This series of 4 Modules offers a video training presented by Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D.

Module 1 is an overview of a person-centered, nonlinear, multi-element model for providing positive behavioral supports will be presented and also a full description of the roles that ecology, positive programming and reinforcement play within this model will be discussed.

Topics Covered:

  • Rationale for nonaversive, positive behavioral supports
  • An introduction to the multi-element model for providing nonaversive person-centered behavioral supports
  • Environmental / ecological change in support of behavior change
  • Positive programming: Its role in and methods of supporting behavior change
  • Reinforcement / motivational strategies to promote rapid behavior change
  • Overview
  • Differential reinforcement in support of behavior change
  • Stimulus control and stimulus satiation strategies

Objectives | Participants will learn:

  • Ways in which a person’s ecology can be used to achieve behavior change
  • The rationale behind and methods of implementing Functionally Equivalent
  • Functionally Related and Coping Skills
  • To use reinforcement strategies to increase desirable behaviors and to reduce challenging behaviors
  • How to use reinforcement to reduce but not eliminate certain challenging behaviors through stimulus control

Course Fee: $150.00 USD

In Module 2 we will provide in-depth training in behavioral assessment, functional analysis of behavior and how the qualified professional can use this information to develop positive behavioral support plans.

Topics Covered:

  • An introduction to the multi-element model for providing nonaversive person-centered behavioral supports
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Purposes of behavioral assessment
  • Levels of behavioral assessment
  • Methods used when conducting a behavioral assessment
  • Overview of information gathered during a behavioral assessment
  • Overview of the Behavior Assessment Guide
  • Functional analysis of behavior
  • Mediator analysis
  • Motivational analysis
  • Ecological analysis
  • Summary and conclusions

Objectives | Participants will learn:

  • The four major areas of the person-centered, multi-element model
  • The differences between proactive and reactive strategies
  • How to define behavior using the following characteristics: topography, cycle, course, strength
  • To describe five major components of an Antecedent Analysis
  • To identify three major purposes of the Mediator Analysis
  • To describe four major categories addressed by the Ecological Analysis
  • To describe three methods for determining effective potential reinforcers

Course Fee: $150.00 USD

When punishment is no longer used to manage behavior, people ask “What do we do when the behavior occurs?” “What do we do in a crisis?” Module 3 will provide an overview of emergency management and reactive strategies that might be used as part of a complete non-linear, multi-element support plan.

Topics Covered:

  • The context of emergency management: A good support plan is more than just reacting to the problem
  • Antecedent control: A description of strategies for preventing crises
  • How to react when a problem arises:
    • Proximity strategies
    • Instructional strategies
    • Facilitative / problem solving strategies
    • Stimulus change strategies
  • Counter-intuitive strategies
    • Natural consequences: When and when not to use
    • Ignoring: Uses / Abuses / Guidelines
    • Capitulation: When is it OK to “give in?”
  • Interpositioning or geographical containment: How to use the physical environment to prevent injury
  • Recognizing and meeting the emotional needs of staff

Objectives | Participants will learn:

  • Effective strategies to avoid consumer injuries, even with the most aggressive behavior
  • How to reduce staff injuries and the resulting workers’ compensation claims
  • Techniques to avoid situations where challenging behavior can become dangerous
  • Nonaversive strategies to regain control over emergency situations without having to resort to physical management

Course Fee: $150.00 USD

This Module provides the “magic.” Based on the book, The Periodic Service Review, this Module focuses on how to maximize staff consistency in service implementation using effective staff supervision strategies based on the principals of Organizational Behavior Management.

Getting From Paper to Practice:

You will learn a system of quality management to assure effective and efficient implementation of the information provided in Modules 1, 2 and 3. In the previous Modules you learned what to do — after Module 4, you will know how to get it done. Agencies from across the world report that after they have sent their staff and management teams to this Module they were able to make significant improvements in the quality of services that they provide – “in spite of insufficient resources,” “low wages,” “lack of staff skills,” and “poor staff motivation.”

Objectives | Participants will learn to:

  • Operationally define expectations for staff
  • Individualize and implement the Periodic Service Review combining the principles of Total Quality Management and Organizational Behavior Management
  • Introduce a performance monitoring system that is acceptable to staff
  • Design and implement a proven system of staff training
  • Individualize and implement the Procedural Reliability System (a system to ensure service integrity)
  • Design and implement a combined quality assurance and quality improvement system
  • Produce sweeping improvements in service quality

Course Fee: $150.00 USD