Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W81
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Clinical Behavior Analysis: Mode Deactivation Therapy and Behavioral Coaching
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
620 (Convention Center)
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D.
JACK A. APSCHE (Apsche Center), MICHAEL WEINBERG (Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services, Bilinguals, Inc.)
Description: Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) as a CBA was developed by Apsche through a series of studies to address adolescent males who were not amenable to regular cognitive therapy. MDT was developed out of a necessity to address the growing number of "treatment failures" at a residential treatment center, and then continued development in out-patient settings. Strategies of DBT (radical acceptance and validation), FAP (developing and addressing the function of the problem of the client), and ACT (addressing a problem contextually rather than in typical content) are used as part of MDT. MDT is a manualized approach to treatment that strongly emphasizes good case conceptualization and respectful collaboration with the adolescent. MDT family therapy is also fully manualized, having been developed for families of adolescents who are receiving MDT individual therapy. This workshop will focus on treating adolescents who have issues with conduct and personality characteristics (i.e., both physical and sexual aggression, and trauma) with Apsche's MDT. MDT, a so-called "third wave" therapeutic approach, has been shown to be effective with this population in a series of treatment research and case studies.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

State theoretical constructs of MDT

Use functional analysis of complex adolescent behavior

Describe ways in which MDT implements a complete functional analysis

Identify the steps in MDT

Define and implement key components of behavioral coaching methods

Activities: This workshop will include breakout activities to first identify client behavior problems and practice function analysis of the problem behaviors, apply results of FA and implement MDT, and practice behavioral coaching methods.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for practitioners interested in the use of clinical behavior analysis approaches with clinical populations of adolescents and adults. This is an introductory level workshop for those just entering the field or interested in providing behavior analytic methods for traditional clinical populations (i.e., non-DD/non-ASD groups).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Aggressive Adolescents, Behavioral Coaching, CBA, MDT



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