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Berkeley Therapy Institute

1749 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley, California 94709

United States

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Professional services offered at the Berkeley Therapy Institute include outpatient psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychopharmacologic consultation, professional consultations with attorneys, businesses and community agencies, drug research studi ... more

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Employment History

EDS Corporation

Research Assistant

Lesley University

Instructor

Alameda County Sheriff's Office

Own Worst enemy?National Psychologist

Zur Institute

Intern

Wright State University

Member, Department of Psychology

Stanford University

Education

Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Israel

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M. A.

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B.Sc.: Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, June 1975. Including graduate work in Oceanography.

Positions In Psychology And Related Fields
1988-present: Psychotherapist, licensed psychologist, private practice, Sonoma, California. Individual, couple and family therapy. (P.E.C. # PSY10763).
1/90-present: Forensic Consultant & Expert Witness: Consult with attorneys about forensic and ethical matters, including scope of practice, standard of care, boundaries, ethical violations, treatment planning, dual relationships, sexual misconduct, termination, record keeping, etc.
1/90-present: Ethics Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, administrators, mental health clinics, and organizations on ethical and standard of care matters, including scope of practice, boundaries, ethical violations, treatment planning, dual relationships, sexual misconduct, termination, record keeping, burnout, etc.
2005-present: Consultant and Psycho-educator for general public, corporations and schools on issues related to Internet addiction, Online use and abuse, issues between the digital divide between digital natives (younger generations) and digital immigrants (older generations) at home and at the work place.
3/03-present: HIPAA Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, administrators and attorneys about the numerous issues surrounding HIPAA compliance.
1/95-present: Director, Zur Institute, A Continuing Education Program: The Institute offers over 150 online courses, several home study courses and live presentations/workshops for CE credits for psychotherapists. It is approved to provide continuing education courses for psychologists (approved by American Psychological Association, APA since 1995), California MFT's and LCSW's (approved by CA-BBS since 1996), Social Workers (approved by ASWB since 2005), counselors (approved by NBCC since 2006) and California nurses (approved by CA-BRN since 2007). For list of courses, click here and for CE approvals, click here.
1/90-present: Private Practice Marketing & Management, Ethics and Clinical Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists on a wide range of practice, ethical and clinical matters such as practice management, marketing, practicing outside managed care, clinical efficacy, record keeping, scope of practice, termination, boundaries, dual relationships, transference and counter-transference, etc.
1/90-present: Mediator, family, divorce, inheritance, family business, and business mediation, Sonoma, California.
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1/82-8/83: Intern, Berkeley Therapy Institute, Berkeley, California. Individual/family therapy with children/adults, and crisis intervention. Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Singer.
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9/82-8/83: Intern, Wright Institute Clinic, Berkeley, California. Individual and couple therapy.
8/80-6/81: Research Assistant, Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Program research and evaluation of educational settings as part of the Teaching Corps project.
1980-1981: Intern, Survival, Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts. Counseled adolescents, adults and families.
1979-1980: Coach, Community Center, Hazor Haglilit, Israel.
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1977-1978: Researcher, East Africa. Conducted a socio-economic study of malnutrition and of introduction a new diet to the malnourished population.
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1988-present: Instructor, Continuing education workshops and seminars for psychotherapists. For a list of workshops and seminars, see below.
1997-present: Instructor, online courses and home study courses for continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, counselors, and nurses.
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Taught courses such as the Dissertation Proposal Seminar, and Establishing and Sustaining a Private Practice. Also supervised/chaired dissertations.
