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Workshop: Dr. Brian Iwata presents Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment

Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment – A Workshop with Dr. Brian Iwata

Problem Behavior: A Look Behind at Punishment and Ahead Toward Prevention ($129)

Dr. 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. 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?

When: Friday, March 31, 2017
Where: Towson University Marriott, Burkshire Conference CenterCHIMES workshop: Problem Behavior: A Look Behind at Punishment and Ahead Toward Prevention
10 Burke Ave, Towson, MD 21204
Time: 8:30 am-2:00 pm
8:30am – Registration
9:00am – Workshop Begins

Cost: $129.00 (includes 4 CE credits)

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

ABOUT DR. BRIAN A. IWATA:
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.

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Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment

Evidence-Based Intervention and the use of Punishment – A Workshop with Dr. Brian Iwata

WORKSHOP (4 CE Credits)

Dr. 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 U.S. Civil Rights code, 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

Click here to register

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.

ABOUT DR. BRIAN A. IWATA:
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.

Registered Behavior Technician training

Registered Behavior Technician trainingGreat opportunity for teaching assistants or people who work with kids with autism but do not have advanced degrees. The BACB is pleased to announce its newest credential: the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)™. The BACB’s Board of Directors authorized the development of this new credential to establish training standards for behavior technicians, the paraprofessionals who implement behavior plans directly with clients. In recent years, the number of behavior technicians has grown along with the demand for quality applied behavior-analytic services.

This 40 hour RBT Training costs $99. First session starting July 7, 4:30-7:30 PM in Newburgh, NY and going for two evenings per week for 6 weeks. Very limited space still available.

Complete the form on this page for more information.

How to Prevent Problem Behavior: A Workshop by Dr. Brian Iwata

DPrevention of Severe Problem Behaviors – A Workshop with Dr. Brian Iwatar. Brian Iwata presents: Preventing Problem Behavior

Dr. Iwata will speak on applied research regarding preventing problem behavior including recent developments in the field of ABA as they pertain to the topic. This half-day workshop will review modern methods for the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, and discuss strategies of using ABA-based methods to move from intervention after problem behavior occurs towards prevention. As Dr. Iwata noted while visiting Services for the UnderServed:Services for the UnderServed - Prevention of Severe Problem Behavior workshop

“The field of ABA has done amazing work in responding to behavior after it occurs. I believe the evolution of our work in the coming decade will focus more on the antecedents to problem behavior, and what can be done to prevent its occurrence.

 

This workshop qualifies for 4.5 Continuing Education Credits.

Click here to register

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.

ABOUT DR. BRIAN A. IWATA:
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.

Expand Your Revenue Through Income Diversification

Private Practice Model: Preparing to Make the Jump from Employee to Entrepreneur

“An entrepreneurial mindset is key to building capacity in these challenging economic times.” – Terry Blackwell, COO, Services for the UnderServed

1 Day – Earn 7 Continuing Education Credits

NY State along with many states are offering licensure for the professional practice of Behavior Analysis. The opportunity provided by licensure, allows BCBAs to develop their own business and to bill insurance companies for their services. The Private Practice Model teaches the key skills required to initiate and sustain a professional Private Practice including: financial, legal, marketing and practice considerations.

The seminar is designed to inform attendees of the requirements of many areas of business requirements. It gives a deep overview of practice and provides advisory recommendations on how to create a budget, develop cash flow consideration, select a professional team of advisors (CPAs, lawyers. etc.) to support your business, and how to establish a unique service position in the market.  The presentation was previously presented twice as a full day training at ABAI and received a 98% attendee approval rating for applicability and content.

Reasons to attend this seminar:

  • Expand earning potential beyond your full-time job – if you’re lucky to be working
  • Schools aren’t hiring BCBAs and budgets continue to be tight
  • Administrators of school districts are afraid to extend services to all families
  • You are grossly underpaid considering your skillset
  • You’re struggling to put together hours and make a living
  • Earn seven (7) Continuing Education Credits

What you will learn:

  • How to identify who your competition is
  • How to establish a unique market proposition that sets you apart from your competition
  • How to craft a message that will attract new clients
  • How to create a liveable budget
  • How to take a look at yourself as a business
  • How to avoid costly litigation due to inappropriate billing

About the seminar facilitators:

Terence Blackwell, BCBA, SAS, CAS, Chief Operating Officer

Terence Blackwell, BCBA, SAS, CAS, COO

Terence (Terry) Blackwell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, permanently licensed school principal (NY State Education Dept.) and Certified Addictions Specialist. Mr. Blackwell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, including the Wharton School of Business, Entrepreneurial Studies Division.  Beginning as a direct care staff for developmentally disabled adults in Manhattan, Mr. Blackwell moved into working with severely impaired persons exhibiting behavioral disorders in northern N.J. under the supervision of Dr. Gregg Berstch. Mr. Blackwell currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Services for the Underserved a large New  York City based not-for-profit organization, and has created a best practices pre-school special education and Early Intervention program in the South Bronx. (In 1996 the “Volunteers of America River Ave. School was recognized as a standard of excellence, 1 of only 2 schools in N. Y. City” recognized by the state of New York in 1997).   In 1992, Mr. Blackwell functioned as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department to the Soviet Union for behavioral practice of substance abuse treatment. Since then, Mr. Blackwell sought (BCBA) Board Certification in Behavior Analysis on viewing demonstration of the generalization of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Through consultation with the pre-eminent practitioner of ABA-VB method Dr. Vincent Carbone, Terence implemented a Verbal Behavior with providers of services for adults in NJ as well as in a State approved Early Intervention and Special Education program in NY.

