TOPIC: Core Components of the Practical and Effective Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior
DATE: January 16, 2018
TIME: 7-8 pm HST
LOCATION: University of Hawai'i at Manoa, College of Education's College Collaboration Center (CCC; Wist Hall Room 134). Wist Hall is near the intersection of University Avenue and Metcalf Street. See map of UH campus.
PRESENTER: Joshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D
BIO: Dr. Joshua Jessel completed his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also worked with children with severe problem behavior as a clinical specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute on the neurobehavioral inpatient unit. He went on to earn his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley at Western New England University with his primary research focusing on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior exhibited by children with autism. Dr. Jessel continued to extend this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at a clinic in Fort Worth, Texas where he oversaw nearly 100 children with autism admitted to an outpatient program. Dr. Jessel has currently published over 15 articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including the flagship journal, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, where he is serving on the editorial board. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at four universities and he is currently an assistant professor at Queens College.
ABSTRACT: The general assessment and treatment process for problem behavior that has been developed over multiple decades involves three general phases: (I) Understanding the environmental variables influencing problem behavior through functional analysis, (II) teaching an appropriate form of communication using the identified reinforcers, and (III) thinning reinforcer delivery to socially acceptable levels. However, many barriers to this process may exist for practicing behavior analysts when attempting to translate experimental preparations for clinical settings. I will be discussing commitments to a comprehensive assessment and treatment package that is intended to be safe and practical while teaching the patient function-based skills to prepare them to be successful in a complex and unpredictable environment.
CONTINUING ED INFO: 1.0 CE
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