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2017 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Orlando, FL

A Behavioral Approach To Crisis Management


October 4


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM


Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism


Although the use of restraint with vulnerable populations is sometimes controversial, it is nonetheless a necessary tool to ensure the protection of clients and staff. A behavior analytic approach to crisis management and the use of restraint can help ensure that immobilization techniques are structured to allow individual choice and learning to take place even during a crisis. A thorough understanding of the causes of behavior and their maintaining variables can help guard against potential side effects of restraint use that make problems more severe.


Content Covers:

Crisis management, when to use restraints


Target Audience:

Behavior analysts, clinical psychologists, social workers


Learning Objectives for Participants:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the relationship between movement and crisis duration
  2. Participants will be able to explain how lengthy release criteria removes the ability for the individual to learn to terminate restraint
  3. Participants will be able to list 2 factors that can increase the use of escorts and immobilizations


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There is no additional fee for this course beyond the cost paid for admission to the conference. Course completion requirements: Requires remaining in the room for the duration of the instruction and all learners must sign in and out with the official session proxy. Paper certificates will be immediately awarded upon completion.


Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Winston is an expert in the use of restraint as it pertains to behavior analysis in practice. He has experience in a wide variety of settings including schools, facilities and family homes. Dr. Winston specializes in the analysis and treatment of severe behavior problems and has been in the field of applied behavior analysis for over 25 years.