Centre for Applied Disability Studies



It is with great sadness that CADS shares with you - On Saturday November 29th, 2014, the field of dual diagnosis lost a great teacher, clinician, researcher and mentor with the passing of Dr. William I. Gardner. Professor Emeritus from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adjunct Professor to the Centre for Applied Disabilities Studies at Brock University, and former Board Member of NADD. He is the recipient of many awards including the Frank Menolacino award and the NADD award for lifetime achievement. Dr. Gardner changed the face of assessment and treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities who have mental health/behavioural challenges (dual diagnosis) with his comprehensive integrated biopsychosocial model. His vision provided the field with the tools to understand the complexity of biomedical, psychological and social/environmental factors that in isolation or in combination instigated or contributed to the presenting challenge. He instilled an understanding of multi-disciplinarity in those of us who worked with and learned from him. He taught that no discipline alone has the key to unlock the challenges of persons with dual diagnosis. The field of dual diagnosis must work as a seamless interdisciplinary unit to make significant and lasting clinical effects to ease the discomfort of the persons with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing these challenges. His book called "Aggression and Other Disruptive Behavioral Challenges: Biomedical and Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment," published by NADD Press in 2002, is a classic in the field and presents a perfect synthesis of his life's work. To honour his accomplishments, Brock University has established a graduate scholarship for students who plan to work with persons with dual diagnosis.




CADS 4th edition ABA Course Sequence gets BACB APPROVAL!

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®. In addition to completion of their course sequence, applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify to write the exam per the BCBA requirements at their time of application (e.g. supervised experience). The courses in CADS BCBA APPROVED SEQUENCE include, ADST 5P70, ADST 5P71, ADST 5P72, ADST 5P73, ADST 5P74, ADST 5P75, ADST 5P76, and ADST 5P42 or ADST 5V70 (electives-students are required to take only one of these two options).

This approval means that, when graduates from the CADS MA, MADS, and Diploma ABA stream programs apply for BCBA certification, they will not be required to submit specific course information as our course sequence is approved. The on-line application will allow you to select Brock University and then select the course numbers that you have taken from a pull-down menu. The interim measures & memo put into place for students who graduated in June 2014 with the new sequence are no longer required. However, when you upload your coursework before the 4th Edition Task list takes effect on January 1, 2015, you will see a message that states, "You have NOT entered a sufficient number of hours to meet the BACB coursework Requirements."  This is  a known bug in the application system, as it is still configured to accept 3rd Edition Task List Course Sequences. Do not be concerned, the BACB is aware of this, and I received the following correspondence from our contact,

"The online application only reflects the standards under which applicants are currently qualifying, which is the 3rd Edition. If a student has completed an entire 4th Edition sequence, we will accept that as having met the 3rd Edition requirements. However, the system doesn't “know” that and may say they don’t have enough hours, especially in assessment. The system will allow anyone to continue through and submit their application even if they appear not to have met the coursework requirements. Our staff members know to accept 4th Edition sequences when they are processing transcripts."  

Please rest assured that these are typical glitches during a transition period, and happen to most, if not all, 4th edition sequence grads from other universities as well.  If you have any further questions related to BCBA course sequence can be directed to Dr. Rosemary Condillac.

CADS In the News

Master's student research helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - complete article available here.

Brock researchers help autistic youth develop communication and social skills - complete article available here.
October Podcast: Autism with Dr. Dr. Maureen Connolly, Dr. Kimberly Maich, Dr. Rebecca Ward - available here.


CADS Congratulates

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew McNamara on receiving the ONTABA Teaching Award for Excellence in Behaviour Analysis, December 2014.  This is the 2nd time Dr. Andrew McNamara has been the recipient of this distinguished teaching award.

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Koudys & Dr. Kimberley Zonneveld on being appointed to the ONTABA Board of Directors.


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