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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W51
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Relaxation Training: Etiology and Management of Stress, Anxiety, and Problem Behavior in Special Populations
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John M. Guercio, Ph.D.
JOHN M. GUERCIO (Benchmark Human Services)
Description: This training will cover the etiology and incorporation of Behavioral Relaxation Training as it applies to the assessment and training of relaxed behavior. This training will be compared with mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques with respect to efficacy, evidence base, and clinical outcomes. The Behavioral Relaxation Scale (BRS) will also be covered along with a tutorial on scoring with the BRS and determination of which areas of relaxed behavior need to be targeted. The role of multi-modal assessment will be presented in the context of BRT as it compares to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), mindfulness training, and a host of other relaxation and stress reduction techniques.
Learning Objectives: Participants will select different measures of relaxation and the form that they have taken as they have been introduced historically. Participants will identify the role of observational, motoric and other modalities as they apply to relaxed behavior. Participants will match the areas of the Behavioral Relaxation Scale (BRS) as they apply to assessing relaxed behavior.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice, video observation, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of behavioral relaxation and strategies will be provided as they apply to specific populations of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Supplemental materials for assessing relaxed behavior will be provided in order to support participant learning.
Audience: Attendees should be familiar with some rudimentary strategies targeting relaxation for clients with special needs. Attendees should be able to articulate through operational definitions the behavior that they are targeting to address through the use of behavioral relaxation training (BRT).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Anxiety, Autism/Adults, Relaxation Training, Stress



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