Event Details:
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Automatically Reinforced Self-Injury: A Case Study

Free CE Event for May Institute employees

Presenter: Cynthia M. Anderson, PhD, BCBA-D
Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University

Description: This CE event will focus on automatically-reinforced self-injury. Using a clinical case as an exemplar, we will begin with a discussion of the nature of automatic reinforcement including a discussion of hypothesized maintaining variables (e.g., biological variables). Interpretations of functional analysis congruent with an automatic reinforcement hypothesis will be described as will recent work on subtypes of SIB. Some individuals with SIB also engage in self-restraint, which can complicate interpretations about the function of SIB as well as intervention decisions. Theories regarding occurrence of self-restraint will be explored. Evidence-based interventions for automatically reinforced SIB will be described, and a decision-making framework for selecting an appropriate intervention will be presented. Finally, directions for future research in this area will be discussed.


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