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Title: Training Caregivers, Staff and Peers Effectively, Efficiently and Acceptably

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey

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Training caregivers, staff and peers to deliver effective treatments has a very long history in ABA and dates back to implementation of token economies in the late 1950s. These procedures were formalized into behavioral skills training (BST) in the 1970’s and were widely applied, especially in services and families for individuals with autism and / or intellectual disabilities. Recent meta-analyses of small N experiments and RCTs in this area confirm this wide-spread application (Almadovar-Maffei & Sturmey, 2018; Leaf et al., 2018).
Research over the last five years has been characterized by: (1) application to a wider range of skills; (b) application to multiple skills; (c) pyramidal training including training behavior analysts to conduct BST accurately; (d) more attention to efficiency by identifying the effective components of the BST and promoting generalization of trainer behavior, and reporting training times; and (e) training peers. This webinar will present publication trends in the behavioral literature from 2013-2018 and highlight the implications for practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Participants will identify:
1. Historical trends in BST;
2. The range of application of BST in contemporary research and practice;
3. Recent studies of pyramidal training;
4. Procedures to maximize the effectiveness of training; and
5. Recent research developments between 2013-2018

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

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.

Credit Hour Information

BCBAs  earn 3 Supervision CEUs for viewing recording.

Psychologists earn 2.5 CEs for viewing the recording

  • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
  • CEs not available for other professions

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This webinar is 3 hours long. It begins with a short intro and the presenter starts speaking soon after. At the end of the event, participants are required to submit an evaluation, take and pass a post-test and submit attendance codes.