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FREE CEU: Incorporating Commitments of Trauma-informed Care into the Assessment and Treatment of Dangerous Behavior
Presenter: Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Trauma-informed care (TIC) can be defined as a proactive, universal approach—taken by practitioners and organizations—to appropriately support and avoid re-traumatizing individuals who may have experienced trauma. Researchers and clinicians from various human service disciplines have articulated commitments of TIC and argued for their adoption into service delivery models. Although rationales provided in such arguments seem relevant to applied behavior analysis (ABA), discussions surrounding TIC have only recently taken shape in the ABA literature, and an evidence base and technology for practical application of TIC has not been adequately developed. In this presentation, after discussing some of the barriers to adopting a trauma-informed approach to ABA, a behavior-analytic conceptualization of trauma and TIC will be provided. This conceptualization will be connected to an evaluation of a systematic replication of the enhanced choice model of skill-based treatment—initially described by Rajaraman et al. (2021)—that importantly avoids the use of physical management, and that was delivered via telehealth consultation. Findings and implications will be discussed in the context of ensuring safety, dignity, and autonomy while addressing dangerous behavior.

This event is worth 2 Learning Credits and will be 2 hours in length.

Oct 26, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Assistant Professor @UMBC
Dithu has been applying behavior analysis to improve socially important behaviors of children with and without disabilities for 14 years. Dithu completed his Doctorate in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University, under the advisement of Dr. Greg Hanley. In 2019, he joined the faculty at UMBC, where he mentors undergraduate and graduate students of Psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis. He has been working to increase the scope of behavior-analytic course offerings for undergraduate Psychology majors. Dithu has published research in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis as well as in Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dithu’s research and practice interests include the assessment, treatment, and prevention of dangerous problem behavior, with an emphasis on investigating trauma-informed approaches to behavioral assessment and intervention.