Reducing Harm to Clients: Function-Based Restorative Justice Practices -8/14/18

Reducing Harm to Clients: Function-Based Restorative Justice Practices

Presented by: Worner Leland, MS, BCBA and August (Fawna) Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D, Upswing Advocates

Date: Tuesday 8/14/18 Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm eastern

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When encountering a crisis situation, helping professionals may have legal and ethical responsibilities that seem to be in conflict with one another. For many helping professionals some degree of mandated reporting exists as a part of their professions’ ethical guidelines, and many places of employment have crisis policies in place that involve calling the police. For many individuals in crisis, this situational vulnerability makes calling the police a dangerous practice. In the United States, an estimated one third to one half of people killed in police shootings have had physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities (Perry & Carter-Long, 2016), and the intersections of clients’ identities may heighten this danger. Additionally, according to U. S. Department of Education data from 2014, students with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to be arrested or referred to law enforcement while at school than are their peers without disabilities. Punitive measures including and up to the involvement of law enforcement often do not account for behavior function, and do not focus on habilitation or training functional replacement behaviors.

“Restorative Justice” is a philosophy, set of practices and mindset that addresses injustice (most often a law or rule broken) by thinking about the harms, needs and obligations of all of those involved. Healing is accomplished most often when all those affected are involved and meet to discuss and decide how best to repair the harm by addressing those needs and obligations,” (IBARJ). Function based restorative justice practices can be one meaningful way to reduce harm to clients in situations of crisis. This workshop will provide an overview of restorative justice practices, and will examine ways in which helping professionals can incorporate alternate interventions and strategies in moments of crisis to reduce risks and benefit their clients as much as possible. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available, and audience questions and discussion will be welcomed throughout the workshop.

This webinar is for clinicians and staff who may work with clients who cause harm to others, or who are in crisis, specifically for clinicians who do not wish to call the police on their clients, but who may lack other strategies for harm reduction or healing in situations of violence or crisis.


Learning Objectives:

(1)        State the key components of behavior escalation and best practices for intervention

(2)        Describe the costs and risks of punitive crisis intervention practices

(3)        Discriminate between different restorative justice practices

(4)        State the critical components of engaging in restorative justice practices

(5)        Apply strategies from restorative justice models to reduce client harm in a case study



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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: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes



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Professional Bio of August (Fawna) Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of Research and Practice at Upswing Advocates, Associate Director of Research and Practice at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

August Stockwell is the Founder and Director of Research and Programs at Upswing Advocates: a nonprofit organization that provides education and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community. Over the past 10 years, August’s research has focused on topics including polyamory, communication in relationships, gender, sexual behavior, mindfulness, and effective skill-building strategies. They have a vision of using precise measurement and an individualized approach to connect people to affirming, accessible interventions that create meaningful change. August is also the Associate Director of Research in the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Professional Bio of Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates, Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA is the Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates. For the past two years, Worner has also served as a sex educator with a focus on expanding affirming sexual education, consent education, and education on sexuality and data collection. Their research has focused on intimacy-related behaviors in the queer community, and they value centering affirmation of all identities and relationship styles in intimacy-related research. Worner is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice Special Interest Group.

Upswing Advocates does not receive royalties for any of the materials or companies discussed during this event. All speaker fees are sent directly to and support Upswing Advocates: a nonprofit organization that provides sliding scale coaching, groups, trainings, and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community




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