Applied Behavior Analysis and Emotional Behavioral Disorders with Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, for a three-hour webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus on serving students with Emotional Behavior Disorders, the different problems presented by this population, and ABA-consistent strategies for addressing them.

See Dr. Tucker’s other webinars here.


Children and youth with emotional-behavior disorders (EBDs) are a difficult population to treat, regardless of position. Practitioners in the field of ABA may struggle with understanding the unique needs of this heterogeneous population as well as how to effectively treat them. In part, this comes from the collision of ideals and terminologies are perhaps very unique to this group. Many of these students/patients have psychiatric diagnoses and may be overseen and/or treated by mental health professionals whose lenses appear to be diametrically opposed to the main premises we hold up in our field. These children and youth deserve high quality, behavior-analytic interventions that are relevant to their life spaces including home, the community, in recreation and in some cases, while in more restrictive settings. Our field and our science has much to offer to children and youth who fit the EBD criteria, but may struggle to do so based upon a narrow view, for example, that ABA is only for Autism, or that these kids are better served by mental health professionals exclusively.

In this interactive webinar the ABA practitioner will gain a better understanding of the unique needs of these children and youth, the barriers they face in numerous life systems, the most common types of EBDs as well as issues related to psychotropic medications. In addition, the ABA practitioner will gain practical information and strategies for implementation in a variety of settings. Lastly, the practitioner will explore ways to create a bridge of understanding between mental health and the terminology and world views used by their own discipline.


About the Presenter

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-Dis a board certified behavior analyst (doctoral level) who practices privately with a focus on providing program supports, interventions, mentoring and evaluations in school settings. She is also an Associate Professor of Special Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA. She has been teaching and/or coordinating special education programs for 25 years, and has been in the field of ABA for 10. Her primary areas of interest are the application of ABA in the school setting and behavior interventions for students with complex support needs.

Vanessa got her general and special education certification in 1995 from Western Washington University. She obtained her Masters in Low Incidence Disabilities in 2002 from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of Washington in 2009. She has worked as a special education teacher, program coordinator and consultant.

Learning Objectives

Participants at this event will:

  1. Identify various definitions of EBDs: Emotional Behavior Disorders
  2. Define and discuss example major diagnostic areas, in terms of observable/measurable behaviors expressed
  3. Identify hallmark areas of concern for behavioral assessment and intervention
  4. Describe behavioral interventions to treat EBDs in various settings
  5. Describe differences and similarities between psychological orientations compared to behavioral orientations and approaches

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 3.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (included with purchase)
  • $59.99 to attend
    • Includes access to the recording and presentation materials, 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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