Functional Communication Training: A Research Update
Peter Sturmey PhD
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Time: 9:15 am-12:15 pm eastern Recording Information: ABACAccess5
Tiger et al. (2008) defined Functional Communication Training (FCT) as “a differential reinforcement (DR) procedure in which an individual is taught an alternative response that results in the same class of reinforcement identified as maintaining problem behavior”. It is one of the longest standing and most researched intervention procedures for challenging behavior, dating back to at least 1985. The present webinar begins by reviewing the basic FCT procedures, their relationship to functional assessment and analysis and the rationale for their use. The majority of the webinar provides a review of recent research refining the procedures and systematic reviews of the evidence for their effectiveness and acceptability. The webinar concludes with practitioner guidelines and solutions to common implementation problems.
The learner will describe:
1. The key elements and rationale for FCT including its relationship to functional assessment and analysis;
2. Recent evidence for the effectiveness and acceptability of FCT; and
3. Common implementation issues and their solutions.
9:15 am: Introduction
9:20 am: Pretest
9:25 am: Presentation begins
10:45 am: 10 minute break
10:55 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:05 am: Presentation resumes
12:00 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
12:15 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes
Behavior Analysts : 3 Type II CEUs
Psychologists: 3 Continuing Education Hours
Social workers, pending nurses, and certified counselors: not eligible
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Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral program. He is a member of the peer review committee of Fondazione Walden, Rome Italy and a member of the Science Committee of Associazione Società Italiana degli Analisti del Comportamento in campo Sperimentale ed Applicato. He is the resident Speaker at Applied Behavior Analysis Center and Chief Scientific Officer at All about Kids. He specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training.
He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the Universities of Plymouth and Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, at Abilene and San Antonio State Schools during a Federal class action law suit. There he supervised behavioral services and Masters level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders and implemented large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs.
Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 200 papers, 50 book chapters and made over 250 presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil and Italy. He has an active lab of doctoral students mostly working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities.
Since February 2015, Professor Sturmey has run the graduate level Current Topics in ABA series for board certified behavior analysts for ABAC. In early 2016 introduced 2 topics specifically geared towards masters and doctoral level counselors and psychologists, the first on clinical case formation and the second on evidence-based practice for autism.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.
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