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How to Prevent Problem Behavior: A Workshop by Dr. Brian Iwata PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Brian Iwata Problem Behavior WorkshopDuring this session, Dr. Iwata will review modern methods for the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, and discuss strategies of using ABA-based methods to move from intervention towards prevention. As Dr. Iwata noted while visiting Services for the Underserved last year, “The field of ABA has done amazing work in responding to behavior after it occurs. I believe the evolution of our work in the coming decade will focus more on the antecedents to problem behavior, and what can be done to prevent its occurrence.”

This workshop qualifies for 2.5 Continuing Education Credits.

The natural science approach of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to inform many of the world’s most effective, person-centered clinical and educational practices. Dr. Brian Iwata, a preeminent figure in the field of ABA for over 30 years, has used this natural science approach to advance the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. As a prolific researcher, clinician, and educator, Dr. Iwata serves as an advocate for the intellectually disabled (ID) community, and provides a rare sense of perspective for administrators, clinicians, and direct caregivers.

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This workshop will provide essential information for program administrators, behavior analysts (BCABAs & BCBAs), psychologists, QMRPs, special education staff, and supervisors of direct care providers. The procedures discussed during this session can be implemented across a variety of settings – such as group homes, residential facilities, workshops, school settings, and supervised employment sites. This session has been approved for continuing education hours for BCBAs and BCaBAs.

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Dr. Iwata has influenced a broad range of issues central to the care and habilitation of individuals with ID. His work has covered severe self-injury and aggression, skill acquisition, caregiver performance, community preparation, and eating disorders. He has directed clinical research programs in each of these areas and has served as an expert evaluator at the individual level as well as consultant to the departments of health, mental health, and developmental disabilities in over 25 states. His approach to treatment based on these experiences integrates the perspectives of the clinician, researcher, administrator, and peer reviewer.

Dr. Iwata received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida Center on Self-Injury, and Director of the UF-ARC Prader-Willi Syndrome Program. He previously held faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Western Michigan University. His primary areas of interest are applied behavior analysis, behavioral pediatrics, developmental disabilities, program evaluation, and staff management. He has published over 225 articles and chapters on these topics, and he has received over $6 million in research grants to support that work.

Dr. Iwata is the former Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Chair of the Human Development Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, President of the following societies: the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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The past 12 months were exciting; to say the least. In two cases, Verbal Behavior Institute and its principal, were specifically referenced in settlements and adjudication, as the “solution” to very complex legal cases that were exhausting the time and energy of both families and districts.

In one case, a prominent attorney, who’s firm often represents the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, presented the program of instruction we developed (through our affiliate Developmental Delay Rehabilitation Services, Inc. and Lisa Delaney BCBA) and the court actually wrote in their opinion that the program was not only demonstrated as effective – but noted us to be providing an outstanding service, at well below the market rates for programs of similar quality and services. (the local news picked up on same and added that to their story – copy of article can be reviewed by checking

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