ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents Dr. Jeff Kupfer: Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment: The Role of Collaboration in Rehabilitation



Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Presented By: Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist
University of Colorado-Denver

6:00 - 9:00 pm eastern (New York) 

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Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to treat, often requiring a coordinated rehabilitation team to direct the course of treatment. Basic and complex skills may need to be relearned and individuals with brain injury may actively resist rehabilitation for multiple reasons which impedes successful outcomes.
A variety of interventions exist that address motivation and participation, in addition to effective skill teaching, which have been developed by behavior analysts. Regrettably, these techniques have been largely ignored and the benefits of collaboration remain elusive to most rehabilitation teams and behavior analysts.
This is a talk about collaboration and finding common ground for successful treatment planning. A review of the Four Causes of Behavior (Kupfer, Killeen, & Buzan, 2016) will lay the groundwork for defining the roles and boundaries of each of the rehabilitation team participants. Then, a brief overview of brain geography, function, and TBI measurement scales will be presented. Finally, three case studies will be presented that demonstrate treatment collaboration with physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), speech and language pathology (SLP) and behavior analysis. Skills acquired include walking, tooth brushing, wheelchair transfers, and self-control. Strategies that invite and support collaboration across disciplines will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the Four Causes of Behavior which define the boundaries of professional practice in treating persons with TBI.
  • Participants will be able to identify the major lobes of the brain and their respective functions.
  • Participants will be able to identify the benefits of using the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale and the Glascow Coma Scale.
  • Participants will be able to identify the appropriate errorless fading techniques to use when working with individuals with TBI.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Jeff Kupfer received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Florida, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior. He has conducted research in animal models of complex learning and psychopathology, as well as research examining environmental influences on bipedal travel in persons with visual loss. Jeff is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Nebraska, a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a lecturer at the University of Colorado-Denver. He was the first president of the Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis and is a Founder and Trustee for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.Jeff has been practicing behavior analysis since 1984, specializing in the treatment of severe behavioral disorders in persons with brain injury, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other neurological disorders. He has published in the areas of behavior analysis, pharmacology, and visual impairments, and has served as a guest reviewer and guest editor for professional journals including The Behavior Analyst, Perspectives on Behavior Science and Brain Injury. Jeff is a consultant for Learning Services Neurobehavioral Institute–West in Colorado and Jeff is currently at Trumpet Behavioral Health. His research interests include delay discounting and impulsivity in persons with brain injury. Jeff enjoys hiking, training for triathlons, and walking with his two dogs.

Dr. Kupfer 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
7:30 pm: 10 minute break
7:40 pm: First Q&A session
7:50 pm: Webinar resumes
8:45 pm: Second Q&A session
9:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts - 3 CEUs* (Learning)

Occupational Therapists - .3 CEUs*

Psychologists - NA


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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