Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: BACB — 
Behavioral Treatment of Sexual Offending
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Duncan Pritchard, Ph.D.
DUNCAN PRITCHARD (Aran Hall School), HEATHER PENNEY (Aran Hall School)
Description: Sexual offending behavior presented by people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) is a significant challenge for behavior analysts who provide assessment, treatment, prevention, and ongoing support for this vulnerable population. Psychological interventions have recently been shown to increase sexual offending in incarcerated adults in the UK (Mews, Di Bella, & Purver, 2017). Most programs used to treat sexual offending presented by people with IDD are based on these interventions, so behavior analysts need to be mindful of using these unsupported interventions, especially so given the seriousness of any episodes of treatment relapse. This workshop will provide a review of ABA-based behavioral treatments and an introduction to behavioral treatment programming, including risk assessment and safety planning, independent living and vocational skill training, sex and relationship education and behavior contingency contracting.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify the risks presented by sexual offenders with IDD; (2) design individualized safety plans; (3) use data to improve decision-making when planning to increase community participation (e.g., school, college, work experience, employment, public transport, leisure activities, etc.); and, (4) ethically manage sexual offending behavior across all contexts.
Activities: Lectures, large and small group discussions, review of case histories and critical incidents, developing risk assessments and safety plans, activity schedules, behavior support plans, behavior contingency contracts, risk-benefit analyses, and collecting and presenting data.
Audience: Behavior analysts who (a) work directly with sexual offender with IDD and (b) behavior analysts who train and/or manage and supervise direct care staff supporting sexual offenders with IDD.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavioral Treatment, Developmental Disabilities, Sex Education, Sexual Offending



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