Reducing Restraint and Seclusion in Schools: Creating Safety
This presentation will cover conceptual and practical considerations for school based behavior analysts who work with individuals who experience restraint and seclusion. Emphasis will be placed on strategies to prevent and reduce restraint and seclusion at the systems and classroom levels, as well as at the individual client level. Discussion will include ethical and risk considerations, culturing staff buy-in, practical factors influencing safety.
- The participant will explain common reasons why restraint and seclusion are used in schools.
- The participant will identify key components of a systems level behavior support framework in schools.
- The participant will identify key components of a classroom level behavior support framework.
- The participant will provide examples of individual client level safety considerations.
- The participant will explain key ethics considerations when considering the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Dr. Clelia Sigaud, Psy.D, BCBA, Patrick Jecmen, BCBA
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Dr. Clelia Sigaud, Psy.D, BCBA. Dr. Sigaud is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Certified School Psychologist practicing in northern New England. Her background is in special education, with a focus on individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who engage in severe problem behavior. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and a PsyD in School Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland and at the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC) in New Hampshire. Dr. Sigaud currently serves as faculty in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Southern Maine, the Special Education department at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and works as a school psychologist and behavior analyst in schools in Maine and New Hampshire. In her free time, she founded and co-manages a behavior analysis dissemination website at LearningBehaviorAnalysis.com
Patrick Jecmen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Sandwich, Illinois. Patrick graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a degree in Special Education and began teaching in a therapeutic day school. In 2016, Patrick took a job in a public middle school to establish a program for students with emotional disabilities. Patrick left the classroom in 2019 to become a K-12 special education coach, while pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine. In July of 2021, Patrick graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Patrick now serves as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for an Early Childhood to 5th grade district in the suburbs of Chicago and contributes to LearningBehaviorAnalysis.com. He spends his days focusing on delivering dignified services to students, coaching school staff on the implementation of behavior analytic interventions, training staff in de-escalation skills, and creating content for LearningBehaviorAnalysis.com.