Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: BACB
Trauma Informed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Practical Tools and Skills for Treatment Planning and Implementation
Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Saundra Bishop, M.S.
Description: Behavior analysts focus on observable and measurable behavior and direct function. This can make it difficult when trauma informed strategies seem counter to our assessments. However, if BCBAs and other providers that create behavior plans look at trauma events as setting events, they can create sensitive and effective interventions, which support all clients, including those who may be in foster care, school programs, or even simply living through COVID-19. In this Workshop, we will explore how to identify Trauma Events, interventions targeting Trauma Event Setting Events (TESE), interventions targeting teaching Trauma Informed Replacement Behaviors, and interventions addressing Trauma Informed Consequence Procedures. In this workshop we will focus on learning about Trauma Events and the research supporting its effect on the lifespan and then we will move to an in-depth review of Trauma Events as Setting Events. We will then discuss trauma informed replacement behaviors, trauma informed consequence procedures, and how this can interact with fight/fight/freeze responses. This workshop is interactive and will result in a draft treatment plan.
Learning Objectives: -Attendees will be able to recognize and define a trauma event and define how trauma events can function as a setting event -Attendees will be able to apply interventions to create Trauma Informed antecedent and consequence interventions -Attendees will be able to teach replacement behaviors that target the unique functions that maintain behavior for people who have experienced trauma events. -Attendees will be able to recognize and define a fight, flight, and freeze responses and how to respond behavior analytically
Activities: Format includes powerpoints, discussion, pair and share, videos, and worksheets
Audience: This presentation is specifically for BCBAs working or interested in working with populations that have had exposure to trauma events. These clients may have a co-morbid diagnosis of PTSD, be in foster care or family preservation programs, or have experienced a different type of trauma event including COVID-19. Attendees should have a firm understanding of ABCs and antecedent interventions.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced



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