Ethics! Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Research and Practice Trends 2013-2018 – 10/10/19

Ethics! Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Research and Practice Trends 2013-2018

Professor Peter Sturmey

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, 10/10/19
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm eastern (New York)

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Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices (RRBMPs) refers to procedures that restrict movements such as personal, mechanical and pharmacological restraints, environmental barriers and other restrictions on movement. Such practices are usually considered undesirable because of the right to freedom of movement, including movement in community settings, associated stigma, and safety issues for the client (including death) and persons doing the restraining. Although long recognized as undesirable, many services continue to use RRBMPs and fail to take effective actions to eliminate their use and keep clients, staff and family members safe. ABAC’s previous webinar reviewed the basics of the literature and practice on RRBMPs, their safe reduction and the roles that ABA can take in that endeavor. This webinar will provide a five-year update on this literature.

During 2013-2018 there have been five types of studies. These include studies on (1) ethics, professional practice and legal developments; (2) the prevalence and risk factors for RRBMPs in individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities; (3) case studies on the treatment of aggression, pica and other problem behavior that places individuals at risk for RRBMPs; (4) organization-wide interventions with data on long-term implementation; and (5) a handful of studies on families and restraint. This webinar will update guidelines for behavior analysts in the treatment and management of RRBMPs.

Learning Objectives:

The learner will identify developments regarding the use of RRBMPs related to: 
1. Ethics, professional practice and legal aspects of RRBMPs;
2. The prevalence and risk factors for RRBMPs;
3. Organization-wide interventions for safe reduction of RRBMPs; and
4.. Use and reduction of RRBMPs in families


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II ETHICS CEs LIVE OR RECORDING
  • Psychologists:  3 ETHICS CEs LIVE OR RECORDING
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors:  NA
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


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10:00 am: Introduction

10:05 am: Presentation begins

11:30 am: 10 minute break

11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat

11:50 am: Presentation resumes

12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat

1:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form.


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Professor Peter Sturmey, ABAC resident speaker, is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools during a Federal class action lawsuit. There he supervised behavioral services and master’s level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs. Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, and over 60 book chapters. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.



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