Why Problem Behavior Occurs
(and Why it is Important to Know the Answer)


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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

is hosting two, 1.5 day workshops for caregivers and professionals who work with individuals who have intellectual disabilities (ID) and engage in challenging behaviors.



March 14-15, 2011

Westin Oaks Hotel

Houston, Texas


August 4-5, 2011

Waco Convention Center

Waco, Texas

Working with individuals with ID can be both a rewarding and challenging job. In many cases, individuals may engage in challenging behavior that creates barriers to establishing meaningful relationships and skill acquisition.

Discover “Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer)” as Dr. Richard Smith, University of North Texas, and instructors from the Behavior Analysis Resource Center help participants learn evidence-based best practice prevention and management techniques to support positive behavior.

Who Should Attend

Participants are offered two exciting tracks to meet a variety of needs and skill levels. Track 1 and Track 2 run concurrently. Attendees cannot attend both.






Track 1 offers caregivers, who implement training and habilitative procedures, the opportunity to learn proactive approaches to establishing positive relationships with and support the behavior of individuals. This session teaches participants to use reinforcement to “tip the scales” toward adaptive and desirable behavior, how and why attention can be a powerful tool for behavior change, and how to safely and effectively redirect potentially harmful behaviors. Attendees who would benefit from this track include direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, other medical staff, qualified mental retardation professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors.

Track 2 will help professionals responsible for analyzing, developing and writing behavior support plans. Participants will learn why challenging behavior occurs, how to conduct effective and efficient procedures for functional behavioral assessment, and how to develop individualized support plans based on behavioral function. Attendees who would benefit from this track include psychologists and certified behavior analysts.