Effective Use of De-escalation Procedures

Effective Use of De-escalation Procedures 

Individuals with histories of behavior difficulties sometimes experience situations that trigger unsafe behavior. This course will cover some of the reasons why behavioral crises occur and how they escalate. Strategies for prevention, intervention, and de-escalation will be addressed as well.The goal of this educational program is to provide behavior analysts in clinical and community settings with the information needed to navigate the variables associated with behavioral crisis intervention and prevention. This training is offered independent of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet Ethics CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-EUDP
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Discuss variables associated with behavioral crisis escalation.
Describe the crisis escalation cycle.
Describe crisis escalation within an ABA framework.
Describe prevention and intervention strategies based on applied behavior analysis.
Compare treatment packages designed to address crisis intervention and prevention.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: How Crises Occur

A Cautionary Tale

The Problem of Crises

Behavioral History

Behaviors that Result in Crisis Situations



Section 3: The Crisis Escalation Cycle

Visual Representation of Crises

Crises Are Specific to the Individual

Mapping Intervention to Stages in the Crisis Cycle

The Impact of Early Intervention



Section 4: The Role of ABA in Crisis De-escalation

Mitchell’s Crisis

Operant Relations in Crisis Situations

Respondent Conditioning



Section 5: ABA-Based Prevention and Intervention

Use the Science

Functional Analysis and Crisis Escalation

Behavior Support Planning



Section 6: Intervention Packages

Professional Crisis Management


Haugland Behavior System

Crisis Prevention Institute



Section 7: Conclusion

Course Summary

Course Contributors



Exam and BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jennifer DeLeeuw
Jennifer DeLeeuw, M.S., is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with experience providing services in homes, schools, and the community. Jennifer has worked with individuals with emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, brain injuries, autism, and other developmental disabilities. Currently, Jennifer is the District Behaviorist for a school district. She specializes in the prevention and de-escalation of crisis behavior. As a Certified Crisis Instructor, Jennifer demonstrates expertise in managing individuals in crisis. Additionally, she provides others with the knowledge and skills needed to manage crisis situations Disclosure: Jennifer DeLeeuw 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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