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Behavioral Relaxation Training: Third Wave Intervention for the Management of Stress, Anger, and Extreme Aggression in Special Populations – Module 1



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John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, CBIST

Friday, 9/17/21 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm eastern (New York)

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the recording. Recording closes 9/27/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)

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This training will cover the incorporation of Behavioral Relaxation Training as it applies to the assessment and training of relaxed behavior. This training will be compared with mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques with respect to efficacy, evidence base, and clinical outcomes. The Behavioral Relaxation Scale (BRS) will also be covered along with a tutorial on scoring with the BRS and determination of which areas of relaxed behavior need to be targeted. The role of multi-modal assessment will be presented in the context of BRT as it compares to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), mindfulness training, and a host of other relaxation and stress reduction techniques.

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 of relaxation and the form that they have taken as they have been introduced historically.
  2. Participants will identify the role of observational, motoric and other modalities as they apply to relaxed behavior.
  3. Participants will match the areas of the Behavioral Relaxation Scale (BRS) as they apply to assessing relaxed behavior.


11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:45 pm: Q&A opportunity
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.


    • BCBAs earn 2 CEUs  (Learning): Live or recording
    • Psychologists earn 2 CEs Live or recording
    • Counselors earn 2 CEs (assessment/ counseling theory) Live or recording
    • Social Workers earn 2 Clinical CEs LIVE ONLY
    • AOTA CEUs - Submitted for Review as per 2021 AOTA Submission Requirements.
    • You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
    For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


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 3 learning objectives for this 2 hour event.