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September 2019

Drug Policy, Substance Use Disorder and Best Practices for Working with Addicted Clients

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drug addiction has long been viewed in America as a moral failing, a character flaw that can be punished into submission. The current policies relating to drug addiction in America’s criminal justice system do not support the treatment of substance use disorder. Instead, addiction is punished, resulting in mass incarceration, the removal of human rights and fueling the nation’s addiction crisis. Lisa Newman-Polk and Sarah Coughlin are working to change misperceptions about addiction and addicted clients. Their goal is to help professionals understand the legal policies and stigmas surrounding substance use and offer new approaches to the recovery process that will challenge the system’s punishment approach.

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October 2019

Migration Issues Faced by Unaccompanied Minors with Immigration 101

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

With immigration at the forefront of American politics, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the immigration process and the associated trauma, especially from the perspective of a child. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. Their goal is to serve the child’s best interests, safety and well-being. The representatives from KIND will educate workshop participants on the motives and experiences of immigrants and provide tips for building relationships and support for clients with immigration experience.  

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Trauma-Informed FBAs and BIPs : An Interdisciplinary Team Assessment & Intervention Approach

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trauma has a pervasive impact on a child’s development, often manifesting in challenging behaviors at school that interfere with his/her ability to learn. Assessing and planning effective interventions for students with a trauma history can be a difficult task for school-based BCBAs and social workers. This workshop will present a practical guide for conducting school-based Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Workshop participants will learn specific ways to expand on the core components of a FBA and ten evidence-based behavioral interventions for students with a trauma history. Ethical considerations and MA state initiatives will be integrated throughout the workshop. Specific case examples will be discussed and participants will have access to a “tool kit” and resources for practical implementation.  

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November 2019

Providing Effective Consultative Services: A Review of Evidence-Based Supervision Practices

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Most BCBAs provide consultative behavior analytic services to fellow staff members. As a result, they are responsible for training their supervisees to offer high quality treatment and services to their clients. Effective supervision directly benefits the supervisee and the future of the behavior analysis field. This workshop will focus on developing supervision techniques for BCBA supervisors and equipping them to provide high quality training.

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December 2019

The Invisible End of the Spectrum: Older Autistic Adults

December 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

When people hear the word “autism,” they often think of children and teens. Older adults on the spectrum are a very real, but little-understood, group. In this workshop, we will review what we know about this population, including recent findings from an international study of 150 people.

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