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June 2 - 6, 2014 
It’s a New Day in Organizations Providing Services and Supports To Persons with a Dual Diagnosis (June 2-3, 2014)
Robert L. Schalock, Ph.D.
Organizations providing services and supports to persons with a dual diagnosis are undergoing changes related to both the individual receiving services/supports and the organization itself. In reference to the individual, there is an increased emphasis on respect, quality of life, individualized supports, and personal outcomes. For organizations, there is an increased emphasis on aligning services and supports to personal goals, assessed support needs, and personal outcomes; implementing high performance teams; employing user-friendly support plans; and embarking on continuous quality improvement. During these two days Dr. Schalock will discuss these changes and provide specific concepts and strategies that facilitate the transformation process. Chief among these are a quality of life-focused language of thought and actions, supports thinking, outcomes evaluation, horizontal and vertical alignment, support and quality improvement teams, and user-friendly individual and organization-referenced quality improvement formats.
Robert (Bob) L. Schalock, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Hastings College in Nebraska and Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Kansas (Beach Center on Disabilities), University of Salamanca in Spain, Ghent University in Belgium, and Chongqing University in China. Dr. Schalock has a well-deserved international reputation for his work on the conceptualization, measurement, and application of the concept of quality of life and the supports paradigm. He is a past President of what is now the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Nebraska Psychological Association, and he serves on the Editorial Boards of several major academic journals. Dr. Schalock has worked with organizations, service systems, and governments in the development and evaluation of community-based programs for persons with intellectual and closely related developmental disabilities. He has published extensively in the areas of program development and evaluation, quality of life, systems of supports, and evidence-based practices.
Supervisory and Leadership Strategies for Promoting Positive Behavior Support in Human Service Agencies (June 4-5, 2014)
Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D., BCBA
This workshop will focus on evidence-based ways to promote Positive Behavior Support (PBS) within human service agencies for individuals with disabilities. Initially a summary of what constitutes PBS for promoting quality lifestyles and understanding, preventing, and reducing challenging behavior will be presented. Next, supervisory and leadership strategies for training, supervising, and motivating staff application of PBS will be presented. The presentation format will involve description of topical information, demonstration of key PBS and related supervisory strategies, and trainee practice of targeted skills where relevant. Additionally, summaries of background research will be provided to illustrate the evidence base underlying the information presented. The presentation format will also involve use of visual slides to highlight key points supplemented with trainee handouts.
Dr. Dennis Reid has 40 years of experience as a manager and clinician in residential, educational, and community support settings for people with intellectual and related disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters focusing on applied behavior analysis and authored or co-authored eight books. His Motivating Human Service Staff book is now in its 2nd Edition and received the Writer’s Digest Certificate of Merit Award. Dennis is also the senior author of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Supervisory Training Curriculum. In 2007 he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the AAIDD International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. His company has employed people with autism and other severe disabilities in a supported work capacity for 18 years.
PANEL: Systemic Approaches to Enacting a Rights Based Service Agenda in Community Agencies - the 3Rs Approach (June 6, 2014)
Kevin Berswick, Linda Morrice, MA, Laura Mullins, Ph.D., Céline Parent, Barbara Vyrostko, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Vyrostko (Executive Director of Community Living Welland Pelham), Kevin Berswick (Executive Director of Mainstream), and Celine Parent (Quality Assurance Coordinator of Mainstream) will describe their experience in applying a rights agenda in their agencies. Dr. Laura Mullins (Community Behaviour Consultant, Regional Support Associates) and Linda Morrice (Senior Manager of Community Outpatient Programs) will discuss their research examining how the shift to a rights based approach to service effects community agency policies, procedures and daily interactions.
Kevin Berswick is a graduate of Brock University’s Child and Youth Studies Program and Conestoga College's Recreation Leadership Program. He has worked with children and adults with an Intellectual Disability for over 30 years. Currently he is the Executive Director of St. Catharines Mainstream Non Profit Housing Project and Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop. Together the two organizations provide Residential and Day Program opportunities for 230 adults.
Linda Morrice is a recent graduate of the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, Linda brought over thirty years of front-line and management experience in providing supports and treatment services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, dual diagnosis and mental health disorders to her studies. Linda's M.A. thesis focused on the systemic facilitators and barriers to the implementation of a rights-based service agenda in five developmental service sector agencies.
Dr. Laura Mullins is a Community Behaviour Consultant with Regional Support Associates. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Applied Disabilities Studies from Brock University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Family Relations and Human Development from University of Guelph. She has research and practical experience in a wide range of disabilities issues including supporting individuals with disabilities and addressing systemic support issues. She has particular expertise in the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and trauma theory.
Céline Parent has worked at Mainstream for the past 16 years. She is the Quality Improvement Coordinator and plays an active role in promoting and teaching rights at Mainstream. Céline is responsible for rights training (for employees, students and volunteers) and is a member of Mainstream's Rights Council, which has been active at Mainstream since 2009. Céline, and members of the Rights Council, have undertaken numerous projects in the past four years. Most recently they presented at the 2013 OADD conference in Niagara Falls, talking about Mainstream's rights journey. Céline's other responsibilities include leading Mainstream's accreditation team as they prepare for their second validation. She is also the Team Leader for the Options Niagara Program and the Transitional Aged Youth Placement Facilitator for Niagara.
Dr. Barbara Vyrostko is Executive Director of Community Living Welland Pelham (CLWP), the primary community agency partner in the 3Rs: Rights, Respect and Responsibility Community University Research Alliance. For more than twelve years Dr. Vyrostko and her colleagues at CLWP have been key community partners with researchers from Brock University in the development and evaluation of approaches to human rights education for persons with intellectual disabilities and their care providers. Dr. Vyrotsko is co-author of research articles, a book chapter and many conference presentations.
