Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W46
CE Offered: BACB — 
Supervising Safely, Assessing Risks, and Expanding Our Functional Assessments in Trauma Related Environments With Teams
Friday, May 22, 2020
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: CBM/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D.
Description: As demand for behavior analytic services grows, we are increasingly asked to provide services compatible with national and local “trauma-informed” emphases. While an ethical, appropriate and individualized analysis of behavior may already be “trauma-informed”, board certified behavior analysts often report being uncomfortable when tasked with providing behavior analysis in a trauma-informed environment or team. Such behavior analytic practice must be conceptually sound while interfacing supportively with an increasing number and type of community providers who identify as trauma-informed. Recent data suggest board certified behavior analysts lack tools to assess or document the trauma related histories and the related risks that an increasing number of clients bring to treatment. This workshop educates attendees in a set of tools to supervise others and treat behavior in rich trauma-informed interdisciplinary settings (the Supervision, Risk Assessment, Functional Assessment, Environmental Assessment, and Trauma Relationships package). Handouts of assessment, risk analysis, and checklist tools are provided to assist participants in practicing skills during the workshop’s intensive instruction, modeling, roleplay, and feedback coaching sessions. Feedback from previous workshops in this series is implemented by engineering small group exercises to facilitate fluency using the take-home tools in the workshop and applying them to participants’ practice settings.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify behavior analytic principles applicable to supervising trauma supporting teams 2. Practice identifying trauma related risks in trauma supporting teams 3. Roleplay assessing the functions of behavior in trauma supporting teams 4. Update behavior plan and assessment templates with behavior analytic features related to trauma-related risks and functions of behavior
Activities: Workshop activities are completed in small groups and large group formats, and include instruction through lecture and demonstration, roleplay using tools provided, feedback, and group discussion. Tools will be provided to use during the workshop and take home, while supplemental tools and resources will be available to download related to the workshop activities and content.
Audience: Advanced audience members, such as those who have been supervising board certified behavior analysts for at least two years, are appropriate.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): ethics, supervision, trauma, trauma-informed



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