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Collaborating with Parents: ACT and Beyond with Tommy Parry, BCBA & Jonathan Amey

Sarah McKim Thomas, MA, CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Tommy Parry and Jonathan Amey for a webinar for Behavior Analysts.

Abstract

The numerous and fluctuating challenges and demands of parenthood make parenting a stressful experience (Crnic & Low, 2002). We’re often confronted by families and clients that demonstrate a lot of resistance and get caught up in the problems they face. This presentation focuses on how providers can collaborate with parents helping them understand their own reactions to their children’s behavior. Emphasis is placed on what emotions tell us about what’s important and how to focus on what’s working when everything feels chaotic (Layng, 2017). Approaching clients from a pathological view of human behavior can often make life harder for both families and practitioners. Utilizing a Constructional approach and increasing our psychological flexibility through the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can lead to empathetic responding further enhancing practitioner and parental ability to perform well across a variety of challenging circumstances.

About the Presenters

Tommy Parry, M.S., M.Ed., LMHC, LBA, BCBA, is a behavior analyst and counselor in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. His practice is geared towards serving parents of children with autism and special needs, individuals with autism, adults with body-focused repetitive behaviors, and individuals with chronic health conditions. Tommy also works full-time at the Department of Veteran Affairs serving Veterans using evidence-based methods, including ACT and other exposure-based interventions to help Veterans live their best lives. He enjoys delivering ACT trainings to ABA agencies to improve staff well-being, resilience, and performance. Tommy also participates in ACT research being conducted at Indiana University supporting caregivers and patients with varied health concerns, including Dementia and cancer.

Jonathan Amey, M.Ed., is the founding director of Agile Instruction and Management Solutions (A.I.M.S) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Combining his sports medicine and special education background with Precision Teaching, Jonathan focuses on building gross motor, cognitive, and social repertoires in students across a broad spectrum of abilities. Over the last 20 years utilizing precision measurement, Jonathan has created school-based wellness groups and clinical trainings for teachers, BCBAs, and parents. Jonathan currently consults with clinics, schools, and families in both the United States and abroad.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess patterns of fusion and experiential avoidance exhibited by parents and providers.
  2. Describe how emotions can be used as contingency descriptors and the role they play in identifying effective coping strategies for parents.
  3. Identify the basis of a nonlinear contingency analysis and how to integrate into therapy.

Number of CEU’s available: 2.0 BACB Learning CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $40 (includes registration and CEU’s)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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