Completion of this course will apply to the Level 3 Leadership & Supervision certificate.
Course Coordinator - Dr. Frances Owen , Brock University
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June 9 - 13, 2014
Emergent Practice In The Field Of Intellectual Disabilities And Its Relationship To Treatment Of Challenging Behaviour (June 9, 2014)
Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O. Ont., Ph.D.
Emerging practice in the field of intellectual disabilities both clinically and in service support has many implications for how challenging behaviour is perceived and treated. In this session many of the interrelated changes in practice, such as person centred planning, human rights awareness, genetics and positive behaviour supports will be discussed as it relates to treatment and support approaches and the implications for Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Dr. Dorothy Griffiths has extensive experience in working on clinical issues regarding dual diagnosis (persons who are developmentally disabled and have mental health issues). Her expertise more specifically is in the area of sexual abuse and offence, aggression and self-injury, and social skills training with persons with developmental disabilities. Her recent research interests have included Human Rights and Deinstitutionalization. She has written and speaks extensively on these topics. She is notably recognized for five books that she co-authored/co-edited called Changing Sexually Inappropriate Behavior, Dual Diagnosis, Demystifying Syndromes, Ethical Dilemmas of Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities, and The Human Rights Agenda. She is a recipient of numerous teaching, research and advocacy awards, including the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
Assessment of Severe Challenging Behaviour and Ethical Considerations (June 9, 2014)
Rosemary Condillac, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCBA-D
This session will discuss the ethical considerations, which drive the selection of functional behavioural assessment methodologies in clinical practice, with an emphasis on BACB guidelines for ethical practice, risk/benefit analysis, scientific evidence, and the clinical practicalities of doing assessment in real-world settings. Key concepts will include (a) the strengths and limits of descriptive and experimental methods of determining the function(s) of severe problem behaviour, (b) the importance of embedding a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment into traditional behavioural assessment, and (c) comparing treatment outcomes as a means of hypothesis testing.
Dr. Rosemary Condillac in an associate professor in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies. She is a registered psychologist and a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working in the field of disabilities for over 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in School and Child Clinical Psychology at OISE/UT in 2002, her MA in Applied Developmental Psychology-Clinical at OISE/UT, in 1997 and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University in 1988. She is a past-president of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and past-chair of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities Research Special Interest Group (OADD-RSIG). Dr. Condillac teaches graduate courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is the program liaison to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board in Florida.
Functional Communication Training to Reduce Challenging Behavior & An Optimistic Approach to Helping Students with Challenging Behaviors (June 10, 2014)
V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.
Functional Communication Training (FCT) is a positive intervention approach in which individuals with challenging behavior are taught specific communicative responses that prevent future displays of their problem behavior. Since FCT was first introduced into the scientific literature over 25 years ago by Dr. Durand and his colleague Ted Carr, there have been more than 200 studies published demonstrating its efficacy and effectiveness as a method for reducing or eliminating problem behavior in a wide range of individuals. This session will describe the process involved in successfully understanding why individuals engage in behavior problems and show how teach replacement communication can bring about important and lasting changes in behavior.
Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families and teachers of persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD. Although we have made impressive gains in helping reduce these problem behaviors, obstacles remain. This session with cover new insights into these obstacles and how teachers and families and other can overcome them and effectively help persons with even the most sever behavioral challenges. The presenter will describe how advances in positive psychology can help caregivers and teachers be more effective in their efforts to help those with challenging behavior and how to help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives. The implications for this new approach on family-teacher partnerships will be described.
V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorder. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has received more than $4 million in federal funding since the beginning of his career to study the nature, assessment, and treatment of behavior problems in children with disabilities. Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY–Albany in 1991 and was given the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of South Florida–St. Petersburg in 2007. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He is co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has more than 125 publications. His books include two textbooks on abnormal psychology that have been translated into 10 languages and used in more than 1,000 universities world-wide. His other books include the multiple national award winning Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child, and most recently, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practitioners.
Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages. Most recently he developed an innovative approach to help families work with their challenging child (Optimistic Parenting). He has been consulted by the departments of education in numerous states and by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow for his body of work in the field of autism spectrum disorder.
New Directions and Special Applications in Treatment of Severe and Challenging Behavior (June 11-13, 2014)
Timothy Vollmer, Ph.D.
This three-day discussion will be broken up into six parts. In part one, the speaker will discuss new directions in the field of applied behavior analysis and new initiatives for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the journal for which he now serves as editor. In part two, the presenter will discuss new developments in the use of differential reinforcement as a treatment for severe behavior disorders. In part three, the presenter will discuss noncontingent reinforcement as a means of eliminating severe problem behavior in emergency situations, such as when the behavior should not be allowed to occur at all. In part four, the presenter will discuss the ethics of observing a person if they do not know they are being watched. This method is sometimes used in applied behavior analysis and it is sometimes difficult to find the line between good practice and unethical practice. In part five, the presenter will review some recent work he has done with sex offenders who are adjudicated incompetent to stand trial due to a diagnosis of intellectual disability. In part six, the presenter will discuss some past and current work in the realm of foster care and parent training.
Timothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. From 1992 until 1996 he was on the psychology faculty at Louisiana State University. From 1996 to 1998 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He returned to the University of Florida in 1998 and is now a Professor of Psychology. His primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in developmental disabilities, reinforcement schedules, and parenting. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters related to behavior analysis. He was the recipient of the 1996 B.F. Skinner New Researcher award from the American Psychological Association (APA). He received another APA award in August, 2004, for significant contributions to applied behavior analysis. He is also currently the Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Completion of this course will apply to either the Level 1 (Core Program) or Level 2 (Clinical Applications) certificate.
Course Coordinator - Dr. Dorothy Griffiths , Brock University
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