Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Reductions in Group Settings


 Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Professor Peter Sturmey PhD

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

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Behavior analysts and other professionals may be asked to reduce restraint at the group level, such as in classrooms, schools, residences, institutions or large geographical areas. Although seemingly daunting, the task is possible and reported outcomes in research articles are surprisingly positive. Large reductions of 50-90% are reported in 6 months to 7 years in studies involving hundreds of clients and multiple settings. This workshop describes common components in intervention packages and how to adapt and implement these procedures. The workshop will conclude with recommendations for practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Following this webinar the learner will:

  • Identify procedures to reduce restraint at the group level.
  • Identify applications in school settings
  • Identify applications in residential settings
  • Identify long-term outcomes in terms of restraint reduction and safety data.

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

*CE for viewing Live or Recording


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