ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents Dr. Teresa Camille Kolu: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Behavior Analysis for Behavioral, Mental Health, and Educational Professionals



General Information

Title: ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Dr. Teresa Camille Kolu: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Behavior Analysis for Behavioral, Mental Health, and Educational Professionals

Presented By: Dr. Teresa Camille Kolu

LIVE Webinar Date: Wednesday September 9, 2020 

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

Recording Availability: FOR 10 days: Until 9/19/20  at 11:59pm eastern 



The cultural movement to extend trauma-informed services to settings and clients typically served by behavior analysis is challenged by a widespread lack of training, support, and unified understanding of how behavior analytic principles are applicable. In some cases, we lack knowledge of appropriate assessments, supervised experience with sensitive populations, and skills including rigorous risk documentation and collaboration with trauma-informed teams. These statements may be especially true, and their consequences serious, where trauma related behavior intersects with other challenges related to our vulnerable populations. This introduction to trauma-informed behavior analysis (TIBA) shares case studies where behavior analysis was applied in a trauma-informed way in a productive team context to support individuals from settings across education, autism clinics, foster families, day programs, and hospitals. Participants will learn from a collaborative perspective as we move toward operationalizing trauma-related contextual stimuli and treating related behaviors. Participants who collaborate with behavior analysts, or any of those who work in teams addressing behavioral concerns after trauma, will find this useful.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will identify ways that trauma related terms can be operationalized in ways conceptually consistent with behavior analysis.
  • Participants will match applications of behavior analysis to trauma-related needs.
  • Participants will select examples of using tools to enhance applied behavior analytic practice with people affected by trauma.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Dr. Camille Kolu is a behavioral scientist and BCBA-D in Denver, Colorado. She is the owner of Cusp Emergence, a private practice in which she joins families and agencies to engineer behavioral cusps for individuals and their loved ones. After training, supervision and work at the University of North Texas, Dr. Kolu earned a Ph.D. in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University, where she developed neurobiological animal models of autism, and examined olfactory and social contextual conditioning. Dr. Kolu practices behavior analysis across the lifespan with individuals and families affected by autism, foster care or adoption, mental illness, and/or developmental and intellectual disabilities. She partners with health and human service agencies, mental hospitals, schools, community-centered boards, and universities, and enjoys designing and teaching courses in behavior analysis and ethics. Dr. Kolu has published in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the advisory board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. She is active in local behavior analytic groups. Dr. Kolu explores research interests in verbal communities of reinforcement and stimulus schedules in the everyday interactions of families affected by disruption or trauma, while using her private practice to provide training, education, and behavior analytic mentorship and supervision.

Dr. Kolu does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM). 



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 – 2 CEUs* (Learning)

Psychologists – 2 CEs*

Social Workers – 2 Clinical CEs**

Counselors – 2 CEs**

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

** CE for Live Only

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