Trauma Informed Behavior Management Part 1: Trauma as a Setting Event

Behavior analysts focus on observable and measurable behavior and direct function. This can make it difficult when trauma informed strategies seem counter to our assessments. However, if BCBAs and other providers that create behavior plans look at trauma events as setting events, they can create sensitive and effective interventions, which support all clients, including those who may be in foster care, school programs, or even simply living through COVID-19. In this 3-part workshop, we will explore how to identify Trauma Events, interventions targeting Trauma Event Setting Events (TESE), interventions targeting teaching Trauma Informed Replacement Behaviors, and interventions addressing Trauma Informed Consequence Procedures.

In this workshop we will focus on learning about Trauma Events and the research supporting its effect on the lifespan and then we will move in depth to review Trauma Events as Setting Events. 

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to recognize and define a trauma event

Attendees be able to define how trauma events can function as a setting event

Attendees will be able to implement a trauma informed antecedent intervention addressing trauma event setting events (TESE).

About Your Instructor

Saundra Bishop

Saundra Bishop, BCBA, LBA, CCTP is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of BASICS ABA Therapy. She is also President of DC ABA. She has over 20 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis and with people with Autism/Autistic people and has been a BCBA for 13 years. She is especially passionate about Trauma-Informed Behavior Management and models that focus on self advocacy rather than compliance. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and also certified to give trainings that qualify for Type-2 CEUs, DCPS CEUs, and CFSA foster parent hours. She has written a handbook called The Trauma Informed Behavior Management Handbook that walks providers through the steps of creating a trauma informed treatment plan. She was a foster parent for 7 years and has 4 children with and without special needs (3 who are adopted). She loves competitive storytelling and bike riding.