In our ongoing effort to disseminate safe, dignified, and effective assessment and treatment processes, FTF Behavioral Consulting is pleased to offer new training opportunities for busy professionals.

All courses will be taught by licensed, doctoral-level board certified behavior analysts (BCBA-Ds). FTF trainers and consultants are experienced practitioners and researchers. Each has directly facilitated meaningful outcomes for children and young adults using PFA-based treatments and are actively contributing to the peer-reviewed literature on which all FTF training and consulting is based.

Courses below offer a variety of advanced education, application, and/or implementation experience in PFA-SBT, Balance, and Sleep, using a multiple exemplar training model. Click on each course below to see course description.

Students may have the opportunity to purchase one-on-one consults with their instructors post-class.

Participants:

Our courses are designed for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, students of behavior analysis, Special Educators, Speech and Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Psychologists, or other professionals working with clients and their caregivers. If you have any questions on which course is most appropriate for you please e-mail Dr. Mahshid Ghaemmaghami (dr.g@ftfbc.com).

Continuing Education Credits:

For information on number and type of CEUs and credentialing levels met, please refer to the course description.

Courses Offered:

The Balance Program

Course Description

Course Description:

The Balance Program

A set of social skills including functional communication, delay tolerance, and cooperation with adult instructions has been shown to reduce severe problem behavior among children with autism. Teaching these skills to typically developing preschoolers has also been demonstrated to reduce problem behavior and prevent it from developing. From this foundation, we developed the Balance Program, a skill-based curriculum to be delivered in the home, by parents to their young children recently diagnosed with autism, with the goal of preventing the development of severe problem behavior. Our empirical evaluation of the program showed decreases in emerging problem behavior across all participants, as well as increases in social and cooperation skills.

This course will consist of an on-demand portion, to be completed prior to the first class meeting, as well as weekly class meetings. In the on-demand portion, participants will review data from the empirical evaluation of the Balance Program, learn about the program content and format in detail, and view video examples. During class meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to design an individualized application of the Balance Program for a child, and to receive feedback and implementation assistance. The course will consist of 11.5 hours of instructional content, including 3.5 hours of prerecorded video instruction by Dr. Ruppel and Dr. Hanley. Successful completion of the course will yield 12 BACB CEUs.

Participants

This course is designed for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Special Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, and related professionals. Professionals are encouraged to sign up with the parent or caregiver of a child with whom they will do the Balance Program. During the 8 weeks of the course, the parent or caregiver will implement the Balance Program with the professional’s support. Both the professional and the parent/caregiver will attend weekly class meetings to review progress and ask questions. Class is capped at 4 participants/dyads.

Note: Parent/caregiver attendance in class meetings is encouraged but not required. It is, however, required that professionals have a client with whom they are ready to begin the Balance Program on the first day of class.

Class Format

This course offers the opportunity for participants to plan the Balance Program process, begin implementing the plan, and receive feedback and problem-solving assistance. The course components are as follows:

  • On-demand course, to be completed prior to the first class meeting
  • Clinical case review for 1 child/client per professional or professional-parent dyad
  • Private discussion board where participants may support one another with instructor guidance
Course Offering and Schedule
Course Instructor Day Time Timeline Status
Balance Course Dr. Kelsey Ruppel Thursdays 12:30-1:30 PM EST October/December 2022 Registration Open
Balance Course TBA TBD TBD TBD Information to be posted soon

Next Schedule:

Schedule Date Time
On-demand Balance Course (4 CEUs) To be completed prior to October 13, 2022 N/A
Live Class Schedule Thursday, October 13, 2022
Thursday, October 20
*No class Thurs, Oct 27*
Thursday, November 3
Thursday, November 10
Thursday, November 17
*No class Thurs, Nov. 24*
Thursday, December 1
Thursday, December 8
Thursday, December 15
12:30-1:30 PM EST

To Register for this class, please fill out the form below.

Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Sleep Problems: Education, Application, and Implementation

Course Description

Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Sleep Problems: Education, Application, and Implementation

This course will allow a professional-caregiver dyad the opportunity to learn about a behavioral approach to understanding and treating sleep problems. Each dyad will have the opportunity to conduct a sleep assessment and design a personalized sleep treatment, begin implementing the plan, and receive feedback and problem-solving assistance as the plan is implemented. This course may be particularly useful for professionals who are considering remote supervision of programs that can be implemented by caregivers or staff who are with the client at night. Although not required, this course is most suitable for a professional who has a client that will consent to participation (i.e., assessment and treatment data to be shared in class) in this applied course.  

The course will consist of 12 hours of instruction. Six hours will be dedicated to interactive lecture and review of the Sleep Assessment and Treatment Tool (SATT) and six hours will be dedicated to design and application with Q&A and coaching provided by Dr. Ghaemmaghami. Successful completion of the course will yield 12 General Type 2 BACB continuing education credits.

Course Offering and Schedule
Course Instructor Day Time Timeline Status
Sleep Course Dr. Mahshid Ghaemmaghami Wednesdays 3-5 PM EST May-June 2022 Registration Closed
Sleep Course Dr. Mahshid Ghaemmaghami Wednesdays 10 AM – 12 PM EST January-February 2023 Registration Open

 

Next Schedule:

Schedule Date Time
Live Class Schedule Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023
10 AM – 12 PM EST

To Register for this class, please fill out the form below.

PFA-SBT Introductory Course: Education, Application, and Implementation (Levels 1-4 Credentialing Included)

Course Description

PFA-SBT Introductory Course: Education, Application, and Implementation (Levels 1 – 4 Credentialing Included)

This course is appropriate for professionals who are new to the PFA and SBT process as well as those who already use it in their daily practice but would a supervised experience in their application of the process with a specific client. This course can be taken individually or in a dyad (lead and support implementers).

The only pre-requisite for taking the course is having a client that will consent to participation (i.e., videos of implementation to be shared in class) in this applied course, no prior education or application required. The course is designed to guide the lead implementer (and the support in the dyad) in their application of the process for one of their clients from case conceptualization through implementation of initial SBT CAB branches.

This course will consist of a of 32 hours of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, including 8 hours of pre-recorded video instruction presented by Dr. Greg Hanley, weekly interactive lectures and review of case-specific SBT implementation and troubleshooting. Attendance in live classes and completion of on-demand content will yield 18 Type 2 BACB continuing education credits. Three of the credit hours will be dedicated to ethics and four will be dedicated to supervision.  Attendance in live classes and presentation of implementation progress are necessary to achieve Level 4 (lead implementer) and Level 3 (support implementer in a dyad must also attend all classes) credentials. Credentialing fee for lead and support implementers are included in the price.

All classes will be conducted via video conferencing software (i.e., Zoom), which is free to download and use.  Dropbox will be used to share and upload weekly implementation content.

Course Offering and Schedule
Course Instructor Day Time Timeline Status
PFA-SBT Intro Dr. Anthony Cammilleri Thursdays 3-5 PM EST January/April 2022 Class Ended
PFA-SBT Intro Dr. Kelsey Ruppel Tuesdays 3-5 PM EST March/July 2022 Class Ended
PFA-SBT Intro Dr. Theresa Fiani Wednesdays 2-5 PM EST January/April 2023 Registration open

 

Next Schedule:

Schedule Date Time
On-demand PFA-SBT course (10 hrs/10 CEUs) or Implementor Course (12 hrs/10 CEUs) Dec 15, 2022 – Jan 24, 2023 N/A
Class 1* (3 hours): Interviewing Tips, IISCA Design, SBT Design, Reflection Tips: Wed, Jan 25, 2023 2-5 PM EST
Class 2* (3 hours): IISCA Review and Reflection:  Wed, Feb 1, 2023 2-5 PM EST
Classes 3-11 (2.5 hours): Treatment Review (Meeting form, graphs, videos) Wed, Feb 8, 2023
Wed, Feb 15, 2023
Wed, Feb 22, 2023
Wed, March 1, 2023
Wed, March 8, 2023
Wed, March 15, 2023
Wed, March 22, 2023
Wed, March 29, 2023
Wed, April 5, 2023
2-4:30 PM EST

To Register for this class, please fill out the form below.

