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.