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FREE CEU: ABA Interventions through a Trauma Informed Lens
Presenters: Alyse Handelsman, BCBA, LBA, Courtney Stewart, BCBA, LBA

The discussion of Trauma- Informed Care (TIC) is becoming more prevalent within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Historically, behavior analysis has heavily relied on punishment and extinction based procedures. As our ethics continue to guide us away from said strategies, we are left with the debate between effectiveness versus TIC. Our longstanding effective interventions are being called into question by individuals of the neurodiversity population, some of which are previous consumers of ABA therapy. Fox and Azrin, Iwata, and Lovaas have been long-standing leaders in the field for effective treatment; however, full physical prompts, DTT, and punishment are being scrutinized by today’s pioneers of trauma-informed care. Furthermore, Hanley and others have demonstrated that evoking dangerous problem behavior for the sake of analysis may not be clinically necessary. As the debate continues, ABA clinicians are left with the risk-benefit analysis of procedures developed for effectiveness and others brought about by today’s leaders in TIC. Social significance has always been a core value in the field of ABA, therefore, we would like to open the discussion of behavior analytic practices through a trauma informed lens.

This event is worth 2 Learning Credits

Jul 27, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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