Contingent Electric Skin Shock

How sloppy science has lead to abhorrent ethics

This Continuing Education Event was recorded on the 28th May @ 2pm (GMT+1) and was held to publicly support the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) call for an immediate ban on the use of contingent electric skin shock (CESS) as a purported treatment for challenging behaviour. In holding this event we aim to amplify the IASSIDD’s call for all organisations involved in the lives of people with disabilities to issue public statements condemning such practices. We call on journal editors to issue statements of concern regarding the claims made in their publications on the use of CESS.

Behaviour Analysts and other professionals supporting people experiencing challenging behaviour have a responsibility to offer evidence-based and effective treatments. Numerous studies have been published in the behaviour analytic literature which claim to demonstrate that CESS is an effective means to reduce significant challenging behaviours. The event will present a critical analysis of the literature used to promote the use of CESS. Attendees will be informed about the risks of using reductive and narrow parameters in assessing outcomes of challenging behaviour interventions and the potential negative consequences this can have for vulnerable people.

The unchallenged acceptance of these deeply flawed studies in our scientific literature represents a significant risk to the people we support and the credibility of applied behaviour analysis as a scientific discipline.

A discussion panel will be held to explore the steps that behaviour analysts and their professional organisations can take in order to promote ethical and evidence-based interventions for challenging behaviour.

Link to the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities here

Find the IASSIDD evidence and position paper here

One free CEU in ethics is available for this event. Please complete this form, after the event to receive your CEU.

This is a free event, but if you would like to make a payment to support the work of the MBAF, you can do so here.

Contingent Electric Skin Shock

How sloppy science has lead to abhorrent ethics

On Friday 28th of May @ 2pm GMT+1 the Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum in partnership with ABA Ireland will host a panel discussion on Contingent Electric Skin Shock as a purported treatment for challenging behaviour.

This Continuing Education Event is being held to publicly support the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) call for an immediate ban on the use of contingent electric skin shock (CESS) as a purported treatment for challenging behaviour. We will amplify the IASSIDD’s call for all organisations involved in the lives of people with disabilities to issue public statements condemning such practices. We call on journal editors to issue statements of concern regarding the claims made in their publications on the use of CESS.

Link to the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities here

Find the IASSIDD evidence and position paper here

Book here

One free CEU in ethics is available for this event. Please complete this form, after the event to receive your CEU.

This is a free event, but if you would like to make a payment to support the work of the MBAF, you can do so here.

Evidenced-Based Practice in Irish Primary Schools

Evidenced-based practice in Irish primary schools

This event will be of interest to all those supporting children with additional needs in Irish Education, particularly those educating children with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

One Continuing Education Unit is available. If you wish to make a payment to support the work of the MBAF you can do so, if not, this one is on us. Enjoy!

Click here to complete your CEU / CPD form

On the 24th of March 2021 we were joined by Lorna Barry BCBA and PhD candidate. Lorna provided us with an overview and discussion of her doctoral research, funded by the Irish Research Council and titled:

Bridging the gap: Understanding Irish teacher’s implementation of evidence-based practices in the education of children with Autism. 

Lorna is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with experience working with school-age children, which stoked her interest in this topic.

In this video she presents the results of a scoping review conducted on the barriers and facilitators to implementing evidenced-based practices (EBP) in schools. A qualitative interview conducted with mainstream teachers in Ireland, together with the results of a survey study that examined teachers’ knowledge of EBPs are presented by Lorna. Implications for practice and recommendations for practitioners will then be discussed. This event will be of interest to anyone looking to gain insights into factors that may help or hinder teachers’ use of EBPs with students living with a diagnosis of autism in Ireland.