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ABA Workshop Series:
Practicing ABA within the Military and Veteran Community

2014 ABA Series: Practicing ABA within the Military and Veteran Community

November 6, 2013

This workshop addresses several topics that are relevant to practice with the military and veteran community. It will describe applying behavior analytic principles and procedures to help veterans, active military, and wounded warriors.


Practicing ABA within the Military and Veteran Community
Presenters: Kent Corso, Psy.D., B.C.B.A.-D., and Abigail Calkin, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D.
Date: April 12, 2014 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Verizon Auditorium, Science and Technology Campus, George Mason University

The military and veteran community is a unique population with specific values, language, and customs. Understanding these cultural factors is instrumental to providing effective behavioral analytic services to military and veteran families.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn how to provide culturally relevant ABA services for military and veteran clients whether attendees participate in the Tricare ECHO program or other venues for working with this community.
  • The workshop will focus on novel methods of reaching this population. According to the latest data, behavior analysts currently reach 0.059% of the military and veteran population through official, reimbursable means. Yet, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left many service members with an unregulated, highly active sympathetic nervous system, which may degrade their job performance and lead to impairing sleeping problems, irritability, interpersonal conflicts, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
  • The workshop concludes with a discussion of several evidence-based interventions and programs aimed at bolstering the self- regulation (resiliency) skills of service members before, during, and following deployments. Finally, suggestions are offered for helping behavior analysts gain increased access to serving the military and veteran community.

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