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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W24
CE Offered: BACB
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Trauma Informed Care - Ensuring the Well-Being of Our Clients
Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 7
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Erica Robin Wilson, Ph.D.
ERICA ROBIN WILSON (Monarch Learning Group, Lincoln County School District)
Description: There has been an increasing acknowledgment among many health service disciplines that the impacts of early childhood trauma should not be overlooked and must be considered when developing effective treatment plans. While the field of ABA has not been a leader in this discussion, there has been a strong interest among ABA providers to integrate Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles into their work. This workshop will discuss how ABA practitioners can effectively include core TIC concepts in developing their assessment and treatment plans. These concepts will be discussed through the lens of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on early brain development, how to mitigate these effects and ensure the well-being of our clients. The possibility of ethical dilemmas that may result if TIC is not included in the development of our treatment plans will also be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Name 3 consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences on early brain development and how these can effect individuals throughout their lives. 2) Describe how ABA providers can and should incorporate important aspects of Trauma Informed Care into their assessment and treatment processes. 3) Understand 2 ways that ABA providers can help reduce/prevent the possibility of "retraumatization" in their work and ensure the well-being of their clients.
Activities: This workshop will combine a lecture format, with group discussion, video demonstration, small group activities, and reflective circles to teach core content. Supplemental one page handouts including overviews of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), trauma informed care and ABA, and how to commit to becoming a trauma informed ABA provider will be provided. Links to additional resources, current research, and access to the presentation for workshop participants will also be provided.
Audience: This workshop is designed for professional behavior analysts who have already had bachelor’s level (BCaBA) or master’s level (BCBA) coursework in behavior analysis. This workshop is also appropriate for professionals from other disciplines who have a commensurate level of coursework in their respective fields.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): ACEs, Early Intervention, Ethics, Trauma

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