8/88-6/97: Instructor - post graduate level, Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS). Instructed and trained candidates for the California psychology licensing examination (Ph.D. level) and Marriage and Family Counselor exam (MA level). Taught the following topics: Diagnosis and differential diagnosis; Clinical interventions and treatment plans; Ethics and law in the clinical practice; and Cultural awareness in the clinical setting: Working with a diverse population.
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Winter 1988: Lecturer, J.F.K. University, Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness, Orinda, California. Taught the course, Understanding the Light of Peace in the Shadow of War.
4/88-5/88: Instructor, Sonoma Crisis Hot line, Sonoma, California. Trained volunteers in crisis intervention.
3/85-9/86: Assistant Professor, California State University, Hayward Extension Education, Hayward, California. Taught courses and workshops on Understanding the Light of Peace in the Shadow of War, and on Gender and War.
4/1-30/1984: Instructor, Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
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Zur, A. and Zur, O. (Forthcoming in December, 2012).
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Zur, A. and Zur, O. (Forthcoming in December, 2012).
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Therapy in the Digital Era: Psychology of the Web and Introduction to Telehealth. Routledge Mental Health, Francis & Tailor, Pub.
Zur, A. and Zur, O. (2011). Zur, A. and Zur, O. (2011).
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Zur, O. (2007).
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Washington, DC: American Psychological Association - APA Books.
Zur, O. (Orig-2006, 4th Edition).
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Zur, O. (2004).
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HIPAA Compliance Kit, 3rd Edition. Distributed by W. W. Norton, N.Y.: Norton Professional Books.
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Lazarus, A. A. & Zur, O. (Eds.) (2002).
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New York: Springer.
Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Online Publications
Zur, O. (in press).
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Not All Multiple Relationships Are Created Equal: Mapping the Maze of 26 Types of Multiple Relationships. Independent Practitioner.
Zur, O. (2012).
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Zur, O. (2012).
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Google Factor: Therapists' Transparency In The Digital Era of Google and MySpace. In Stout, C. E. (Ed.) Chapter 14: Getting Better at Private Practice. Hoboken, New Jersey, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 230-238.
Zur, O. (2012).
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Zur, O. (2012).
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Psychotherapy Networker, July/August, p. 33. Retrieved on July 24, 2012 from http://www.zurinstitute.com/skype_debate.pdf.
Zur, O. (2012).
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Subsequent Therapist Syndrome: Are we each our own worst enemy?National Psychologist, July/August, p.21.
Zur, O. (2012).
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California Psychologist, 45/1, 13-15.
Zur, O. (2012).
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Zur, O. (2012).
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Zur, A. & Zur, O. (2011).
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Zur, A. & Zur, O. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. (2010).
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Is it Kosher for a Psychotherapist to Serve as an Expert Witness?National Psychologist, November/December, pp 5, 8. An earlier version of this paper was published at: Zur, O. (2010) Forensic Psychology Dual Relationships: Is it Kosher for a Psychotherapist to Serve as an Expert Witness?
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Zur, O. (2010).
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Source: Zur, O. (2010).
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Source: Zur, O. (2010).
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National Psychologist, July/August, p. 20-21.
Zur, O. (2010).
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Reprint: Zur, O. (2010).
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Reprint: Zur, O. (2010).
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Insurance Fraud and Misrepresentation of Services in Billing. Clinical Update (Newsletter of California Society for Clinical Social Work, CSCSW), 39/10, May, p. 5. Reprint: in Zur, O. (2010). Reprint: in Zur, O. (2010).
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Progress Notes, April 7, 2010 Volume 9/5.
Zur, O. (2010).
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In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., pp.
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Zur, O. (2010).
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Self-disclosure. In I. B. W


