Live Webinar Featuring Dr. Tara Fahmie, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Tara A. Fahmie, PhD, BCBA-D presents:

"Functional strategies for preventing the development of severe problem behavior"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern

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Abstract: Research on the functional analysis of severe behavior (aggression, self-injury, property destruction) has yielded a great deal of information about the conditions that give rise to and maintain such behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These collective findings have produced a powerful technology for behavior change; however, the prevailing focus of behavior analytic services remains on the treatment of existing severe behavior. In this presentation, I will propose several strategies to prevent the initial onset of severe problem behavior. Strategies will be based on a review of emerging areas of research in both the functional analysis of severe behavior and prevention.

Learning Objectives: After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify various challenging situations that are likely to give rise to problem behavior.
  • Distinguish between preventing the occurrence and preventing the development of problem behavior.
  • Describe three overarching strategies for preventing the development of problem behavior.
  • Describe the relevance of function-based interventions to the prevention of severe behavior.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Tara Fahmie is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Fahmie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida, where she became inspired by the faculty to pursue a graduate degree in Behavior Analysis. She earned her masters degree from the University of Kansas, under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley, and her PhD from the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata. Dr. Fahmie is a BCBA-D and has over 10 years of experience implementing behavior analysis with various populations in clinics, schools, and residential settings. Dr. Fahmie currently conducts research in several preschool classrooms and in collaboration with local autism agencies. She has published on the functional analysis of problem behavior and on the acquisition of social skills in young children. These two initial research interests have led to her emerging passion for research on the prevention of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie also contributes to the field as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis’ and as the membership chair of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.

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The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc (ABAC) designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Continuing Education:

Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II CEUs

Psychologists: 3 continuing education hours

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Starts:Jul 25th, 2017
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