You’re Hurting Us: What Parents Wish They Could Tell Behaviour Analysts About the Parent-Mediator Model with Amelia Bowler, BCBA

Amelia Bowler, BCBA

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Amelia Bowler, BCBA, for a webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus on Trauma and Assent/Consent awareness in Parent Collaboration.


As we add more trauma-informed practices to our behaviour analytic repertoires, let’s not forget about a  vulnerable population: parents. Manuals for parent training teach us to deal with parent objections and boost procedural compliance, but we have been glossing over the issue of consent. Meaningful consent requires more than a signed form; but what can we do to ensure that yes means yes? We work with parents who have complex learning histories, especially where helping professionals are concerned, so their verbal assent (e.g., smiling and nodding) might be masking anxiety, frustration or despair. Parents often come to us suffering financial strain, health problems, relationship tension, and the more desperate they become, the higher the risk of coercion and trauma in the parent-mediator model. Parents need us to be more than simply kind and professional; they need us to acknowledge the potential for inadvertent harm while keeping the door open for honest dialogue.

About the Presenter

Amelia Bowler, BCBA, is a teacher, writer, artist, parent, fomenter of chaos and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in Toronto, Canada. She has written two books on the topic of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, including The Parent’s’ Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, published by Jessica Kingsley Books.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will describe common contingencies in the parent-mediator model that may lead to coercion and harm.
  2. Attendees will identify strategies for developing consent with parents while actively addressing potential barriers to dissent.
  3. Attendees will identify best practices for communicating with parents who have a history of trauma and abuse.
CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:
  • 2.0 CEU’s
    • $39.99 (CEU’s included in price)

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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