Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB
Developing a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program Suited for Persons With Intellectual Delay and Coexisting Conditions
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Republic C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Gary LaVigna, Ph.D.
SUSAN M. S. SMITH (Woodward Resource Center), JAMES R. PRICKETT (Woodward Resource Center), JAN MUNSON (Woodward Resource Center), CINDY GRONERT (Woodward Resource Center), GEORGE DOBRZYNSKI (Woodward Resource Center), SHERI BOWLES (Woodward Resource Center)
Description: The number of intellectually challenged persons who live in residential treatment settings and engage in suicidal and nonfatal self-harm behaviors is plentiful and may be growing, making the identification of effective treatment methodology critical. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment that has been found to be effective for individuals exhibiting these behaviors; however, DBT materials and activities that cater to those dually diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual delay are scarce. This workshop will illustrate the Woodward Resource Center’s DBT program, which converts the DBT philosophy into materials and activities that are well suited for this special population. Specifically, the following will be covered: functional assessment and hypotheses of persons who may benefit from this treatment, aspects of effective skill groups, several adapted activities for both group and individual therapy sessions, phone consultation, organization of a productive consultation team, and strategies to effectively convey knowledge of the technology from professional to direct-care staff.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. identify and describe adapted activities from each of the DBT skill modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance; 2. visually illustrate the concept of “dialectical thinking” to increase its utility in the daily lives of this special population; 3. identify five ways to make DBT skill groups effective for the mentally retardation and developmental disabilities population living in residential treatment settings; 4. discuss strategies used to shape staffs’ behavior so that it reflects DBT philosophy; 5. discuss strategies used to shape clients’ ability to describe their private events.
Activities: Attendees will view a PowerPoint presentation that vividly illustrates DBT philosophy converted into materials suitable for persons who are intellectually delayed with coexisting conditions; review accompanying handouts that include several take-home, ready-to-use activities; and view videotaped examples of validation techniques applicable to both verbal and nonverbal clients.
Audience: Persons with an interest in clinical behavior analysis, and/or an interest in an extension of DBT to persons who are intellectually delayed with coexisting conditions.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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