2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

IDDD-1 - The Effective Milieu for Individuals with Complex Behavioral Presentations

Tuesday, October 9
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
CE: NAB: 1 | Nurses 1

What makes for an effective treatment milieu for individuals with complex behavioral presentations? Often, the emphasis is on containment, control, or safety in ways that conflict with our clinical and professional values. Nurturance is a model that emphasizes growth and fulfillment. Challenging individuals respond to opportunities for choice, preferred activity, engagement, helpful instruction, and recognition of personal best—in short, nurturance. This presentation will describe effective strategies for people with complex behavioral challenges, that are consistent with a nurturing approach. We will share case examples from inpatient and staffed community settings; and of children and adults with ID/DD, brain injuries, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Joseph N. Ricciardi, PsyD, BCBA-D, CBIST

Chief Clinical Officer
Seven Hills Foundation, and Seven Hills NeuroCare

Dr. Joseph Ricciardi is Chief Clinical Officer for Seven Hills Foundation and Director of Clinical Services for Seven Hills NeuroCare. Dr. Ricciardi is a licensed psychologist, with additional national certifications in behavioral psychology, applied behavior analysis, and brain injury. He has over 25 years experience serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injury, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in a variety of settings: outpatient consultation, community residences, private schools, and hospitals. Dr. Ricciardi has authored/co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles on psychopathology, behavioral intervention, and psychopharmacology. He has served editorial board assignments for several journals in the field. Dr. Ricciardi speaks regularly at local and national conferences. Dr. Ricciardi earned is Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at William James College (Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship (residency) at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School


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