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An Introduction to The Assessment of Adult Core Competencies Curriculum for Extreme Aggression (ACCEA) – A 6 hour workshop in 2 parts



We strongly recommend you attend this before signing up for the add-on modules offered later this year.

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Presented by: John M. Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, CBIST

Friday 7/16/2021 &  Friday 7/23/2021

11:00 am - 2:00 pm eastern (New York)

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the Recordings. Recordings closes 10 days after the second event in the series. Recordings close on 8/2/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)

View additional information about the The Assessment of Adult Core Competencies Curriculum (ACCEA) Workshop Series

Learn more about The Assessment of Adult Core Competencies Curriculum and our presenter on The Behavioral Observations Podcast*


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PART 1: Staff Assessment and Training Guidelines in Intensive Behavioral Settings for Adults with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities 


This training will cover a multitude of issues related to the training and retention of direct support staff who work with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The scope of the training will cover trauma histories as they relate to staff, the diagnosis and amelioration of trauma based issues, and the incorporation of wellness programs for staff. The influence of burnout as it applies to working with this population will also be addressed along with a host of strategies targeting staff wellness, data collection, interaction styles and resiliency measures to address these issues.

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.


By the end of this event:

    1. Participants will select different measures that assess the extent to which direct care staff are utilized in settings that serve adults with ID.
    2. Participants will identify the role of trauma as it relates to both the people whom we serve and the staff who work with them.
    3. Participants will match proactive ways to evaluate staff in terms of their learning history working with clients with extreme aggression.
    4. Participants will identify strategies that promote the wellness and care of individuals with significant aggressive behavior and the staff who serve them.

PART 2: Comprehensive Assessment Protocols for Use in Environments Addressing Severe Problem Behavior in Adults with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities


This training will cover comprehensive assessment protocols as they apply to serving adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities (ID). The information will go beyond basic functional assessment tools and methodology to cover environmental assessment measures as well as the ability of the person with ID to fully pursue the values and goals that they have set for themselves. A fully operationalized set of what we call “measures of wellbeing” will be reviewed along with their impact on those whom we serve. The ability of these measures of wellbeing to ameliorate severe aggressive behavior will also be covered. A complete assessment and intervention tool for working with adults with ASD and other intellectual disabilities and severe aggressive behavior will also be covered.


By the end of this event:

    1. Participants will identify the design of environmental assessments in residential settings in which there are clients who display severe aggression.
    2. Participants will select how to better quantify aggressive behavior in terms of its impact on the environment.
    3. Participants will be able to select the specific aspects of operationally defined self-esteem behaviors and will choose the best options for individuals in different settings.
    4. Participants will identify the nature of and the need for more in depth functional assessment as it relates to severe aggressive behavior.


11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:30 pm: 10 minute break
12:40 pm: First Q&A session
12:50 pm: Webinar resumes
1:45 pm: Second Q&A session
2:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms


Dr. Guercio has spent much of his career researching effective staff training protocols and behavior intervention strategies for staff and clients in settings where severe aggression is present. Since obtaining his master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Guercio has worked in settings serving as Director of Behavioral Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and as Vice President of Clinical Services and Research at the Judevine Center for Autism/TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the behavior analysis department at Washington University, St. Louis University and Central Missouri University. He has given more than 500 presentations at behavioral conferences and authored and/or co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written several book chapters related to the treatment of intensive behavioral issues. He has authored or co-authored 2 books; Assessment of Adult Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges; and Behavioral Relaxation Training Clinical Applications with Diverse Populations. Dr. Guercio serves on the Board of Editors of Behavior Analysis Research and Practice and is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In his career, Dr. Guercio has helped design and run a program for individuals with sexually deviant behavior and substance abuse issues and has developed an entire treatment protocol based upon that program. In his current role at Benchmark Human Services, Dr. Guercio serves as the Clinical Director. He develops and delivers behavioral services for clients with significant aggression and high risk behavioral needs, many of whom have been institutionalized for more than 15 years, often under restraints and heavy medication. Through Dr. Guercio’s leadership, many clients’ medication dosages have decreased and they have developed positive compensatory behaviors and are being integrated into the community. Dr. Guercio currently serves on the ABAI Licensing Committee and is a board member of the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Guercio receives small royalties from sales of his books.


    • BCBAs earn 6 Learning CEUs including 3 Supervision: Live or recording
    • Psychologists earn 6 CEs: Live or recording
    • Counselors earn 6 CEs (assessment/ counseling theory) Live or recording
    • Social Workers earn 6 Clinical CEs LIVE ONLY
    • AOTA CEUs - Submitted for Review as per 2021 AOTA Submission Requirements.
    • You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

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 on two quizzes. Quizzes will be given following the end of Part 1 and Part 2 and will assess the four learning objectives of that 3-hour session.


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