CURRICULUM VITAE, Ofer Zur, Ph. D.

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B.Sc.: Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, June 1975. Including graduate work in Oceanography.

Positions In Psychology And Related Fields
1988-present: Psychotherapist, licensed psychologist, private practice, Sonoma, California. Individual, couple and family therapy. (P.E.C. # PSY10763).
1/90-present: Forensic Consultant & Expert Witness: Consult with attorneys about forensic and ethical matters, including scope of practice, standard of care, boundaries, ethical violations, treatment planning, dual relationships, sexual misconduct, termination, record keeping, etc.
1/90-present: Ethics Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, administrators, mental health clinics, and organizations on ethical and standard of care matters, including scope of practice, boundaries, ethical violations, treatment planning, dual relationships, sexual misconduct, termination, record keeping, burnout, etc.
2005-present: Consultant and Psycho-educator for general public, corporations and schools on issues related to Internet addiction, Online use and abuse, issues between the digital divide between digital natives (younger generations) and digital immigrants (older generations) at home and at the work place.
3/03-present: HIPAA Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, administrators and attorneys about the numerous issues surrounding HIPAA compliance.
1/95-present: Director, Zur Institute, A Continuing Education Program: The Institute offers over 150 online courses, several home study courses and live presentations/workshops for CE credits for psychotherapists. It is approved to provide continuing education courses for psychologists (approved by American Psychological Association, APA since 1995), California MFT's and LCSW's (approved by CA-BBS since 1996), Social Workers (approved by ASWB since 2005), counselors (approved by NBCC since 2006) and California nurses (approved by CA-BRN since 2007). For list of courses, click here and for CE approvals, click here.
1/90-present: Private Practice Marketing & Management, Ethics and Clinical Consultant: Consult with psychotherapists on a wide range of practice, ethical and clinical matters such as practice management, marketing, practicing outside managed care, clinical efficacy, record keeping, scope of practice, termination, boundaries, dual relationships, transference and counter-transference, etc.
1/90-present: Mediator, family, divorce, inheritance, family business, and business mediation, Sonoma, California.
...
1/82-8/83: Intern, Berkeley Therapy Institute, Berkeley, California. Individual/family therapy with children/adults, and crisis intervention. Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Singer.
...
9/82-8/83: Intern, Wright Institute Clinic, Berkeley, California. Individual and couple therapy.
8/80-6/81: Research Assistant, Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Program research and evaluation of educational settings as part of the Teaching Corps project.
1980-1981: Intern, Survival, Inc., Quincy, Massachusetts. Counseled adolescents, adults and families.
1979-1980: Coach, Community Center, Hazor Haglilit, Israel.
...
1977-1978: Researcher, East Africa. Conducted a socio-economic study of malnutrition and of introduction a new diet to the malnourished population.
...
1988-present: Instructor, Continuing education workshops and seminars for psychotherapists. For a list of workshops and seminars, see below.
1997-present: Instructor, online courses and home study courses for continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, counselors, and nurses.
...
Taught courses such as the Dissertation Proposal Seminar, and Establishing and Sustaining a Private Practice. Also supervised/chaired dissertations.
8/88-6/97: Instructor - post graduate level, Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS). Instructed and trained candidates for the California psychology licensing examination (Ph.D. level) and Marriage and Family Counselor exam (MA level). Taught the following topics: Diagnosis and differential diagnosis; Clinical interventions and treatment plans; Ethics and law in the clinical practice; and Cultural awareness in the clinical setting: Working with a diverse population.
...
Winter 1988: Lecturer, J.F.K. University, Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness, Orinda, California. Taught the course, Understanding the Light of Peace in the Shadow of War.
4/88-5/88: Instructor, Sonoma Crisis Hot line, Sonoma, California. Trained volunteers in crisis intervention.
3/85-9/86: Assistant Professor, California State University, Hayward Extension Education, Hayward, California. Taught courses and workshops on Understanding the Light of Peace in the Shadow of War, and on Gender and War.
4/1-30/1984: Instructor, Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
...
Zur, A. and Zur, O. (Forthcoming in December, 2012).
...
Zur, A. and Zur, O. (Forthcoming in December, 2012).
...
Therapy in the Digital Era: Psychology of the Web and Introduction to Telehealth. Routledge Mental Health, Francis & Tailor, Pub.
Zur, A. and Zur, O. (2011). Zur, A. and Zur, O. (2011).
...
Zur, O. (2007).
...
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association - APA Books.
Zur, O. (Orig-2006, 4th Edition).
...
Zur, O. (2004).
...
HIPAA Compliance Kit, 3rd Edition. Distributed by W. W. Norton, N.Y.: Norton Professional Books.
...
Lazarus, A. A. & Zur, O. (Eds.) (2002).
...
New York: Springer.
Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Online Publications
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Google Factor: Therapists' Transparency In The Digital Era of Google and MySpace. In Stout, C. E. (Ed.) Chapter 14: Getting Better at Private Practice. Hoboken, New Jersey, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 230-238.
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Psychotherapy Networker, July/August, p. 33. Retrieved on July 24, 2012 from http://www.zurinstitute.com/skype_debate.pdf.
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Subsequent Therapist Syndrome: Are we each our own worst enemy?National Psychologist, July/August, p.21.
Zur, O. (2012).
...
California Psychologist, 45/1, 13-15.
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Zur, O. (2012).
...
Zur, A. & Zur, O. (2011).
...
Zur, A. & Zur, O. (2011).
...
Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011).
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Zur, O. (2010).
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Is it Kosher for a Psychotherapist to Serve as an Expert Witness?National Psychologist, November/December, pp 5, 8. An earlier version of this paper was published at: Zur, O. (2010) Forensic Psychology Dual Relationships: Is it Kosher for a Psychotherapist to Serve as an Expert Witness?
...
Zur, O. (2010).
...
Source: Zur, O. (2010).
...
Source: Zur, O. (2010).
...
National Psychologist, July/August, p. 20-21.
Zur, O. (2010).
...
Reprint: Zur, O. (2010).
...
Reprint: Zur, O. (2010).
...
Insurance Fraud and Misrepresentation of Services in Billing. Clinical Update (Newsletter of California Society for Clinical Social Work, CSCSW), 39/10, May, p. 5. Reprint: in Zur, O. (2010). Reprint: in Zur, O. (2010).
...
Progress Notes, April 7, 2010 Volume 9/5.
Zur, O. (2010).
...
In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., pp.
...
Zur, O. (2010).
...
Self-disclosure. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., pp.
...
Zur, O. (2010).
...
How Should Psychologists Respond to Online 'Fr


