Preparing for Crisis Situations

Preparing for Crisis Situations 

Crisis prevention training is an important part of any training program when working with individuals who exhibit challenging behaviors. It is also required for staff seeking reimbursement for services through certain funding sources. This course will provide an overview of preventing crisis behaviors with individuals and how to respond when they do occur. Through multiple scenarios you will learn how to prevent crisis behaviors and respond to crisis situations if they do occur. This course would be appropriate for any staff working with individuals who exhibit crisis behavior, including direct support professionals, such as Registered Behavior Technicians. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link:


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with F-02 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify prevention strategies for crisis behavior.
List key elements of a crisis plan and discuss importance.
Identify the functions of behavior and how these will affect how you prevent and respond to crisis behaviors.
List what steps should be taken after a crisis has occurred (e.g., who to inform, how documentation should take place).

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: What is a Crisis? A. Scenario: A Real Crisis B. A Real Crisis C. Training D. What is a Crisis? Section 3: Crisis Plan A. Who Needs a Crisis Plan? B. Parts of a Crisis Plan C. Preventing the Crisis D. Let’s Practice E. Antecedent Interventions Section F. Escalation Section G. Crisis Section H. Post Crisis Section I. Summary Section 4: What Causes Crisis Behavior? A. Functions of Behavior B. Functional Behavior Assessment C. Four Functions of Behavior D. Summary Section 5: The Environment During a Crisis A. Introduction B. Furniture C. Weapons D. Clothing E. Summary Section 6: Preventing Crisis Behaviors A. Introduction B. Antecedent Interventions for Escape Maintained Crisis Behaviors C. Antecedent Interventions for Gaining Access to Items and Activities D. Antecedent Interventions for Automatically Maintained Crisis Behaviors E. Summary Section 7: Responding to Crisis Behaviors A. Introduction B. Extinction and Differential Reinforcement C. Punishment D. Summary Section 8: Steps to Take After a Crisis has Occurred A. Introduction B. Behavioral Data C. Medication Reports D. Summary Section 9: Restraint and Crisis Interventions A. Introduction B. Summary Section 10: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. References

Expert Reviewer: Anne Collins-Castillo BA BCaBA
Anne Collins-Castillo is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Anne has been working in the field of autism since 1999. She started designing e-Learning curriculum is 2009 and currently serves as the ABA Content Manager for Relias Learning. Prior to designing online curriculum Anne worked in Hawaii and Japan training and supervising teams of ABA interventionists and worked 1:1 with individuals with autism aged 2-24, designing and implementing programs using behavior analytic interventions. Disclosure: Anne Collins-Castillo BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA
In 2008 Emaley McCulloch co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC and is currently the Director of Behavioral Products and Research at Relias Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has 17 years experience in the field of autism and ABA and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. Disclosure: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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