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Behavior and Mental Health


Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports


This one-day training will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support to help care providers gain an understanding of the origins of problem behavior. It will include an overview of essential elements of behavior support, the influence of mental health on behavior, development of practical support strategies, and a brief overview of functional assessment. After completing this training, the participant will understand the traditional perspectives that make up Positive Behavior Supports, where problem behavior comes from, how to develop and implement effective expectations for positive behaviors, and how prevention plays a key role in providing support to individuals that display persistent problem behaviors.

 

Date Duration Time Location
March 17, 2017
Course Full
1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM NJ Institute for Disabilities, Toms River
April 4, 2017
Course Full
1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Wayne
April 10, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Department of Human Services, Westhampton
April 11, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Arc of Ocean, Lakewood
April 19, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Goodwill, Harrison
May 16, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Arc of Middlesex, North Brunswick
May 17, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM DDANJ, Springfield
June 8, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Oaks Integrated Services, Berlin
June 14, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Children's Aid & Family Services, Fairlawn
June 28, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Livingston


Applied Positive Behavior Supports:
Functional Behavior Assessment and Development of Behavior Support Plans

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This course builds on Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports.  In many cases, people who engage in persistent patterns of problem behaviors demonstrate complex behaviors that can be difficult to understand.  After completing this 2-day training, the participant will have a basic understanding of how to conduct a multi-component Functional Behavior Assessment to systematically assess these behaviors and identify the underlying function or motivation; and how to use this information to develop effective behavior support and intervention plans. 

 

Date Duration Time Location
March 7 & 9, 2017 2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Legacy Treatment, Hainesport
March 15 & 22, 2017 2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Gloucester Library, Mullica Hill
March 23 & 30, 2017
Course Full
2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, Paramus
April 12 & 13, 2017
Course Full
2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Wayne
April 24 & 26, 2017 2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Department of Human Services, Westhampton
May 23 & 25, 2017 2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Arc of Middlesex, North Brunswick
June 22 & 29, 2017 2 days 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Children's Aid & Family Services, Fairlawn


Mental Health Supports

This one-day training will review the relationship between mental health and/or mental illness and problem behavior.  After completing this training, the participant will understand: the relationship between mental illness and challenging behavior, ways that mental illness may contribute to problem behavior, and difficulties diagnosing mental illness in individuals with developmental disabilities. Attendees will also be able to identify strategies to support individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses and coordinate behavior intervention with therapeutic supports.

 

Date Duration Time Location
March 8, 2017
Course Full
1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, Paramus
March 23, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Legacy Treatment, Hainesport
May 5, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM LRC North, Morris Plains
May 9, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Arc Ocean, Lakewood
June 16, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Children's Aid & Family Services, Fairlawn


An Introduction to Psychopharmacology in Autism: Looking at Medication and Behavioral Intervention to Address Challenging Behavior

 

Many individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders engage in challenging and difficult behaviors, including aggression and self-injury, and medications are frequently used in the effort to treat these behaviors. In many cases these individuals are placed on multiple medications over an extended period of time. This can lead to questions about the necessity of being on medication for an extended period of time, the need for multiple medications, and the impact this having on their health and behavior.

 

This workshop will provide an introductory overview to the use of medications. The presentation will address key considerations for the use of medication including potential benefits, side effects, and other common concerns. The potential impact of effectively using behavioral strategies and environmental accommodations, along with supporting research, will also be discussed. In order to explore the effective coordination of these strategies, a case illustration will be reviewed, which exemplifies both positive impact and limitations for each of these strategies.

 

Date Duration Time Location
May 4, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Arc of Ocean, Lakewood
June 2, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Livingston
June 7, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill


Autism and Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders: A Hidden Challenge in Problem Behavior

Estimates of co-occurring Anxiety Disorders among individuals with Autism range from 15% to 80%. Factors that make this diagnosis difficult and strategies to adapt behavioral supports and treatment to address this co-occurrence will be discussed. This presentation will discuss the importance of looking for signs of anxiety in individuals with ASD, advocating for clinical assessment of these concerns, and looking for ways to adapt daily support planning and behavioral planning in light of the concerns about a potential anxiety disorder. A model for integrating diagnosis and treatment of an anxiety disorder with a Functional Behavior Assessment and Proactive Behavior Support Plan will be presented. Additional strategies for adapting relaxation activities for individuals with ASD and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will be discussed.

Date Duration Time Location
March 15, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Arc of Ocean, Lakewood
March 22, 2017
Course Full
1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Arc of Middlesex, North Brunswick


Developmental Disability and Depression

Challenging behaviors are common presenting features of Mood disorders in individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This workshop will provide a brief overview of how Depression manifests in people with IDD, including diagnostic challenges and behavioral symptoms. Application of treatment and support strategies for depression and problem behavior will be demonstrated through person-centered illustrations. A portion of the session will be reserved for participants to discuss their own examples and receive feedback from colleagues and the presenters.

Date Duration Time Location
April 28, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Arc of Monmouth, Tinton Falls
June 13, 2017 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Totowa Library, Totowa


Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Trauma Recovery

Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are likely to experience some form of trauma in the course of the lifespan.  This makes it important for support providers to be aware of past traumatic experiences, recognize how this may contribute to challenging behavior, and know what they can do to promote recovery.  This training will explore what are considered traumatic experiences and why individuals with I/DD are more at risk.  Additionally, the connection between trauma and its impact on an individual’s biology and behavior will be discussed.  Participants will learn the necessary ingredients to support adaptive coping and recovery from trauma.  In order to provide trauma sensitive supports effectively, support providers need to be aware of their own internal states and remain calm.  The training will also introduce methods that support providers can use to enhance their own self-awareness and self-regulation skills.

 

Date Duration Time Location
February 21, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Oaks Integrated Services, Berlin

 

 

Registration Details

Fee information:

No charge for the following groups:

  • Employees of DDD and DCF
  • DDD Qualified Providers and Agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications
  • DCF Providers
  • Individuals with disabilities and family members

All other registrants - $75 per day for full day courses and $35 per day for half day courses.

Continuing Education Available for all Behavior/Mental Health courses except Developmental Disability and Depression: NJ Social Work View Continuing Education Details

Registration: Register online now

View Positive Behavior Support FAQ

Please note: Submission of the online form is not a confirmation of registration. Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center. When your form is received, Boggs Center
staff will register you for the course requested, based on space availability. If the training is full,
you will be notified. Written confirmation of your registration and materials will be mailed two weeks prior to the training course. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us to verify registration and to receive directions and materials.

For more information: Please email pbsinquiries@rutgers.edu

 

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