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Special Issue Recording: Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Current Issues


Originally Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey PhD on 9/16/20

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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.

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.


Following this webinar the learner will:

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


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.


    • BCBAs earn 1 Ethics CEU (learning) for viewing recording.
    • Psychologists earn 1 Ethics CE for viewing the recording
    • Certified Counselors earn 1 CE (Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship.)
    • Not eligible for  ASWB or AOTA continuing education hours

Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • You 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 1 hour event.