Event Details:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Teaching Tolerance to Delayed Reinforcement for Individuals with Severe Problem Behavior

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: Melissa Drifke (Krabbe), M.S., Licensed BCBA

Event Description: Tolerating delays to reinforcement can be very challenging for children, but is especially challenging for individuals with severe problem behavior in that delays can lead to a substantial increase in dangerous behavior.

Teaching tolerance to delays is an important component in treating individuals with severe problem behavior as these delays are unavoidable in the natural environment. When introducing delays to reinforcement, treatment gains may often be lost, so it is necessary to introduce delays in a manner that promotes continued treatment efficacy. There are a few ways in which we can help mediate delays by arranging contingencies for tolerance and teaching alternative intervening behaviors. Delay fading with the use of time-based, DRO-based, or DRA-based delays is one way that we can arrange contingencies to support tolerance.

Additionally, providing alternative activities during delays can help mediate lengthy periods without reinforcement. Furthermore, delays to reinforcement can be introduced by arranging work periods to promote delay tolerance and preference for delayed reinforcers by altering the work to reinforcement ratio.

CE Approved for (Pending Review): 1 BCBA CEU

CE CREDITS: May Institute is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to grant Continuing Education Credits. This seminar will grant one (1) Continuing Education Credits for BCBA professionals.

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

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