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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W31
CE Offered: BACB
Trauma-Informed ABA
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Saundra Bishop, M.S.
Description: Best practices around Trauma Informed Care have been difficult for our field to adopt and, as a result, have made it difficult to fully support our clients who have experienced trauma events. By looking at trauma events as a setting event, we can create interventions that are Trauma Informed and can better support our clients who may be in foster care, in family preservation programs, or who have experienced other trauma situations. By doing so, we meet our ethical obligations to ensure we are treating the true function of the client's behavior when trauma events are involved. We will also explore how this can be applied to our clients in the COVID-19 world. BASICS ABA Therapy, LLC has been using this model for 7 years and has been giving trainings on it for 5. In this advanced workshop, we will learn to recognize what a trauma event is, how trauma events can function as a setting event, and what interventions can be put in place to address these events.
Learning Objectives: Objectives At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Attendees will be able to recognize and define a trauma event (2) Attendees will be able to define how trauma events can function as a setting event (3) Attendees will be able to apply interventions to create Trauma Informed antecedent and consequence interventions (4) Attendees will be able to teach replacement behaviors that target the unique functions that maintain behavior for people who have experienced trauma events. (5) Attendees will apply the knowledge in the workshop to real cases to develop an intervention for one behavior
Activities: This workshop is a combination of lecture, small group "pair and shares", videos, handouts, guided practice, and case studies.
Audience: Who is this for? -BCBAs working or interested in working with populations that have had exposure to trauma events (example: co-morbid diagnosis of PTSD, children in foster care or family preservation programs, children who have experienced medical trauma) Prerequisite skills: Firm grasp on setting events and antecedent interventions addressing setting events. Firm grasp on replacement and alternative behaviors addressing setting events
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): abuse, foster care, PTSD, trauma informed



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