Preconference – Tuesday, August 7, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are 2 All Day Preconference Sessions to Choose From:

The Application of Behavioral Principles and Procedures at All Levels of the Organization to Support Behavior Change in Persons Receiving Services

David Lennox, QBS, Inc., Southborough, MA

We know what works! The effectiveness of behavior analytic procedures in treating challenging behaviors is indisputable.  Unfortunately, training, implementing and maintaining behavior changes requires many moving parts.  Effective implementation and maintenance of behavioral (or any) procedures often involves changes in staff, manager and organizational behavior.  At minimum, it requires cost-effective staff training in behavioral competencies, supervisory support of staff members’ new skills and organizational promotion of the strategies.  Thankfully, behavior analysis has offered us evidence-based strategies to effect change in every level.

This workshop serves as a “primer” for comprehensive behavior change at all levels of the organization required to support such changes in individuals receiving services.  Those involved include the persons served, staff, managers and the organization itself.  In addition to a review of critical behavioral competencies for staff, it provides a comprehensive overview of evidence-based best practices, procedures, and practical strategies.

Unmet Health Care Needs: Lessons Learned from Crisis Prevention Medical Consultations

Dr. Carl V. Tyler, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

In the 1970s and 1980s, widespread deinstitutionalization of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) brought people with complex needs into community health care systems that were ill-prepared to assume the responsibility.  Even now, decades later, persons with IDD do not always receive optimum health care.  As a medical consultant to a statewide crisis prevention network, a health disparities researcher and a medical educator, Dr. Tyler has observed where health care practitioners and systems commonly fail.  This presentation helps you focus on common areas where the health care of the people you serve may be deficient. You will:

  1. Recognize common medical and mental health conditions in persons with IDD that remain frequently undiagnosed.

  2. Identify common conditions in persons with IDD that are frequently recognized but sub-optimally treated.

  3. Consider common medical and mental health conditions in persons with IDD that trigger problematic behaviors.

  4. Identify high-risk medications and recognize their adverse effects on physical and mental health, and adaptive functioning.