Event Details:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior Related to Rituals

Professional Continuing Education Series

Join us for this workshop that is part of our intermediate to advanced-level workshop series for human services and behavioral healthcare professionals working in clinical, educational, medical, and rehabilitation settings.

Name of Instructor: Cara L. Phillips, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Description: Restricted and repetitive behavior or interests (RRI) is one of the hallmarks of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This category of behavioral deficit or excess can manifest in a number of ways, including near obsession with particular items or activities, perseverative speech, and more complex or higher-order rituals. Although these behaviors are central to the diagnosis of ASD, they are relatively under-studied in the behavior analytic literature. This may be in part because these rituals may be difficult to predict and thus challenge our standard assessment techniques.

In this presentation, we will review three examples of the assessment and treatment of problem behavior evoked by the interruption of rituals (i.e., time-based rituals, perseverations, and insistence on sameness with respect to clothing items) and one example of problem behavior that is inherent to the ritual (i.e., behavior that resembles compulsions).

In this presentation, Dr. Phillips describes some challenges practitioners in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) may face when working with individuals who engage in RRI that may be problematic to their daily functioning. Dr. Phillips will outline considerations for designing assessments to empirically evaluate the relationship between ritual interruption and problem behavior. Finally, she will discuss a few treatment options practitioners could consider once this function is identified.

CE approved for: (1) BCBA & APA

May Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. May Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Register Below. Registration is required for all who attend. Registration for this event does commit you for attendance at this CE workshop. If you need to cancel, cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event by e-mail to

Fee: $25 for guests; May Institute employees may attend free-of-charge. Guests can pay by check on the day of the event.



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