Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Current Issues 


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General Information

Title: Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Current Issues

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey PhD

LIVE Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability:

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the video.

Video closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar:  9/26/20  at 11:59pm eastern


Restraint and restrictive behavior management practices (RRBMPs) refers to physical, mechanical and chemical forms of restraint, and other procedures, such as environmental barriers, that restrict movement. RRBMPs are widely assumed to be undesirable and sometimes these procedures are dangerous and even lethal. Despite decades, if not centuries, of calls for the safe reduction of restraint and other restrictive behavior management practices, they continue to be used widely. This webinar will describe some contemporary issues and illustrate them by recent reports by Propublica on use of restraint in schools in Illinois in 2019.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define RRBMPs
  • Identify the risks of RRBMPs
  • 3 Identify ethical issues that arise with the use of restraint in educational settings such as those described during the presentation.

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.


7:00 pm Introduction

7:05 pm Webinar begins

7:50 pm Q&A

8:00 pm Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 1 Ethics CEU* (Learning)
Psychologists earn 1 Ethics CE Hour*

Occupational Therapists earn .1 AOTA CEU*

Social Workers earn 1 Ethics CE**

Certified Counselors earn 1 Ethics CE**

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes

  • CEs not available for other professions

*CE for viewing Live or Recording


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