Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB
Managing Sexually Harmful Behaviour Presented by Children and Young People With Developmental Disabilities
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom B
Area: DDA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Duncan Pritchard, Ph.D.
DUNCAN PRITCHARD (Aran Hall School), HEATHER PENNEY (Aran Hall School)
Description: Sexually harmful behavior (SHB) presented by children and young people (CYP) with intellectual and other developmental disabilities presents a significant challenge for those behavior analysts providing assessment, treatment, prevention, and ongoing monitoring programs for this vulnerable population. This workshop is based on an established multi-component behavioral intervention (Pritchard et al., 2012; 2016) comprised of a points-and-level system, activity planning, skill teaching, psychotherapy, sex and relationships education, and behavior contingency contracting. The program has been correlated with reductions in SHB (and other severe problem behaviors) with concomitant increases in educational attainment, independent living and vocational skills, and community participation.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop,participants will be able to: (1) identify the risks involved when working with CYP who present SHB; (2) design individualized behavior support plans; (3) use data to help inform the decisions necessary to limit the likelihood of treatment relapse; (4) ethically manage SHB across home, school, and community settings.
Activities: Lectures, large and small group discussions, review of case histories and critical incidents, developing risk assessments, activity schedules, behavior support plans, behavior contingency contracts, risk-benefit analyses, and collecting and presenting data.
Audience: Behavior analysts who (a) work directly with children and young people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who present sexually harmful behavior, and (b) behavior analysts who train and/or manage direct care staff working with these vulnerable clients.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Data-based decisions, Ethics, Sexually-harmful behavior



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