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Canceled due to speaker conflict-Behavioral Skills Training From Research to Practice: A 4-part course


LIVE WEBINARS are on Tuesday: 2/11/20, 2/25/20, 3/3/20 & 3/17/20

RECORDINGS are available for 7 days post LIVE webinar.  See below for video closing dates. 

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General Information

Title: Behavioral Skills Training From Research to Practice: A four part course

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey

LIVE Dates: Part 1: 2/11/2020, Part 2: 2/25/2020, Part 3: 3/3/2020, Part 4: 3/17/2020

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

Recording Availability: Video closes 7 days after the LIVE webinar:

Part 1: 2/18/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York) Part 2:  3/3/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York) Part 3: 3/10/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York) Part 4: 3/24/2020 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)


In almost all contexts applied behavior analysts attempt to change the behavior of one person to change the behavior of another person. This can include training staff and family members (caregivers). The first webinar will review how to assess the training needs of caregivers and how to prioritize them. Methods can include positive and negative critical incidents; deficiencies from accreditation and funding agencies; surveys of staff, supervisor, administrator, client and family member opinions; professional standards; expert committees; and evidence-based practices. This workshop will include ethical issues related to identification of training needs. The second workshop will cover writing task analyses and data collection as applied to caregiver training. This will include special issues related to deciding on the breadth of task analysis and how to observe, graph and interpret opportunity-based measures of staff performance. The third workshop will provide advanced cover training methods. This will include standard behavioral skills training (BST) but also design of models for training; script-based training in role play; analyzing and programming generalization of caregiver behavior using multiple exemplar and general case training; observer effect; and procedures to maximize training efficiency such as group training. The final workshop will address pyramidal training and how to develop and evaluate systems of caregiver training. Finally, the fourth workshop will describe organizational issues and the limits to training caregivers.

Learning Objectives

The participants will:
*Identify novel examples of caregiver training needs assessment.
*Identify training needs for part of a caregiver's job and how to prioritize those needs.
*Identify task analyses for a current caregiver training need.
*Identify how to design a data collection system and graphing method to observe opportunity-based caregiver training behavior.
*Identify novel examples of design of models for training, script-based training in role play, analyzing and programming generalization of caregiver behavior using multiple exemplar and general case training, observer effect, and procedures to maximize training efficiency such as group training.
*Identify the elements of pyramidal training.
*Identify how to set up and monitor system-wide programs of staff training.
*Identify organizational issues on system-wide staff training including limitations to staff training.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Professor Peter Sturmey, ABAC resident speaker, is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specializes 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 Health and Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools 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 implementing large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs.

Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, and over 70 book chapters. He is the series editor for Springer’s new book series Advances in Prevention and Treatment in Violence and Aggression. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working 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. He provides training and consultations widely.

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.

Credit Hour Information

BCBAs earn 11 CEUs Plus 1 Ethics CEU (Total 12) for Live & Recording 

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

For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


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