Reducing and Eliminating Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: The Role of Applied Behavior Analysis


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Professor Peter Sturmey, PhD

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a unique contribution to safe restraint reduction. First, ABA uses a functional analytic framework to understand the functions of restraint. Second, ABA has specific function-based interventions to safely reduce restraint. These include: (a) evidence-based practices for reducing the target behaviors that occasion the use of restraint, (b) rapid restraint analysis, (c) restraint fading, (d) contingency-based interventions, and (e) procedures to train caregivers and ensure and maintain treatment integrity. This workshop will review these procedures and make recommendations for practitioners.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:
1. Identify and give examples of RRBMPs;
2. Identify the overall prevalence of RRBMPs;
3. Identify the personal and organizational risk factors for RRBMPs; and
4. Identify the professional ethical and legal aspects of the use of RRBMPs

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York. He specialized in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then at San Antonio State School during a federal class action lawsuit. There he supervised behavioral services and master's level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implemented large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs. Professor Sturmey has published 28 edited and authored books, over 225 peer reviewed papers, over 80 book chapters and made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil and Italy. His research focuses on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities.

Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.


6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:45 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 2  CEUs* (Learning)
Psychologists earn 2 CE Hours*
Occupational Therapists earn .2 AOTA CEU*
Social Workers earn 2 CE**
Certified Counselors earn 2 CE**

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
CEs not available for other professions

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Eliminating Restraint Applied Behavior Analysis