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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W45A
CE Offered: BACB — 
Providing Behavior Analytic Interventions in a Trauma-Informed Environment: Enhancing Supervision, Assessment and Risk Analysis
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Geneva
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D.
Description: Behavior analysts are increasingly tasked with providing or supervising "trauma-informed behavior support", with persons with severe aversive histories and backgrounds. These conditions require effective systems support, collaboration and risk documentation and analysis, as well as the rigorous application of behavior analysis in a setting often unfamiliar with it. Behavior analysts attempting to expand their boundaries of competence may find themselves having violated our field’s own Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, if not familiar with the important ethical and legal standards specific to this sensitive population. Workshop participants will be supported using a variety of tools and practices firmly rooted in the literature, to create their own package of “trauma-informed” resources upon leaving the workshop. Participants will practice in a variety of ways including applying roleplay, modeling, and feedback to realistic scenarios and case studies, applicable across settings from collaborations with social services and educational settings to clinical, medical, and mental health environments. Strategies and tools will be demonstrated for supervisor level behavior analysts interested in taking these resources immediately into their practice settings, enhancing their supervision, risk analysis, assessment documentation, and treatment.
Learning Objectives: 1. State factors that help determine whether a client with "traumatic background" is within our boundary of competence, related to their repertoire, needs, and risks 2. Provide examples operationalizing and translating terms used in trauma informed teams, to insure appropriate collaboration and communication with non behavioral team members 3. State ethical components of effective supervision, documentation, assessment and treatment for cases involving significant adverse experiences, consistent with the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture, tool demonstration, guided practice, roleplay, and group discussion.
Audience: Advanced
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): aversive conditioning, ethics, supervision, trauma-informed



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