2019 Georgia Autism Providers Conference

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Jul 29 2019 - 8:00am - Aug 1 2019 - 5:00pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Mark R. Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Joshua Jessel, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Register at: www.georgiaautismprovidersconference.com

PEAK/AIM Summit (07/29/19-07/31/19)

Presenters: Mark R. Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Description: This workshop is designed to build knowledge and competency in PEAK, AIM, Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).

Day 1: The history, research, and applications of RFT and ACT. Day 2: AIM Experience. Day 3: PEAK Experience.

Participants will complete competency-based training on the PEAK Comprehensive Assessment and will design PEAK programming across all four PEAK modules. This extremely interactive training ensures that the knowledge gained during the Level 1 Certification transfers to demonstrated skills.

Bundled in this live event is a full day of content delving into the concepts of RFT and ACT. This full-day intensive course will allow participants, particularly those that did not encounter RFT/ACT in their graduate coursework, to get up to speed on the history, research, and application of RFT and ACT.

The second day of the workshop experience focuses on implementation of the AIM curriculum. Participants will engage in experiential learning opportunities designed to refine delivery of ACT skills and maximize impact for clients. Participants will gain an understanding of how the AIM curriculum works, how to customize it to specific implementation settings (e.g., clinic, school, etc.), and will engage in discussion with others on how they are doing the same.

Strategies for Obtaining Sustainable Improvements in Problem Behavior: A Guide to a Practical Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment Model (08/01/19)

Presenter: Joshua Jessel, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Description: The functional analysis is a powerful tool that can provide an effective and humane treatment for problem behavior. However, practitioners may find that the traditional approach to functional analysis requires too much time and too many resources. In this workshop, participants will learn how to conduct a practical and safe functional analysis that takes 10 to 30 minutes to conduct (Hanley, Jin, Vanselow, & Hanratty, 2014; Jessel, Hanley, & Ghaemmaghami, 2016) and will be provided with individualized strategies for improving efficiency when necessary (Jessel, Hanley, Ghaemmaghami, & Metras, 2018; Jessel, Ingvarsson, Metras, Whipple, Kirk, & Solsbery, 2017; Jessel, Metras, Hanley, Jessel, & Ingvarsson, 2019). The presenter will then discuss how to use the results of the functional analysis to design effective, function-based treatments that include (a) the teaching of complex and developmentally appropriate functional communication skills, and (b) skill-based delay tolerance procedures that increase other behaviors such as compliance, task engagement, and social interaction (Ghaemmaghami, Jessel, & Hanley, 2016; Jessel, Ingvarsson, Metras, Kirk, & Whipple, 2018). The goal of the entire assessment and treatment process is to effect more global changes in the functional repertoires needed to be successful in complex environments with natural reinforcement contingencies.