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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W48
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Medication Boot Camp: A Behavior Analyst's Guide to Medications and the People Who Prescribe Them
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: James Chok, Ph.D.
ANNA MARIE DIPIETRO (Melmark), ELIZABETH DAYTON (Melmark), JENNIFER QUIGLEY (Melmark), TIMOTHY NIPE (Melmark), JAMES CHOK (Melmark Pennsylvania), ART GLENN DOWDY (Melmark), SAMANTHA SARIN (Melmark)
Description: This workshop will provide an in depth review of psychotropic medication classes with a focus on how to evaluate the effects of medications from a behavior analytic perspective. Educational content will be presented by a psychiatric prescriber with experience working with both behavior analysts as well as individuals with high risk challenging behavior. This workshop will focus on medication education, competency based evaluations of knowledge acquired, and experimental analysis of psychiatric interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to role play with a prescriber in groups facilitated by BCBAs currently working within an integrated model with a prescriber. Examples will be provided from the existing literature as well as case studies from a residential treatment facility. A guide to operationally defining effects of psychotropic medications will also be provided.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) understand classes of psychotropic medication, intended uses, potential side effects, and other considerations as applicable to clinical practice; (2) communicate effectively with prescribers, including presenting relevant behavioral data and engaging in meaningful and productive discussion; (3) utilize single-subject design in collaboration with prescribers to assess relevant behavior and medication effects
Activities: Instructional strategies include: lecture addressing medication education and relevant background information by a prescriber; competency quizzes and activities related to medication education provided, discussion targeting group experience and barriers to effective communication and collaboration; modeling of effective communication between the prescriber and behavior analysts; small group breakout sessions in which participants will role play effective communication with a prescriber with oversight by medication prescriber and behavior analysts; role play exercises to assist in the behavior analytic experimental analyses of psychiatric interventions, supplemental materials including a reference guide to medication information presented and handouts to guide practitioners in the discussion of relevant data with prescribers.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop includes behavior analysts, clinicians, and related practitioners who interact with medication prescribers including psychiatrists and nurse practitioners or anyone interested in learning about psychotropic medications, their use in applied settings, and how behavior analysis can enhance prescribing practices.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): collaboration, medication, psychiatry, psychopharmacology

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