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An Introduction to The Assessment of Adult Core Competencies Curriculum for Extreme Aggression (ACCEA) – A 6- hour workshop in 2- parts

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Event Information

Presented by: John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, CBIST

Live: Friday 1/14/2022
&  Friday 1/21/2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm eastern (New York)


In 2022, the recording of all ABACLive Webinars and Workshops are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks. Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.

The recording will close on 2/4/22 at 11:59 pm eastern.

We strongly recommend you attend this introduction to ACCEA workshop if you are interested in the intermediate level workshops presented by Dr. Guercio  

PART 1: Staff Assessment and Training Guidelines in Intensive Behavioral Settings for Adults with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities 


This training will cover a multitude of issues related to the training and retention of direct support staff who work with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The scope of the training will cover trauma histories as they relate to staff, the diagnosis and amelioration of trauma based issues, and the incorporation of wellness programs for staff. The influence of burnout as it applies to working with this population will also be addressed along with a host of strategies targeting staff wellness, data collection, interaction styles and resiliency measures to address these issues.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event:

    1. Participants will select different measures that assess the extent to which direct care staff are utilized in settings that serve adults with ID.
    2. Participants will identify the role of trauma as it relates to both the people whom we serve and the staff who work with them.
    3. Participants will match proactive ways to evaluate staff in terms of their learning history working with clients with extreme aggression.
    4. Participants will identify strategies that promote the wellness and care of individuals with significant aggressive behavior and the staff who serve them.

PART 2: Comprehensive Assessment Protocols for Use in Environments Addressing Severe Problem Behavior in Adults with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities


This training will cover comprehensive assessment protocols as they apply to serving adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities (ID). The information will go beyond basic functional assessment tools and methodology to cover environmental assessment measures as well as the ability of the person with ID to fully pursue the values and goals that they have set for themselves. A fully operationalized set of what we call “measures of wellbeing” will be reviewed along with their impact on those whom we serve. The ability of these measures of wellbeing to ameliorate severe aggressive behavior will also be covered. A complete assessment and intervention tool for working with adults with ASD and other intellectual disabilities and severe aggressive behavior will also be covered.


By the end of this event:

    1. Participants will identify the design of environmental assessments in residential settings in which there are clients who display severe aggression.
    2. Participants will select how to better quantify aggressive behavior in terms of its impact on the environment.
    3. Participants will be able to select the specific aspects of operationally defined self-esteem behaviors and will choose the best options for individuals in different settings.
    4. Participants will identify the nature of and the need for more in depth functional assessment as it relates to severe aggressive behavior.


10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Webinar begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A session
11:50 am: Webinar resumes
12:45 pm: Second Q&A session
1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms


Dr. Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University, St. Louis University and Central Missouri University. He has given more than 500 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. He has authored or co-authored 2 books; Assessment of Adult Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges; and Behavioral Relaxation Training Clinical Applications with Diverse Populations. Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program. In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves on the ABAI Licensing Committee and is a board member of the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Guercio receives small royalties from sales of his books.


  • 6 BACB CEUs (learning)
  • 6 APA Credit Hours
  • 6 NBCC Credit Hours (assessment/ counseling theory)
  • Above professions earn CE hours for LIVE or RECORDING.


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.

We are now offering a specially priced option for individuals only seeking a certificate of attendance. This option gives access to the recording of the live event only.  Those who sign up for this option can access the recording the day after the live event and have two-weeks to view the recording and verify their attendance. No post-test is required for this option. Once attendance is verified, attendees must fill out a confidential evaluation before a certificate will be granted. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 8 learning objectives for this 6- hour event.


  1. PDF handouts of presentation slides
  2. Select assessments, articles, and other resources
  3. Reference list.