Fan Favorite! ETHICS! Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Recent Advances in Applied Behavior Analysis Research -12/18/18

Fan Favorite! ETHICS! Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Recent Advances in Applied Behavior Analysis Research

Presented by: Professor Peter Sturmey, Ph.D

Date: Tuesday  December 18, 2018  Time: 6:00-9:00 pm EST

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Restraint and other restrictive behavior management practices are widely used in many contexts. Despite calls for reducing and eliminating restraint and other restrictive procedures, little attention has been given as how to do so. This CE event will review the ethics and the APA, BCBA and TASH ethical statements on restraint and seclusion functions of restraint, the person restrained, and the person restraining the other. The presentation will also review a variety of recently published evidence-based approaches to reduce restraint and other restrictive behavior management practices. These include reducing the target behavior that occasions the use of restraint by using evidence-based practices; effective staff training and supervision; and interventions such as function-based interventions, restraint fading procedures and empirical evaluations of the most effective and least intrusive form of restraint. This workshop goes beyond doctoral level training in Psychology in that it (a) addresses the specific issue of restraint which is typically not addressed in great detail; (b) reviews recent research (Sturmey, 2015); and (c) addresses the use and management of restraint in multiple populations.

Learning Objectives

Participants will describe:

  • Ethical considerations and the use of restraint and seclusion
  • The content of the ABAI and TASH Restraint statements
  • Studies identifying the functions of restraint;
  • and Evidence-based  practices that safely reduce restraint.



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6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Presentation begins
7:30 pm: 10 minute break
7:40 pm: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
7:45 pm: Presentation resumes
8:35 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
9:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes



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Presenter Bio:

Professor Peter Sturmey 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 specialized 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 is the resident speaker at ABAC and Chief Scientific Officer at Long Island ABA.

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 law. There he supervised behavioral services and Masters 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, 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, Luxemburg 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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