New York, NY
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Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment
Fri, February 19, 2016 9:30AM to 1:30PM (Eastern)
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WORKSHOP (4 CE Credits): Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment

Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment – A Workshop with Dr. Brian IwataDr. Brian Iwata, foremost researcher and practitioner in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, speaks to the state of the field in research and practice. The “right to effective treatment” is a part of the U.S. Civil Rights code, which from the early 19th century, speaks to an individual’s right to treatment that is effective and efficient. In the context of today’s politically charged environment, the question arises as to whether it is ever appropriate to use stimuli for behavior change that are considered aversive. The founding literature for the area of ABA referred to as Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), is very clear that PBS is not meant to address individuals with what is considered as ‘severe’ behavior. There are people for whom PBS is simply not an entire option. So how are behavior analysts to develop programs for the most severely behaviorally involved? Dr. Iwata is uniquely qualified to speak to the topic based on years of research and treatment of individuals with the most severe behaviors.Services for the UnderServed - Prevention of Severe Problem Behavior workshop

The presentation is geared for clinicians and educators who want information regarding answers that drill down deeper than the veneer of Positive Behavior Supports. When, if ever is it appropriate to use more intrusive interventions to shape behavior? What are the best practice measures to assure that the least intrusive and most effective treatments are used? And, what does a clinical team do to make sure that an individual’s civil right to effective treatment is met?

Attendees will learn:

  • The evidence and current research for effective treatment
  • How to differentiate the use of Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) from cases requiring alternate stimuli
  • When and if use of aversive stimuli are required for effective treatment

This workshop qualifies for 4 Continuing Education Credits.

The natural science approach of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to inform many of the world’s most effective, person-centered clinical and educational practices. Dr. Brian Iwata, a preeminent figure in the field of ABA for over 30 years, has used this natural science approach to advance the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. As a prolific researcher, clinician, and educator, Dr. Iwata serves as an advocate for the intellectually disabled (ID) community, and provides a rare sense of perspective for administrators, clinicians, and direct caregivers.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop will provide essential information for program administrators, behavior analysts (BCABAs & BCBAs), psychologists, Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), special education staff, and supervisors. The procedures discussed during this session can be implemented across a variety of settings – such as group homes, schools, day programs, and employment sites. This session has been approved for continuing education hours for BCBAs and BCaBAs by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Dr. Iwata has influenced a broad range of issues central to the care and habilitation of individuals with ID. His work has covered severe self-injury and aggression, skill acquisition, caregiver performance, community preparation, and eating disorders. He has directed clinical research programs in each of these areas and has served as an expert evaluator at the individual level as well as consultant to the departments of health, mental health, and developmental disabilities in over 25 states. His approach to treatment based on these experiences integrates the perspectives of the clinician, researcher, administrator, and peer reviewer.

Dr. Iwata received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida Center on Self-Injury, and Director of the UF-ARC Prader-Willi Syndrome Program. He previously held faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Western Michigan University. His primary areas of interest are applied behavior analysis, behavioral pediatrics, developmental disabilities, program evaluation, and staff management. He has published over 225 articles and chapters on these topics, and he has received over $6 million in research grants to support that work.

Dr. Iwata is the former Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Chair of the Human Development Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, President of the following societies: the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

For questions contact 
Maria Napoleone at (917) 408-5347.

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