April Special Issue Recording: Staff Training in Residential Facilities: Skills, Steps, Problem-solving and Take Homes


Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey PhD

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Despite calls for community integration for many years, many children and adults continue to live in residential facilities, including group homes, institutions and other large residential facilities. Such settings are highly challenging to work in due to the large numbers of individuals served in one setting; staffing issues; under funding; focusing on crisis management rather than prevention; and inadequate oversight of services. This webinar reviews recent research on staff training in residential facilities that offers a partial solution to some of these problems. Interventions reviewed training staff to conduct positive behavioral supports, person centered planning, applied behavior analysis, mindfulness. The webinar concludes with practitioner guidelines.

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.


Participants will identify the:

1. Extent of residential services for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities;
2. Characteristics of these populations;
3. Current research on training staff to conduct positive behavioral supports, person centered planning, applied behavior analysis and mindfulness; and
4. Implications for practice.


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.


The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.


    • BCBAs earn 3 Supervision CEUs for viewing recording.
    • Psychologists earn 2.5 CEs for viewing the recording
    • Not eligible for NBCC, ASWB,  or AOTA continuing education hours


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit
    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • CEs not available for professions other than those listed. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page