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5th Annual MTABA Conference

MTABA members and followers, 

See below for our 5th Annual MTABA Conference Agenda!

5th Annual Conference Agenda:

September 12th

Via Zoom Video Conference

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Friday, September 11th

5:30 - 6:30 PM  MTABA Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 12th

8 AM - 10 AM  Dr. Cheryl Young-Pelton, "Using Behavioral Components to Increase Participant Skills and Retention from Suicide Prevention Training Programs" (2, Type 2 CEs & QPR Suicide Prevention Certification for 3 years)

          Dr. Young-Pelton is the founder (2013) and past-president of MTABA and is a Professor at Montana State University Billings where she is a proud core faculty member of the ABAI Accredited ABA Program with Dr. Anna Young. Cheryl Young-Pelton has maintained behavior analysis certification since 1988 when she took a 2-day exam at the FLABA convention and earned Department of HRS Level-III certification in Behavior Analysis. Dr. Young-Pelton worked for nearly 25 years in Florida as a Music Therapist and Teacher one of the Sunland ICF/MR facilities, a self-contained classroom teacher for inner-city Emotionally Disturbed high school boys, a middle-school special educator and behavior specialist, assistant principal. Upon earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (UCF, 2005), she taught special educators at the University of Nebraska Kearney and then she took the current position at MSUB in 2008.

          Cheryl Young-Pelton is personally affected by suicide. In March of 1989 in her first-year teaching Emotionally Disturbed high school students, her husband went to a friend’s apartment and committed suicide. Cheryl became a widow at the age of 30, with three children who were just 7, 4, and 2 ½ years old. Resilience came from her parents and church family, and her children and teaching position provided a sense of purpose. Thirty years later, when teaching university courses on Emotional Disturbance, Dr. Young-Pelton emphasizes the need to recognize mental stress and suicidal ideation. Through a grant from the Montana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Dr. Young-Pelton was able to become a Certified Gatekeeper Instructor for QPR and has provided the course (with certificates) to students as well as to local community groups.

           In 2016, the CDC recognized suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death (after accidents) for people aged 10 to 34. Montana’s suicide rate ranges between 22 and 28 percent which is approximately 10% above the national average. Sadly, Montana holds the distinction as the top-ranked state for suicide deaths in the U.S. The need for suicide prevention training in organizations couldn’t be any more important.

           Gatekeeper Training is an intervention to train community members (e.g., office workers, front-line employees, grocery personnel, bartenders, etc.) in order to (a) identify people who are at risk of suicide and (b) help those at risk to communicate and be directed toward the provision of treatment and support for their suicide risk. Distal outcomes of gatekeeper training positively impact suicide and its associated risk factors. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is one of many package programs, originally developed in 1995 and now in its 3rd edition. It has become widely accepted among schools, military organizations, and emergency services personnel (Quinett, 2011). Suicide prevention courses are, most often, taught to participants in a 1-2-hour workshop using didactic instruction followed by role-play scenarios appropriate to the audience (e.g., high-school students, retirees, farmers/ranchers, police or firefighters, teachers, etc.).

            This workshop provides QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training highlighting behavioral components enhancing presentations including Direct Instruction (DI) and Behavior Skills Training (BST) during role-play. Participants will identify components of effective and ineffective training practices including the provision of immediate feedback. A component analysis of BST will be discussed. A behavior analysts’ ethical responsibility to colleagues and community will be emphasized.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM  Roundtable Small Groups 

          Group #1: ABA Dissemination and ethical concerns

          Group #2: Billing, Insurance, Public Policy, and ethical concerns

          Group #3: Montana BCBA Licensure, Board of Psychologists, and ethical concerns

          Group #4: Supervision and ethical concerns

11:15 AM - 12 PM  Roundtable Large Group

          Large group discussion of small group material. Cross-content discussions and dialogue. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Lunch 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Dr. DJ Moran, "Mindfulness Action Plan" 

       Dr. DJ Moran is the founder of Pickslyde Consulting and the MidAmerican Psychological Institute. He has helped thousands of people and hundreds of companies develop the skills for keeping vital commitments.  He has published books and articles on accelerating the skills of commitment, appeared on Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, and worked as a behavioral scientist on six continents and in all Fifty States of the USA. Whether working in the classroom or the boardroom, with the leader of a company or the leader of a third-shift factory line, he aims to accelerate performance and create valued results. Dr. Moran's "Mindfulness Action Plan" presentation is designed for all levels of practitioners and fields. You can receive Continuining Education (CE) credits for attending his presentation as a behavior analyst!

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