Annual MABA Conference 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre (directions and map)
Planning for the 8th annual conference has begun. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Raymond Miltenberger from the University of South Florida will be our keynote speaker and will be presenting on teaching safety skills to children. Dr. Leonard Greenwood from the Child Protection Centre and Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba will be the invited speaker at this year's conference.
Our program and poster competition is now full. Thank you for your interest in this year's conference!
Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, Professor, University of South Florida
Title: Teaching Safety Skills to Children: What Works and What Doesn't
Abstract: This presentation will review types of safety threats faced by children, with an emphasis on firearm injury and abduction, and the safety skills needed for these threats. The presentation will then discuss assessment of safety skills with emphasis on in situ assessment as the most valid form of assessment. The presentation will then focus on the authors' research evaluating training procedures to promote the acquisition and generalization of safety skills; both informational approaches and active learning approaches involving behavioral skills training and in situ training. The presentation will end with a discussion of accessibility of effective training procedures.
Bio: Ray Miltenberger received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985. He is the director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida. Dr. Miltenberger is a Fellow and past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He has published over 190 journal articles and chapters and has written a popular behavior modification textbook. Dr. Miltenberger has received a number of awards for his teaching and research including the 2008 APA Division 25 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research and the 2009 ABAI Outstanding Mentorship Award.
Dr. Leonard Greenwood, Clinical Psychologist, Child Protection Centre, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba.
Title: Treatment of Children who have been Severely Maltreated; Creating a Reinforcing environment and building adaptive skills
Abstract: Effective treatment of children who have experienced multiple forms of maltreatment requires that the clinician be cautious in assuming what might elicit a desired change in a child's behaviour, and whether that change would be effectively reinforced outside of the clinical session. Although much of the therapy used to address the needs of these children is not circumscribed by behavioural therapy descriptions, I would suggest that there is much within effective therapies that have application to a behavioural framework (and the reverse is also true). I will discuss my own work, with special attention to a few of the most important qualities; the impact of trauma on child development, the problematic changes post trauma in a child's experience of their emotions, and the problematic changes in a child's experience of adult attention as potentially reinforcing and protective. Special attention will be paid to the child's context; as these children are often in substitute care, and many of the 'normative' experiences of intact families are unavailable to them.
Bio:Dr. Leonard Greenwood is a Clinical Psychologist. He is an employee of the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the Health Sciences Centre, and has an Assistant Psychology Position with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. He has been positioned at the Child Protection Centre since November of 1999. His responsibilities include the assessment of the adjustment of children believed to have been maltreated, and the training of Pre-doctoral Psychology Residents in providing treatment services to those children.
Dr. Greenwood received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1997. His Doctoral Thesis was entitled Training and Generalization of recruitment of praise in boys who have been physically abused. He has, since graduation, also received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprograming (EMDR), Theraplay, and Positive Parenting (Triple P). Dr. Greenwood's talk today will, in part, draw attention to the behavioral interventions embedded in empirically validated treatments and in these specialty therapies, as they can be applied to children whom have been adversely impacted by maltreatment.