Severe Behavior Problems: Advanced instruction and Problem Solving- A three part series in October 2018

9* hours of CE hours including 1+* hours of ethics CE hours

Non-CE option available as well

Presented LIVE by: Professor Peter Sturmey

Session dates:  October 2, 2018, October 16, 2018 and October 30, 2018

Session time: 6:30-9:30 pm eastern

All sessions are held live but will be recorded and available to paid participants for 7 days. Recordings will go out the day after the live session.

We strongly recommend you attend as many sessions as you can LIVE. Session is scheduled so participants from PST through EST zones can participate and still work until 3:00 pm on the days sessions are scheduled. Please plan accordingly. 

AU and NZ participants you can also attend live however please make accommodations for the correct dates and times as the event will fall in morning for you.

EU and Middle East Audiences- we are in the process of scheduling sessions that will accommodate your work schedule. We will have more information soon.

Course Overview

Behavioral and mental health practitioners, special education teachers, SLPs and child study team members often work with individuals with severe behavior problems such as aggression, tantrums, self-injury, pica and rumination. Although graduate classes provide some basic training, application to practice is challenging, even for experienced practitioners. The purpose of this webinar series is to provide advanced instruction and problem solving in developing, writing and using Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) and solving common challenges in implementation. The materials will be delivered by both lecture-type presentations and interactive on-line exercises. We encourage individuals to attend all sessions live so they can contribute throughout the series during the live discussions by commenting, sharing, and/or asking questions and receive feedback on their own performance in on-line exercises. The presenter will provide instruction on how to frame questions asked during this event in a confidential way and all questions will be entered in an anonymous chat box to provide an additional layer of privacy.

Course Learning Objectives:

At the end of the series participants will:

  1. Describe the content of adequate FBAs;
  2. Apply standards to a variety of poor and excellent FBAs;
  3. Rewrite poor deficient elements of deficient FBA to make them adequate
  4. Describe the content of adequate BSPs;
  5. Apply standards to a variety of poor and excellent BSPs;
  6. Rewrite poor deficient elements of deficient BSPs to make them adequate

Please scroll down for information about the individual sessions, continuing education information, the course schedule and presenter information. 

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Description

Session 1: Workload Management, Ethics and Professional Standards for FBAs and BSPs

(3 CE hours including 1 ethics CE)

Abstract:

Professionals often have trouble prioritizing due to large workloads, requests to respond to real and not so real emergencies, and attend poorly run or non-functional meetings. During the first session in this series, Professor Sturmey will review IDEA regulations for FBA’s and BIPs, restrictive practices and safety. Participants will privately review their own workloads to identify what can be given lower priority, determine which cases could be reassigned and how to work with a supervisor create a priority caseload, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Finally, Professor Sturmey will focus on the Ethics of treating, delaying treatment, or not treating client behavior with an emphasis on consent, incremental assessment validity and prompt service delivery.

Learning Objectives: After attending this session participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how caseload size impacts service delivery.
  2. Prioritize a caseload and discuss their caseload priority list with their supervisor
  3. List ethical concerns related to caseload size, consent, incremental assessment, and timing of service delivery.

Session 2: Writing Adequate FBAs (3 CE hours)

Abstract:

Professor Sturmey begins this session with a brief review of session one which will lead into a review of professional guidelines and standards, IDEA, and local, state, and agency requirements for FBAs, including when to do them and what should go into them. 

As part of this session, Professor Sturmey will review assessment procedures including Interviews, ABCs, questionnaire, brief FAs, and trial-based FAs for high frequency behavior, and how to identifying functions of low frequency target behavior and when an inpatient hospital or clinic-based assessment may be required or preferred.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  1. Describe what to do when you cannot observe the target behavior;
  2. Determine how to distinguish escape from attention when function is unclear
  3. Find and select replacement behaviors.
  4. Applying Floyd and Farmer criteria to bad and good examples of FBAs
  5. Score bad examples of FBAs and rewrite insufficient pieces from examples

Session 3: Translating FBAs to treatment recommendations (3 CE hours)

Abstract:

Professor Sturmey begins this session with a brief review of session two which will lead into a review of professional guidelines and/or standards, IDEA, and local, state, and agency requirements for BIPs, including when to do them and what should go into them. 

As part of this session, Professor Sturmey will review interventions with an emphasis on functional communication training and reinforcement-based procedures.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session participants should be able to

  1. Identify communication responses and match with functions
  2. Select an intervention for selected behavior
  3. Program for maintenance and generalization
  4. Identify correct and correct BSP components from several good and bad examples
  5. Rewrite insufficient pieces from example

Behavior Analyst: This event is worth a total 9 Continuing Ed Type II CEUs including 1 Ethics LIVE or Recording
Psychologist: 9 Continuing Ed  CEUs including 1 Ethics LIVE or Recording
Certified counselors/ Social Workers- N/A
Teachers: This event may be eligible for professional development hours. Please contact your supervisor for approval.

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

Full session schedule

One week prior to Session 1, all participants will receive a course comprehensive pretest which must be submitted by October 1, 2018.

A course comprehensive post-test will be issued following the last session. Must be submitted by November 6, 2018.

Session 1: October 2, 2018

Session 2: October 16, 2018

Session 3: October 30, 2018

All sessions are held live but will be recorded and available to paid participants for 7 days. Recordings will go out the day after the live session.

  • We strongly recommend you attend as many sessions as you can live. Session is scheduled so participants from PST through EST zones can participate and still work until 3:00 pm on the days sessions are scheduled. Please plan accordingly. 
  • AU and NZ participants you can also attend live however please make accommodations for the correct dates and times as the event will fall in morning for you on the next day (e.g. 6:30pm on June 28, 2018 in New York is 8:30 am on June 29, 2018 in Sydney).
  • EU and Middle East Audiences- we are in the process of scheduling sessions that will accommodate your work schedule. We will have more information soon.

Individual session schedule- Eastern Standard Time

6:30 pm- 6:40: Introduction, pretest, questions
6:40 pm Session begins
7:45 pm: 5 minute break
7:50 pm: Session resumes
8:45 pm: 5 min break
8:50 pm Session resumes
9:15 pm Summary of session, final statements, Q&A
9:30 pm Post-test, evaluation and submit attendance codes

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 original 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.

Speaker 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.

 

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Our webinars are available to anyone who is able to access the internet. For those who are vision impaired attendance codes are read aloud and graphs and videos are described verbally. For those who require it, our webinar platform allows for closed-captioning. For more information, contact us at info@abacnj.com.

Cancellation, missed webinar, and grievance policy information

 

ABACAccess Recording Information: The recording of each session in the series is available to paid participants for 7 days. For more information about recordings visit our ABACAccess page.