Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W86
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Application of Behavior Analysis Procedures in De-Escalation Situations
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 226 C
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Michael M. Mueller, Ph.D.
DAVID B. LENNOX (QBS Inc.), KRISTOFER VAN HERP (QBS, Inc.), David Rourke (QBS, Inc.)
Description: In many settings in which behavior analysis procedures are used (schools, residential programs, group homes, nursing facilities, etc.), some individuals served frequently exhibit episodes of behavioral escalation. These episodes commonly take the form of gradually increasing severity and intensity of disruptive behavior (e.g., yelling, property destruction, non-compliance), and violent behavior (i.e., self-injury, aggression. or both). This workshop will discuss the application of behavioral principles in such situations. Specifically, will present a training model used by the Safety-Care™ behavioral safety course to teach direct care staff to make and apply clinically appropriate choices in the midst of behavioral crises. In such situations, it is important for staff to be able to choose an appropriate intervention from a limited set of choices designed to reduce the severity of the current episode without reinforcing problem behavior. The choices presented in this model include simplified versions of functional communication training, differential reinforcement of incompatible behavior, behavioral momentum, and time out from positive reinforcement. The training model avoids technical terminology for ease of presentation to direct care staff who may not be well-versed in ABA theory and procedures.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: Make and apply clinically appropriate choices in the midst of behavioral crises. Choose appropriate interventions during behavioral crisis without reinforcing challenging behaviors.
Activities: Workshop activities will include: Literature review of clinically appropriate de-escalation strategies. Discussion of the application of such behavioral interventions. Participant roleplays of identified behavioral interventions.
Audience: Providers of behavioral services, families, and educators.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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