Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Symposium #222
Behavior Analysis in the Juvenile and Adult Justice Systems: Past Efforts, Status of Those Efforts, and Future Directions
Sunday, May 30, 2010
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Crockett A/B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Teresa Balawejder (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services)
Discussant: Jack A. Apsche (The Apsche Center at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)
Abstract: Behavior analysis has had some success with delinquents. This symposium focuses on past efforts in the justice system and future directions. This symposium will look at the effectiveness of behavioral coaching for offenders with ADHD, teaching family homes, and Mode Deactivation Therapy.
Behavioral Coaching for Offedners With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
TRUDI GAINES (University of West Florida), Leasha Barry (University of West Florida), Joseph D. Cautilli (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners), Halina Dziewolska (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners)
Abstract: Many offenders in the justice system today have problems with focus and concentration. This presentation will explore establishing coaching practices from a behavior analytic perspective with this population
Teaching Family Homes: A Review of the Current State of the Literature
TERESA BALAWEJDER (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services), Beckie Robbins (Lubbock State Supported Living Center), Joseph D. Cautilli (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners)
Abstract: Abstract: Teaching Family Homes, as developed by the University of Kansas in the 1960’s, uses an organized, effective, and replicable approach in the treatment of delinquent adolescents and developmentally disabled adults in such treatment settings as foster care and psychiatric residential treatment centers. In addition, treatment can take place in regular and alternative school settings and as an effort to preserve the family status. This paper will review the current status of this treatment option as it pertains to delinquency including recidivism and addressing the conventional wisdom, as pointed out by Kinsley (2006), that it is not effective in post-treatment recidivism. In summary, a focus on what is still needed to be researched regarding this topic will be summarized. Kingsley, D. E. (2006). The Teaching-Family Model and Post-Treatment Recidivism: A Critical Review of the Conventional Wisdom. IJBCT,(4), 481-487
Mediation Analysis of Mode Deactivation Therapy for Families of Adolescent Males With Problems With Physical and Sexual Aggression, Personality and Conduct
JACK A. APSCHE (The Apsche Center at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare)
Abstract: MDT has been applied to a variety of personality and conduct problems. This presentation will be on a family version of Mode Deactivation Therapy. This presentation will present resent outcome data as to the effectiveness of the family model of this therapy.



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