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

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Workshop #W59
CE Offered: BACB — 
Safe Assessment and Treatment After Adverse Experience: Using Evidence- and Function-Based Strategies in a Trauma-Informed Environment
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Regatta ABC
Area: PRA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D.
Description: Behavior analysts are increasingly tasked with providing "trauma-informed support" in educational, clinic based, day treatment, hospital and other settings. However, behavior analysts may be unprepared to collaborate effectively, document and manage risks, and apply behavioral principles appropriately to this population. Participants in this workshop will be armed with resources, tools and initial training that prepares them to discuss trauma and aversive histories in behavioral ways, collect data meaningful to behavior change in this sensitive population, and expand their repertoires to leverage their behavior analytic skills to support persons and their families who have faced adverse experiences. Workshop includes guided support and practice to generate individualized materials supporting individuals, families and teams who need trauma-informed behavioral support in home, educational and clinic settings. Participants will receive and practice using tools use to support ethical functional behavior assessment, risk documentation and assessment, and development of function- and evidence-based behavioral strategies that take into account an individual's conditioning and reinforcement history related to adverse events and previous environments. This workshop also discusses risks of local functional assessments that avoid assessing or documenting historical contributions, and strategies for supervising trauma cases in ethical ways consistent with the Task List and Ethical Compliance Code.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop,participants will be able to: (1)state some clinical differences between the repertoires of clients and caregivers in populations with and without evidence of adverse childhood experiences; (2)state examples operationalizing terms related to trauma and trauma history from a behavior analytic perspective; (3)state critical elements of ethical behavioral supervision supporting cases after traumatic backgrounds; (4) state critical features of documentation and assessment of risk for teams that support cases after significant adverse experiences; (5) name key features of an ethical functional behavior assessment for clients whose families are affected by adverse experiences; (6) state key features of a preventative schedules approach to behavior support after adverse experiences, in the context of evidence based interventions; (7) list ways the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code relates to appropriate assessment and treatment for clients affected by trauma; (8) use tools provided to identify and engineer example features of a preventative behavioral environment (and related behavior strategies) for case studies with abuse and neglect related history; (9) use tools provided to document and discuss risks for case studies with medical related aversive events.
Activities: Activities will include surveys, lecture, discussion, choral responding, small group discussion, role plays, and case studies. Objectives will be met through a mixed presentation of discussion, self-scoring, lecture and role play demonstrations of responding to case study scenarios. Supplemental materials will be provided so that participants will be able to review all surveys and tools after they leave the workshop.
Audience: This intermediate workshop is suggested for participants who are asked to, are considering, or are already accepting clients with a history others call trauma-related or whose care is discussed as trauma-informed. Participants' clients are not discussed in detail, but information will be provided to familiarize certified behavior analysts with minimizing and documenting risks, using appropriate techniques for completing ethical behavior assessment and supervision, and identifying evidence-based treatment for their own clients and teams. A model for ethical supervision and treatment after aversive histories will be discussed in the context of the current BACB task list and Ethical and Compliance Code. Participants will be encouraged to self-detect their own limitations and needs for further expanding their repertoires, to minimize risk to those affected by their practice when conducting behavior analysis with individuals after adverse experiences
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): aversive conditioning, ethics, trauma, trauma-informed



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