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Aggressive behavior in people with mental retardation in community settings is shown by approximately 2-15% of children and adolescents and approximately 10-15% of adults (Rojahn & Tasse, 1996.) Aggression has many negative consequences, including rejection by peers, staff and family members, exclusion from integrated settings, use of restrictive behavioral practices, increased use of psychotropic medications, injuries to self, peers and staff, and increased costs (McDonell & Sturmey, 1993.) In response to this problem a range of community-based services for aggressive and other challenging behaviors have been developed (Allen, 2001, 2002; Hanson, Weisler, & Lakin, 2002)

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Aggressive behavior in people with mental retardation in community settings is shown by approximately 2-15% of children and adolescents and approximately 10-15% of adults (Rojahn & Tasse, 1996.) Aggression has many negative consequences, including rejection by peers, staff and family members, exclusion from integrated settings, use of restrictive behavioral practices, increased use of psychotropic medications, injuries to self, peers and staff, and increased costs (McDonell & Sturmey, 1993.) In response to this problem a range of community-based services for aggressive and other challenging behaviors have been developed (Allen, 2001, 2002; Hanson, Weisler, & Lakin, 2002)
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Emerson (2002) conducted several surveys of children and adults with mental retardation in community services.He surveyed 107 children and adolescents with challenging behaviour who lived in community settings and found that 67% of them had their challenging behaviour managed ‘sometimes' or usually' managed by restraint.68% by seclusion, and 6% by sedation.In a second survey of 68 children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities 46% had experienced restraint, 67% seclusion, 2% sedation and 4% medication over the preceding 6 months.In a third survey of 656 of children with intellectual disabilities, 42% displayed challenging behavior.Of those who displayed challenging behavior 28% had experienced physical restraint, 32% seclusion, 1% sedation and 3% mechanical restraint over the preceding six months.Feldman, Atkinson, Foti-Gervail and Condillac (2004) conducted a similar survey of formal and informal interventions strategies in 625 clients with behavior problems in Ontario from 96 agencies.Ninety-two per cent of the sample lived in community settings and 8% lived in institutions.They found that 56% had experienced medication for behavior control, 12.3% had experienced physical restraint, 11.4% had experienced confinement time-out, 5.9% had experienced mechanical restraints and 4.5% had experienced seclusion.These restrictive procedures were used both in formal programs and informally.Thus, data from both the United Kingdom and Canada indicate that reactive and restrictive strategies are commonly used in community settings.
In response to the need to implement reactive strategies more effectively a staff training courses (Allen, 2001), social policy (Harris, 2002; Harris, Allen, Cornick, Jefferson, & Mills, 1996)) and regional and state challenging behavioral services (Hanson, et al., 2002) have been developed.In response to the need to implement reactive strategies more effectively a staff training courses (Allen, 2001), social policy (Harris, 2002; Harris, Allen, Cornick, Jefferson, & Mills, 1996)) and regional and state challenging behavioral services (Hanson, et al., 2002) have been developed.
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Allen and Tynan (2000) conducted a quasi-experimental study to evaluate the effects of a staff training course to increase staff members' knowledge of effective management of aggressive behavior and to increase their confidence in managing challenging behavior.
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Other quasi-experimental and experimental studies have found similar benefits of staff training for psychiatric hospital staff (Phillips & Rudenstam, 1995; Rice, Helzel, Varney & Quinsey, 1985) and nursing students, although one study found staff training to be ineffective in changing staff (Needham et al., 2004a, 2004b, 2004c.) Finally, Van den Pol, Reid and Fuqua (1983) used a single subject experimental design demonstrated that supervisors could be trained to teach their staff to correctly implement reactive strategies using behavioral skills training.Thus, although there are a number of quasi-experimental and experimental studies demonstrating benefits of staff training, there number is limited and positive outcomes are not always reported.Further, although studies have evaluated staff training procedures to better manage challenging behaviors in adults and children with mental retardation, no studies were identified that worked with services for people with autism spectrum disorders.
