A new series on trauma and behavior analysis  

By Dr. Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D., BCBA-D

chalk_teddy (2)Behavior analysts are tasked with doing no harm. Like other professionals who adhere to a rigorous code of ethics, they are responsible for working only in their defined areas of competence, while seeking supervision and training in other areas as appropriate if needed to grow their expertise.

A new training is available from Dr. Kolu on the ethical and behavioral treatment of cases related to “trauma” (e.g., adverse childhood experiences or variables related to early disrupted caregiving). See some of the learning objectives below, check out our related blog series, and contact us today if we can support your team.

SAFE-T model

The SAFE-T model builds in safe and appropriate supervision, assessment of short and long term risks to client and community (including the behavior analytic team members involved), and expansion of functional assessment variables necessary to include in behavioral treatment of cases involving adverse childhood experiences or difficult medical variables.

Learning objectives for SAFE-T training

  1. Review, document and operationalize historical variables
  2. State critical elements of effective supervision for teams that support trauma cases
  3. State key features of documentation of, and assessment of, risks related to behavioral treatment of this population
  4. Discuss key features of a functional behavior assessment individualized for clients affected by adverse childhood experiences
  5. State some clinical differences between early intervention in populations with and without evidence of adverse childhood experiences and implications for supervision, risks and treatment
  6. State the conditions under which acceptance (for treatment of), or discharge from, a social or medical trauma-related case would or would not be appropriate

The SAFET modelContact us now if you are interested in learning more.