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University)
PETER STURMEY (The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York)
Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York. He is also resident speaker at the Applied Behavior Analysis Center; Director of Research at Long Island Applied Behavior Analysis; Consultant for the Instituto Walden, Rome, Italy; and a member of the Scientific Committee of The Italian Association of Applied and Basic Behavior Analysis, Italy. He gained his Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990–2000 as Chief Psychologist at Abilene and San Antonio State Schools during a Federal class action law. Professor Sturmey has published 26 edited and authored books, over 200 peer reviewed papers, over 60 book chapters and over 270 presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil and Italy. He has an active lab of mostly working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He specialized in autism and other developmental disabilities; especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training He has recently expanded his interests to include research on violence and aggression in a wide range of contexts.
Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is a skills training package consisting of instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback. Originating in psychotherapy training to teach accurate empathy, researchers have used it in many contexts, including services for individuals with autism. This presentation will review the components of BST; the range of target behaviors; its effectiveness in changing behavior in Tier 1 (supervisor), Tier 2 (caregivers) and Tier 3 (individuals with autism). The presentation will then identify issues in making BST more efficient, including maximizing generalization of Tier 1 and Tier 2 skills training, teaching multiple skills, and reducing training time. Future directions for research and practice will be outlined.
Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the rationale for using BST; (2) Identify the four components of BST; (3) Describe evidence for the effectiveness of BST for all three tiers; (4) Describe three ways to make BST more efficient.
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