Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Introduction to Acquired Brain Injury for Behavior Analysts: Clinical-Behavior Analysis in Neurorehabilitation
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom C
Area: CBM/BPN; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph N. Ricciardi, Psy.D.
JOSEPH N. RICCIARDI (Seven Hills Foundation; Seven Hills NeuroCare)
Description: Brain injury represents an emerging area of practice for behavior analysts (Leblanc, Heinicke, Baker, 2012). Current estimates suggest that over 3.2 million Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury non-traumatic brain injury each year (Centers for Disease Control, 2010). Many will require long-term care and support in community-based programs. Research supports that behavior analysis has much to contribute toward the effective treatment and support of individuals with brain injuries (Heinicke, Carr, 2014). For example, the brain injury literature includes behavior analytic strategies for re-learning basic life skills, learning new compensatory skills, managing behavioral challenges, and training support staff. In order to serve this population, behavior analysts will need to integrate their specialty with the contributions of neurology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, and other disciplines. This workshop will provide an overview of functional neuroanatomy, brain-behavior relationships, the common forms of brain injuries, and strategies and recommendations for implementing behavior analytic-based practices in neurorehabilitation programs. Examples of comprehensive behavior support plans, goals selection, skills development, and outcomes monitoring with this population will be reviewed as well. This workshop provides an introduction to this emerging practice area, with guidance on increasing knowledge, competence, and further study.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) define acquired brain injury and discriminate from other neurologic dysfunction; (2) discriminate traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury; (3) describe the primary and secondary injury progression in cases of traumatic brain injury; (4) describe six primary brain structures and their localized functions; (5) describe basic neuropsychological functions and their role in behavioral presentations; (6) list best practices in skill development programs for people with acquired brain injuries with application examples; (7) integrate neuropsychological findings with traditional behavior assessment; (8) describe the three core elements of a multi-component behavior support plan for individuals with acquired brain injury.
Activities: Core content will be taught through combination of lecture, exemplar programs (handouts), illustrative visuals (MRI, CT, DTI, and other neuroimages), and video demonstrations.
Audience: Intermediate. This content is intended for an audience with some familiarity with brain injury, and interested in entering a new population practice or understanding broader applications of clinical behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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