Join Dr. Hanley and his team as they lead FTF’s efforts to disseminate compassionate and trauma-informed assessments and treatments.Attendees will learn about practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment of severe problem behavior and the universal protocol. Read more about the two day event in the event description below.
Day 1- Part 1: Today’s ABA: A Compassionate and Collaborative Approach for Improving Relationships and Behavior
A contemporary and trauma-assumed version of applied behavior analysis for consideration when working with autistic persons or those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially when problem behavior is probable, will be described. The presenter will emphasize the values at the forefront of this compassionate and collaborative ABA approach along with the sequence of steps in therapeutic processes aimed at improving relationships en route to addressing problem behavior.
- The attendee will be able to describe the three values associated with Today’s ABA.
- The attendee will be able to describe the most important understandings for people who provide direct support to children, adolescents, or adults with autism and/or developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Day 1- Part 2: On the Latest Iteration of the Practical Functional Assessment: Knowledge and Application
The latest iteration of the practical functional assessment will be conveyed through lectures, interactive discussions, and application exercises. The presenter will emphasize the procedures for maximizing the safety, televisibility, and shared rapport of the assessment process. The attendees will then apply the knowledge of practical functional assessment to specific learners in this part of the workshop. Following identification of educational, habilitative, and familial priorities, the attendees will design the assessment process for their specific learners.
- An attendee will be able to defend the practice of relying on synthesized reinforcement contingencies when functionally analyzing problem behavior and articulate the advantages of functional control over functional classification.
- An attendee will be able to derive the suspected response class, establishing operations, and synthesized reinforcers from interview results.
- An attendee will be able to describe the tactics for improving the safety, efficiency, and televisibility of the functional analysis.
- An attendee will learn how to design the initial context in which the learner is happy, relaxed, and engaged.
- An attendee will learn how to empower clients in this same context while preventing problem behavior from escalating when challenging situations are introduced.
- An attendee will learn how to identify the components of priority skill sets (branches) for an individual learner.
- An attendee will learn how to collect data during the practical functional assessment.
Day 2- Part 1: On the Latest Iteration of the Skill-Based Treatment Process: Knowledge and Application
The latest iteration of skill-based treatment process will be conveyed through lectures, interactive discussions, and application exercises. The presenter will emphasize the procedures for maximizing the safety, televisibility, and shared rapport of the process. The presenter will then describe the effective and parent-validated treatment process. Teaching contextually appropriate behavior following the shaping of communication and toleration repertoires will be described in detail. The presenter will also review the relevance of several choice models for further minimizing risks and expanding the practitioner’s scope of practice. The knowledge of skill-based treatment will then be applied to specific learners in this part of the workshop.
- An attendee will be able to describe how to develop replacement skills quickly and safely within an open-door model that obviates the use of physical management and minimizes the possibility of escalated problem behavior.
- An attendee will be able to describe the generally applicable process for teaching contextually appropriate behavior following the shaping of communication and toleration repertoires.
- An attendee will be able to describe how to respond to problem behaviors were they to resurge during the skill-based treatment process.
- An attendee will be able to describe different choice models in which the process may be conducted to further minimize escalated forms of problem behavior during the therapeutic process.
- An attendee will learn how to identify and develop communication and toleration repertoires for their learner.
- An attendee will learn how to shape contextually appropriate chains of behaviors comprised of relinquishing, transitioning, starting, varying, enduring, and persisting for their learner.
- An attendee will learn how to collect data, monitor progress, and make values-based and performance-based decisions during the skill-based treatment process.
Day 2- Part 2: The Universal Protocol: Increasing Safety, Dignity, and Joy Across the Day
The practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment processes have been demonstrated to reduce or eliminate severe problem behavior and increase important life skills for clients with a variety of strengths and needs. However, building these skills takes time and expertise, and stakeholders often wonder what they should do while a client is awaiting these processes, as well as what to do outside of treatment sessions for clients just beginning the process. The Universal Protocol offers an across-the-day solution. It forms the foundation from which treatment is provided to all individuals in a service setting. It emphasizes safety and dignity for clients and staff, and it is designed to improve client-staff trust and rapport. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the Universal Protocol, as well as the logistics associated with its implementation (i.e., data collection, client specific and organizational outcome measures)
- An attendee will be able to describe the 7 elements of the Universal Protocol.
- An attendee will be able to describe how to support implementation of a Universal Protocol.
- An attendee will be able to describe measures used to evaluate the effects of the Universal Protocol on a client/staff-specific and organizational scale