BST Research Trends 2013-2018: “Training Caregivers, Staff & Peers Effectively, Efficiently and Acceptably” ~ 3/26/19 ~

Behavior Skills Training:

Research Trends 2013-2018

Training Caregivers, Staff And Peers Effectively, Efficiently and Acceptably

Professor Peter Sturmey

Live Event Information

  • Date: Tuesday, 3/26/19
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

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Training caregivers, staff and peers to deliver effective treatments has a very long history in ABA and dates back to implementation of token economies in the late 1950s. These procedures were formalized into behavioral skills training (BST) in the 1970’s and were widely applied, especially in services and families for individuals with autism and / or intellectual disabilities. Recent meta-analyses of small N experiments and RCTs in this area confirm this wide-spread application (Almadovar-Maffei & Sturmey, 2018; Leaf et al., 2018).

Research over the last five years has been characterized by: (1) application to a wider range of skills; (b) application to multiple skills; (c) pyramidal training including training behavior analysts to conduct BST accurately; (d) more attention to efficiency by identifying the effective components of the BST and promoting generalization of trainer behavior, and reporting training times; and (e) training peers. This webinar will present publication trends in the behavioral literature from 2013-2018 and highlight the implications for practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will describe:

1. Historical trends in BST;
2. The range of application of BST in contemporary research and practice;
3. Recent studies of pyramidal training;
4. Procedures to maximize the effectiveness of training; and
5. Recent research developments between 2013-2018

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Continuing Education and Professional Development:

  • Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts:  3 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: 3 CEs LIVE or Recording
  • Social Workers/Certified Counselors:  N/A
  • Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.

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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.


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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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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Continuing Education Option, No CE/ General Public Option

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