Course Descriptions

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.

Upcoming Courses

2022: January/March - PFA-SBT Level 2 Design and Application Support (**Registration Closed**) - Check back for cohort dates

Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment: Level 2 Education, Design and Enhanced Application Support

This course is for professionals who are new to the PFA and SBT process, as well as those who already use it in their daily practice. The course is designed to meet you at your personal level of skill and then extend your skill to the next level.

This course will consist of 20 hours worth of instructional content, including access to 8 hours of pre-recorded video instruction presented by Dr. Greg Hanley. Successful completion of the course will yield 16 Type 2 BACB continuing education credits. Four of the credit hours will be dedicated to supervision and 3 will be dedicated to ethics.

Live, biweekly instruction will then take place with Dr. Theresa Fiani

All classes will be conducted via video conferencing software (i.e., Zoom), which is free to download and use.

Class Schedule, 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST (GMT -4)

  • Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022

A limited number of need-based partial scholarships ranging from 10% to 25% of the full price ($2,000) of the course. Scholarship deadline for this course is December 23rd.

Registration deadline is: December 29th, 2021. If registering after this date, a $60.00 late fee will be applied.

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase additional consults with the instructor, post-class.

Email Dr. Mahshid Ghaemmaghami for questions at dr.g@ftfbc.com.

2022: January/April - PFA-SBT Level 4 Credentialing Course: Education, Application, and Implementation (**Registration Closed**) -- Check back for next cohort dates

PFA-SBT Level 4: Education, Application, and Implementation

This course is for professionals who would like a supervised experience in their application of the process with a specific client.  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 like more supervision. This course can be taken individually or in a dyad (lead and support implementers).

A 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. 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.

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.

Live and On-demand Schedule:

On-demand PFA/SBT course 10 CEUs:

  • January 1-February 5 (must be completed to attend live classes)

11 weekly live classes:

Class 1*(3 hours): Interviewing Tips, IISCA Design, SBT Design, Reflection Tips:

  • February 10, 2022: 3-6 pm EST

Class 2* (3 hours): IISCA Review and Reflection: 

  • February 17, 2022: 3-6 pm EST

Classes 3-11 (2 hours): Treatment Review (Meeting form, graphs, videos)

  • February 24, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • March 3, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • March 10, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • March 17, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • March 24, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • March 31, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • April 7, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • April 14, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • April 21, 2022, 3-5 PM EST

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

2022: March/April - Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Sleep Problems: Education, Application, and Implementation

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.  

Class Schedule, 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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.

Registration deadline is: February 23rd . If registering after this date, a $60.00 late fee will be applied.

To register for this course, please fill out the form below.

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2022: April/May - Balance Design and Application Support: Home-based Program Addressing Emerging Problem Behavior

Balance: A Parent-Professional Collaborative Approach to Emerging Problem Behavior

Description:

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 is designed for professionals who work with the families of young children with autism. In this course, we will review data from the empirical evaluation of the Balance Program, discuss the program content and format in detail, and attendees will have the opportunity to design an individualized application of the Balance Program for a family they serve. 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.

Attendees will receive electronic versions of the Balance Program manuals (professional and parent versions), including data sheets and implementation checklists.

The course will have 4 classes with each lasting 2 hours, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST.

All classes will be conducted via video conferencing software (i.e., Zoom), which is free to download and use.

Class Schedule 
Kelsey Ruppel, Ph.D., BCBA-D

  • Wednesday, April, 6, 2022
  • Wednesday, April, 20, 2022
  • Wednesday, May, 4, 2022
  • Wednesday, May, 18, 2022

Registration deadline is: March 30th, 2022. If registering after this date, a $60.00 late fee will be applied.

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase 6 30-min one-on-one consults with the instructor, post-class, at a reduced rate.

Email Dr. Mahshid Ghaemmaghami for questions at dr.g@ftfbc.com.

To register for this course, please fill out the form below.

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  • If BACB number is not provided, we will assume that no CEUs are required.

2022: April/September - PFA-SBT Level 6: Advanced Education, Application, Implementation & Supervision

PFA-SBT Level 6: Advanced Education, Application, Implementation & Supervision

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 2 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 first and last live class 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.

Live and On-demand Schedule:

On-demand (April 22- May 11, 2022): *must be completed to attend live classes*

  • 1-hr CEU: Extending Problem Behavior Treatment to Parents & Caregivers (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)

12 live classes (review dates and attendance requirements carefully):

Class 1*(3 hours, both Level 5 and Level 6 candidates): SBT Generalization & Maintenance Design, Reflection Tips

  • May 12, 2022: 3-6 pm EST

Class 2* (3 hours, Level 6 candidate only): Train-The Trainer Workshop 

  • May 19, 2022: 3-6 pm EST

Classes 3-11 (2 hours, Level 6 candidate only): Supervision Review (Meeting form, graphs, videos)

  • June 9, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • June 16, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • June 23, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • June 30, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • July 7, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • July 14, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • July 21, 2022: NO CLASS
  • July 28, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • August 4, 2022, 3-5 PM EST
  • August 11, 2022, 3-5 PM EST

Class 12* (3 hours, both Level 5 and Level 6 candidates): Implementation and Implementer Review (Level 5 candidates final case presentations) 

  • September 1, 2022: 3-6 pm EST

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

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