Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W29
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
Function-Based Restorative Justice Practices for Client Harm Reduction
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Rancho Santa Fe 3
Area: PRA/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Worner Leland, M.S.
WORNER LELAND (Upswing Advocates), JANANI VAIDYA (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Description: When encountering a crisis situation, helping professionals may have legal and ethical responsibilities that seem to be in conflict with one another. For many helping professionals some degree of mandated reporting exists as a part of their professions'ethical guidelines, and many places of employment have crisis policies in place that involve calling the police. In the United States, an estimated one third to one half of people killed in police shootings have had physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities (Perry & Carter-Long, 2016), and the intersections of clients'identities may heighten this danger. Punitive measures including and up to the involvement of law enforcement often do not account for behavior function and do not focus on habilitation or training functional replacement behaviors. Function based restorative justice practices can be one meaningful way to reduce harm to clients in situations of crisis. This workshop will provide an overview of restorative justice and will examine ways in which helping professionals can incorporate alternate interventions in moments of crisis to reduce risks and benefit their clients as much as possible. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available, and audience questions and discussion will be welcomed throughout the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) state which guidelines in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2014) are applicable to restorative justice, (2) state the key components of behavior escalation and best practices for intervention, (3) describe the costs and risks of punitive crisis intervention practices, (4) state the critical components of engaging in restorative justice practices, and (5) apply strategies from restorative justice models to reduce client harm in a case study.
Activities: Activities will include: Pre/post quizzes, lecture, small group discussion, FreeWrite exercises, and worksheets.
Audience: Audience: BCBA-D, BCBA, BCaBA, RBTs, or those training to be any of these who are interested in building their competence around the topic of function based restorative justice. Teachers, therapists, and other helping professionals are also welcome to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): behavior function, deescalation, restorative justice, transformative justice



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