3 Learning Type CEUs

Beyond Behavior: A Trauma-Informed Approach in BCBA Practice

Learn why even YOU might be at risk!


Instructors: Amelia Dalphonse, MA, BCBA and Nicole Dionne, MA, LCMHC, BCBA 

Amelia Dalphonse, MA, BCBA, co-founded Master ABA with her twin sister, Dianna Kelly, bringing over 13 years of expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Passionate about prioritizing client needs, Amelia earned a Master’s degree in ABA and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

At Master ABA, Amelia and Dianna lead with innovation, emphasizing client-centered care to drive meaningful change. As an ACE provider, they’ve established the institution as a hub for progressive ABA practices, inspiring others to adopt compassionate and ethical approaches.

Through her role at Master ABA, Amelia advocates for advancing the ABA field with empathy and integrity. She stays abreast of the latest research, continuously seeking opportunities for professional growth.

Amelia’s leadership and dedication continue to shape the ABA community, empowering practitioners to prioritize client well-being. Together with her sister, she envisions a future where ethical values drive positive change in ABA practices.

Nicole Dionne is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor based in Greenland, NH, with over 19 years of experience in the mental health field. She emphasizes the importance of collaborative relationships and acknowledges the inherent strength within each individual who seeks her guidance. Dionne’s primary objective is to create a secure environment conducive to processing and overcoming life’s stressors.

Her services cater to individuals spanning from early childhood through adulthood. Dionne specializes in perinatal, prenatal, and infant mental health, focusing on early intervention. Additionally, she is proficient in working with a neurodiverse clientele, addressing conditions such as autism, ADHD, and various intellectual and neurodiverse presentations.

Why is Beyond Behavior: A Trauma-Informed Approach in BCBA Practice important?

When I initially began working with this 5-year-old, let’s call him Jacob, his severe behavioral challenges presented a steep learning curve. Though his behavior often followed patterns, unpredictable outbursts and meltdowns arose triggered by seemingly innocuous stimuli. While the cause remained unclear at the time, it gnawed at me that there might be more to the story, a deeper pain beyond our immediate understanding.

Little did I know, just before our sessions began, Jacob had tragically lost his mother to a drug overdose.

This realization, though belated, shifted my perspective entirely. It became painfully evident that his challenging behavior was likely a manifestation of unimaginable trauma, a silent cry for help amidst the overwhelming grief he couldn’t articulate verbally. Reflecting on this experience reminds me of the crucial role understanding plays in effective intervention. Without recognizing the potential impact of trauma, my intervention could have unintentionally exacerbated his struggles.

What’s Included with Beyond Behavior: A Trauma-Informed Approach in BCBA Practice?

  • 3 50-60 minute lessons with actionable steps you can use right from the start
  • Understand the impact of Trauma on development
  • Identify definitions of Trauma-informed care and Trauma
  • Identify research in the field of ABA related to Trauma-informed care
  • Conduct a trauma-informed care self-assessment
  • Identify ways to normalize trauma responses when speaking to clients or collaterals
  • Utilize strategies that are trauma-informed or trauma-assumed

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See what people are saying:

This was a really well designed course with very useful, practical, and thought provoking content. I would like to see more discussions regarding TIC in ABA therapy. I especially liked taking the parents trauma in perspective when developing treatment and considering barriers to their participation in treatment.
Melissa H.
Nikki had a nice way of presenting materials that was easy to follow and kept me engaged the entire time. I found myself wanting to soak in all the information and apply it as a school BCBA. I loved how she really emphasized having a trauma-informed approach towards all clients and caregivers. I highly recommend this course to all BCBAs and professionals that may benefit from this information.
Katheryn S.
This course was a great snapshot of what TIC is and how to incorporate the practice into an ongoing ABA program.
Kristen W.

Vulnerable clients are at risk!

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are often seen as architects of positive change, wielding strategies to address challenging behaviors and skill deficits. But there’s a missing piece in this equation: trauma. Many clients BCBAs work with carry invisible scars, their experiences shaping their responses in ways traditional behavior modification might miss.

Yet, few ABA programs integrate trauma-informed care, an approach that acknowledges the impact of past experiences on behavior. This leaves BCBAs navigating complex situations without essential tools. It’s like building a bridge without understanding the ground beneath.

  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Opportunities: Without understanding trauma’s impact, BCBAs risk misinterpreting challenging behaviors, leading to interventions that miss the root cause and perpetuate the cycle of struggle. Imagine labeling a child’s emotional outburst as defiance when it’s actually a cry for help triggered by past trauma.
  • Re-traumatization and Broken Trust: Traditional behavior modification techniques, designed for different situations, can inadvertently re-traumatize clients with sensitive histories. This can erode trust, hinder progress, and exacerbate existing problems.
  • Wasted Resources and Ethical Concerns: BCBAs without trauma-informed training struggle to navigate complex cases effectively, potentially leading to extended treatment times, increased costs, and ultimately, unfulfilled potential for clients. This raises ethical concerns, as BCBAs have a responsibility to provide the most effective and appropriate care possible.

But that’s not the end of it—the problem’s actually worse than that!

  • Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Unprepared BCBAs suffer fatigue, harming care and increasing turnover, leaving clients worse off.
  • Widening Equity Gaps: Unknowing BCBAs misinterpret cultural expressions, further disadvantaging vulnerable communities.
  • Public Distrust and System Breakdown: Failed interventions erode trust, leading to treatment disengagement and system breakdown.

Unless you know what’s really behind the behavior you might be making things worse!


Frequently Asked Questions

How is the training different from a regular CEU course?

  • The training is focused on actionable steps so you can immediately put what you’re learning into practice.  This training puts the focus on DOING instead of just LEARNING. 

Will I get a certificate of completion?

  • Once you complete the course, including the quiz and survey, you will receive a certificate granting you 3 Learning Type BACB CEU.

How many CEUs do I earn by completing the training?

  • You will earn 3 Learning Type CEU

How long do I have to complete the training?

  • Once you buy the course, you are free to complete it whenever you like.