 

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Jodi Bouer, Esq.

Ms. JODI F. BOUER graduated with Highest Honors in the Litigation Concentration from Boston University School of Law and was in the top 3% of her class from Rutgers University.  For over 12 years, Ms. Bouer worked as an insurance litigator for the top law firms and insurers in New Jersey, including CNA, the Home Insurance Company, and Sills Cummis & Gross.  Prior to that, she worked as a commercial property and casualty insurance broker.  She has also taught Insurance Law at Seton Hall Law School. Ms. Bouer opened the Firm after successfully pursuing health insurance coverage for a family member, a gravely ill friend and then a child on the autism spectrum.  She realized there was a great need for a law firm that specializes in representing policyholders, providers and insurance professionals in pursuit of health insurance coverage.  Ms. Bouer’s experience gives her an intimate knowledge of case law on the interpretation of insurance policy language and a unique perspective on how insurers assess their coverage obligations and process claims.  This knowledge is the backbone on which the Firm pursues coverage for its clients.

 

Disclaimer: All information provided during this seminar is for informational purposes only. We offer no legal or financial advice.

Register for Professional Ethics Seminar with Lisa Rinaldo, BCBA

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Ethics for Behavior Analysts will satisfy the cyclical requirements to maintain certification as a Behavior Analyst. In conjunction with the Verbal Behavior Institute, SUS will present a seminar on ethics, featuring educator and seasoned Behavior Analyst Lisa Rinaldo, BCBA.   Ms. Rinaldo is well known in the Hudson Valley for her practice in educational and home community settings and she brings a wealth of practical applied experience to the field of behavioral analysis. The three-credit course is recommended for BCA-D, BCBA and BCaBA level behavior analysts, and meets the requirements for recertification for Behavior Analysts

Social skills training for children with developmental disabilities like Autism

Verbal Behavior Institute social skills trainingFor families coping with children with social skills development disabilities like Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, ODD, OCD, and other developmental disabilities:

When many of us are hiding are facial expressions, feelings and body language behind technology, it becomes increasingly difficult to navigate these social situations, for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities this task is near impossible.

Research suggests that each social situation varies so much from the next that it is very difficult to effectively teach these skills and have them generalize to different environments and with different people.

During a time when technology is becoming an essential part of our everyday life, our children are losing basic social skills like eye contact, telephone skills, conversation, and empathy for others. Today it is not unusual for an adult to be told through email that they are fired or for young people to end a relationship through a text.

That is why the therapists at Verbal Behavior Institute are choosing to go back to basics. We are designing social groups based on life skills. At school, our children are learning to read, write and complete math problems. At home, they need to learn life skills and daily living skills that will lead to increased independence and social opportunities in their future.

Increased independence provides an increase of social opportunities. Take folding the laundry or setting the table for dinner. Many of us will talk on the phone or chat with our children or even text a friend while demonstrating these skills. However, you have to first know how to talk on the phone, text, fold laundry, or set the table.

At VBI your children and adolescents will learn life skills that are concrete and can be broken down in small steps. Data can be collected and progress can be monitored through this process. These skills will then serve as the foundation for social skills development. Children will develop eye contact, turn taking, and conversation skills while completing simple chores or tasks in the community.

Once the tasks are mastered, students will interact with typical peers to serve as a generalization probe.

All children/adolescents will be evaluated in the following areas: basic living skills, community and home skills using the Assessment of Functional Living Skills by Dr. Jim Partington and Michael Mueller. Once the assessment is complete, the therapist will sit with the parents and develop an individualized social plan (ISP) for your child. A weekly progress report will be sent home with your child to show progress within each program. Life skills will be taught in their natural environment to promote generalization (home/community settings).

Some activities will take place in a home (VBI location) or in the community. Groups will be developed based on age, assessment results and language ability. Groups will consist of 2-6 members to ensure individualized teaching.

Complete the form on this page to get more information on our Spring Social Skills Training Program.

Please leave us a comment below; your feedback is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Vivian Attanasio, Clinical Director, BCBA
Vivian Attanasio
Clinical Director, BCBA

 

How to fight for special needs insurance coverage

The Law Office of Jodi F. Bouer, LLC  recently won two more very significant appeals of the denial of ABA therapy under self-funded insurance plans.  In the first case, the insurer had a very clear exclusion barring coverage for ABA therapy.  The exclusion was stated in a self-funded plan covering an New York-based employer read more

Social Skills Training

The need for social skills training is extraordinary. Yet, the research on “what works” is sparse. Over the past five years, Verbal Behavior Institute (VBI), working with our sister New York agency Developmental Delay Rehabilitation Services, Inc.   developed a specialized training that can be taught to teachers, paras, clinicians and parents – in less than a day.  Making use of Dr. Brian Iwata’s work in the field of Functional Analysis, we created an evidence-based tool, to target specific skills, identify function and then “teach” generalization across settings, people and events. This session reviews the recent legal decisions around the issue. Using current district examples, we review proactive strategies to address this need in a fiscally responsible manner.

How to Create a Receiving District

How to create a Receiving District for special needs children.Creating a Receiving District is a free video course designed for school districts interested in creating a new revenue stream by providing services for special needs children. The course focuses on the components that are necessary in developing programs for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities in such a way that supports the child individually and talks about individual programming for all the children and behavioral supports within the school district as well as incorporating generalization of skills and parent involvement and parent training and other curriculum support and technology to support the learning of children with developmental disabilities.