Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #291
CE Offered: BACB
Now What? Comprehensive Competency Based Staff Training Programs for Staff in Settings With Intense Aggressive Behavior
Monday, May 30, 2016
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Columbus Hall CD, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Tammy A. Carroll (Benchmark Human Services)
CE Instructor: John M. Guercio, Ph.D.

The following symposium will provide practical guidelines for training support staff in environments where they will encounter high risk aggressive behavior in the clients that they are serving. The talks will include the implementation of Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) with direct care staff in an intensive behavioral community based setting. Alternative strategies will be reviewed in the description of a competency based staff training program in a crisis respite setting for staff encountering clients with displays of high frequency aggressive behavior. Scenarios for the safe management of potential problem behavior were presented to staff along with functional responses that they should engage in. The 3rd talk in this symposium will detail a behavioral skills training protocol and its effects on the high intensity behaviors exhibited in a small school setting by a young male student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mood disorder (NOS). Each of these training approaches will be accompanied by acquisition data and concomitant client behavioral responses.

Keyword(s): Staff training
Measurement of Staff Responses Following Behavior Skills Training and the Effects on a Student Demonstrating High Intensity Behaviors
Abstract: The discussion will review how educational professionals responded to behavioral skills training and the effects of those components on the high intensity behaviors exhibited in a small school setting by a young male student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mood disorder (NOS). The student had a 3-year history of physical aggression towards others and elopement from the school grounds. We will review the components of behavior skills training with each staff person (a combination of verbal explanation, modeling, role-play, video modeling and feedback). The results show that as each staff member demonstrated competence in intervention strategies, the student’s high intensity behaviors were reduced and he was able to transition back to his school of zone.
Competency Based Training of Staff in a Developmental Disabilities Crisis Program
JOSEPH A. DARLING (Benchmark Human Services), Dee Sharma (Benchmark Human Services)
Abstract: This project is designed to provide a format for training for all staff assisting in the crisis program. The purpose is two-fold: 1) to have a format to prepare for situations that may come up in the crisis homes so that individuals and staff are safe and receive the maximum assistance and 2) develop rapport between clinical staff and DSPs (team building). Participants were all staff working with individuals in a crisis respite home in Georgia. The presentation will detail the operations of the mobile crisis team. The home is a four-bedroom home in a rural neighborhood and is staffed 24-hours a day with a minimum of two direct care professionals. Clinical and direct support staff were tested on nine protocols addressing common target behaviors and were trained by didactic presentation, demonstration, practice, and then feedback on performance. All participants then completed a post-test to demonstrate competency of each of the nine tasks.

Incorporation of Registered Behavioral Technicians Into a Comprehensive Treatment Intervention for an Adult With Autism and Severe Aggressive Behavior

John M. Guercio (Benchmark Human Services), ROBERT CORMIER (Benchmark Human Services)

The following presentation details the implementation of a changing criterion and design to address the desensitization of an adult male with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), and severe aggressive behavior to riding in a vehicle while in the community. The subject had a lifelong history of institutionalization and had not successfully been transported in a vehicle for close to 10 years at the time of the study. The presentation will detail the comprehensive behavioral staff training (see Registered Behavioral Technician, BACB, 2015) and integration of behavioral technicians within a comprehensive vehicle desensitization procedure. The results show that the intervention produced decreases in aggressive responding both in his residence and in the vehicle on community outings. Suggestions will be made for future studies in this area.




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