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Building Behavioural Solutions conference brings experts to St. Lawrence College


St. Lawrence College is pleased to host the 5th annual Building Behavioural Solutions conference on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17. The conference, titled Learning With Our Community: Fostering Strategies for Everyday Application, is offered in partnership with Southeast Region Autism Services, which includes Pathways for Children & Youth, Lanark Community Programs of Lanark Health and Community Services, and Counselling Services of Belleville & District.

On Wednesday, April 16, the conference opens with a keynote address from Dr. Patrick Friman, Ph.D., ABPP whose keynote “Behaviour analysis in the mainstream of everyday life” will address the general applicability of behaviour analysis to human problems and how behaviour analysis can become a mainstream sci­ence by addressing more mainstream problems. Dr. Friman is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Nebraska School Of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He is also on the editorial boards of six peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 180 scientific articles and chapters and three books, and he currently writes a regu­lar column on child behaviour for Family Spectrum Magazine.

Wednesday also features several concurrent speakers and workshops on various topics related to the field of behavioural psychology and Applied Behavioural Analysis. Concurrent speakers include Carmen Hall from Fanshawe College who will be presenting two exciting sessions: “The iPad is more than an app! Utilizing the device and its features for children with disabilities in clinical and educational settings” and “Applied behaviour analysis in school settings: case examples of the two fields merging”; Louis Busch from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health who will be presenting a session titled “The diversity of momentum: Applying behavioural momentum theory to complex clinical problems in dual diagnosis”; Lisa Orsi from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health who will be presenting a concurrent titled “Applying behaviour analysis within forensic mental health: An introduction to recovery focused care”; and Dr. Friman who, in addition to his keynote, will also be presenting a session titled “Behavioural pediatrics: Appending behavioural psychology to primary health care”.

On Thursday, April 17, Kathleen Corrigan, an experienced educator, and Tracie Lindblad, Speech Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, will each present an exciting workshop specifically designed for clinicians who are working in the community with children who have special needs. Kathleen will be presenting a workshop titled “Collaborating with Parents in the Quest to Support Children’s Needs” and Tracie will be presenting a workshop titled “Assessment, Curriculum Development, and Treatment for Speech, Language, and Communication Deficits in Individuals with ASD”.

“We are delighted to partner with our local community to offer students and professionals the opportunity to come together to share behavioural research and best practices,” said Robin Hicks, Associate Dean of Community Services at St. Lawrence College. “This annual conference has attracted approximately 250 participants and the distinguished presenters will be discussing innovative behavioural interventions for a broad range of client groups to meet service needs in our community.”

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 345 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our online and continuing education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

For information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451