February 6, 2020 4:00pm-6:00pm
Updates to the RBT credential: Navigating the RBT certification
process & supervision standards.
(2.0 Supervision CEUs)
Early and intensive behavioral interventions are an effective treatment for children with autism (National Standards Project, 2009). To produce such outcomes, proper implementation of treatment is required. In order to ensure that behavioral treatment plans are conducted appropriately, service providers need to be competently trained in implementing behavioral interventions. Thus, the BACB created the Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) certification. To clarify updated RBT processes, training targets, and supervision standards, this presentation will outline and discuss the RBT requirements, certification process, task list (2nd Edition) and new RBT ethics code.
March 12, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm
Understanding Anxiety in Individuals with Autism
This talk will focus on understanding anxiety in individuals with autism from a behavior analytic perspective. This understanding of anxiety includes: defining anxiety as behavior, measuring and assessing anxiety, and treating anxiety. There has been speculation in both research and clinical practice that many individuals with autism have anxiety (e.g., Kanner, 1943; White et al., 2009). One of the core features of autism is repetitive and ritualistic behavior (RRB), which has often been associated with anxiety (Rodgers et al., 2012). Typically, anxiety is detected through verbal report, however many individuals with autism lack these communication skills. In addition to operationally defining anxiety as behavior we will briefly review a study in which we developed a behavioral method of measuring anxiety in children with autism who could not verbally report their mood, then treated anxious behavior based on the results of the assessment. This utility of this assessment as a test for anxiety will be discussed, as well as how to use the assessment to direct treatment.