Event Details:
Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Challenging Behavior and Psychotropic Medication: Evidence-based Practices

Professional Continuing Education Seminar 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.

Instructor: Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Event Description: The presentation will focus on methods that are currently being used to evaluate the behavioral effects of medication for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The ideal guidelines for conducting clinical trial research will be discussed and how these guidelines can be adapted to non-research settings (e.g., school, home, community settings).

The focus of the presentation will be on the most commonly used behavioral measures, including rating scales, direct observation and functional analysis measures and how they can be used within the context of medication evaluations. Data will be presented from a randomized clinical trial of the most commonly described psychotropic medication (risperidone) using functional analysis methods for children and adults with severe self-injury and aggression.

Finally, the need for measures of social validity and consumer satisfaction as well as collaboration across disciplines will be discussed.

CE Approved for: 1 BCBA, 1 APA CEU

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 Valerie Thompson at

Fee: $30 for guests; May Institute employees may attend free-of-charge. Guests can pay by cash or check on the day of the event.

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