This Continuing Education Event is being offered in order to explicitly and 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. Further, we would like to amplify the IASSIDD’s call for all organisations and stakeholders involved in the lives of people with disabilities to issue public statements condemning such practices.
Behaviour Analysts and other professional 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.