PFA-SBT Advanced Course: Advanced Education, Application, Implementation & Supervision (Levels 5-6 Credentialing Included)

Course Description

PFA-SBT Advanced Course: Advanced Education, Application, Implementation & Supervision (Levels 4-6 Credentialing Included)

This course is for PFA-SBT Credential Level 4 professionals who would like to advance to Level 6 and receive supervision from an FTF instructor while they coach at least two new implementation teams (e.g., lead implementer and a client for each team) from case conceptualization and planning through implementation of PFA and SBT. This course can be taken individually or in a dyad with a lead implementer who has a minimum of Level 1 credentials who can then achieve a Level 5 credential through this course.

This course will consist of 30 hours of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, including 3 hours of pre-recorded video instruction, weekly interactive lectures and review of case-specific SBT implementations, team-specific supervision, and troubleshooting. All classes will be conducted via video conferencing software (i.e., Zoom), which is free to download and use.  Dropbox will be used to share and upload weekly implementation content.

A pre-requisite for taking the course is having at least two new implementation teams (i.e., lead implementer and a client for each team) and respective clients that will consent to participation (i.e., videos of implementation and supervision must be shared in class) in this applied course. The course is designed to guide the Level 6 candidate in their indirect coaching and support of new implementers of the PFA-SBT process, including design and implementation of PFA and initial steps of SBT as well as treatment extensions.

Attendance in all live classes and completion of on-demand content will yield 14 Type 2 BACB (3 ethics, 4 supervision) continuing education credits for Level 6 candidate. Attendance in the two designated live classes (see schedule) and completion of on-demand content will yield 9 Type 2 BACB (3 ethics, 1 supervision) continuing education credits for Level 5 candidate.  Completion of all on-demand content and attendance in all live classes and presentation of implementation and supervision progress are necessary to achieve Level 6 credentials.  Completion of all on-demand content and attendance in first and last live classes and a final presentation of case-specific implementation are necessary to achieve Level 5 credentials. Credentialing fee for level 5 and 6 candidates is included in the price.

Pre-requisites for level 6 candidates:

Level 4 credentials already achieved

Pre-requisites for level 5 candidates: 

Level 1 credentials already achieved

Course Offering and Schedule
Course Instructor Day Time Timeline Status
PFA-SBT Advanced Dr. Anthony Cammilleri Tuesdays 3-5:30 PM EST January/April 2023 Registration Open

 

Next Schedule:

Schedule Date Time
1-hr CEU:
Skill-Based Treatment Extension: Generalization and Maintenance (by Dr. Ruppel)
Two 1-hr advance CEUs from the list below:
Tips for Expediting the Skill-Based Treatment Process (by Dr. Hanley)
Beyond FCT: Avoiding Delay-Induced Resurgence of Problem Behavior (by Dr. Ghaemmaghami)
Advancing the Complexity of Communication During FCT (by Dr. Ward)
Preventing Escalation in the Analysis of Severe Problem Behavior (by Dr. Gover)
Prompting, Shaping, & Differential Reinforcement (by Dr. Ruppel)
January 1-31, 2023
(Must be completed to attend live classes)
N/A
Class 1* (3 hours, Level 6 candidate only): Train-The Trainer Workshop January 31, 2023 3-6 PM EST
Classes 2-8 (2 hours, Level 6 candidate only): Supervision Review (Meeting form, graphs, videos) February 7, 2023
February 13, 2023 (moved to Mon. due to Valentine’s Day)
February 21, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 7, 2023
March 14, 2023
March 21, 2023
3-5:30 PM EST
Class 9* (3 hours Level 5 and 6): SBT Generalization & Maintenance Design, Reflection Tips March 28, 2023 3-6 PM EST
Class 10-12 (2 hours, Level 6 candidate only): Supervision Review (Meeting form, graphs, videos) April 4, 2023
April 11, 2023
April 18, 2023
3-5:30 PM EST
Class 13* (3 hours, both Level 5 and Level 6 candidates): Implementation and Implementer Review (Level 5 candidates final case presentations) April 25, 2023 3-6 PM EST

To Register for this class, please fill out the form below.

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