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Special Issue Recording: Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices: Reductions in Group Settings


Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey PhD

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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.

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:

  • 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.


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 2 CEUs for viewing recording.
    • Psychologists earn 1.75 CEs for viewing the recording
    • Certified Counselors earn 2 CEs (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.
  • 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 4 learning objectives for this 2 hour event.