McDonell, (1997; McDonnell, Dearden, & Richens, 1991a, b, c) developed a course to promote the use of simple preventative strategies, a low arousal approach to reducing aggressive behaviours (McDonnell, Johnson, Reeves & Lane, 1998) and physical interventions, which are designed to avoid pain and which are socially validated (McDonnell, & Sturmey, 1993, 2000; McDonnell, Sturmey, & Dearden, 1993).McDonell, (1997; McDonnell, Dearden, & Richens, 1991a, b, c) developed a course to promote the use of simple preventative strategies, a low arousal approach to reducing aggressive behaviours (McDonnell, Johnson, Reeves & Lane, 1998) and physical interventions, which are designed to avoid pain and which are socially validated (McDonnell, & Sturmey, 1993, 2000; McDonnell, Sturmey, & Dearden, 1993).
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Previous non-experimental studies have demonstrated that it can reduce challenging behaviours and the use of restraint for individual clients (McDonell et al., 1998) as well as for entire units (McDonnell & Reeves, 1996; McDonnell, Walters, Jones, 2002.) Evaluation of 15 courses using a non-experimental pre-post design indicated that staff often gain confidence and knowledge following the course (McDonell & Sturmey, in press.) Thus, there was a need for a more rigorous evaluation of this staff training course in services for people with autism spectrum disorders.
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Twenty-eight (65%) were women and 15 (35%) were men.Ten (23%) worked part-time, and 33 (77%) worked full time.Seven (16%) had worked for less than one year, 9 (21%) for one to two years, 10 (23%) for 3 to 5 years and 17 (40%) for over five years.There were 47 participants in the comparison group.Twenty-seven (57%) were women and 20 (43%) were men.Sixteen (34%) worked part-time, and 31 (66%) worked full time.Eight (17%) had worked for less than one year, 9 (19%) for one to two years, 12 (26%) for 3 to 5 years and 18 (38%) for over five years.
Both services provided care for adults diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders.The staff in the training group provided residential social care and day services to 30 service users in four group homes and a day service.The group homes ranged from a dwelling with four individuals to one house with nine people.This service employed 50 staff.Staff in the comparison group provided residential social care and day services to 48 service users in six group homes and two-day services.Between six and eight people lived in the group homes.
Staff Training
All staff in the experimental group participated in the three-day training course (McDonnell, 1997.) Half of this training course involved theoretical components, such as legal issues, causes of aggressive behavior, staff support and low arousal approaches (The remainder of the training course examined high frequency aggressive behaviors, such as hair pulling, biting, grabbing, airway protection, and one form of two person service user chair restraint in an upright posture.All staff in the experimental group participated in the three-day training course (McDonnell, 1997.) Half of this training course involved theoretical components, such as legal issues, causes of aggressive behavior, staff support and low arousal approaches (The remainder of the training course examined high frequency aggressive behaviors, such as hair pulling, biting, grabbing, airway protection, and one form of two person service user chair restraint in an upright posture.
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The Staff Support and Satisfaction Questionnaire (3SQ) was a 21-item measure of staff support (Harris & Rose, 2002).The 3SQ had good test retest reliability (r = 0.82) and high levels of internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.92, (David, 1997).
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Items on both of the scales were rated on a four-point Likert scale from 'not used' to 'used a great deal'.
The Thoughts about Challenging Behavior Questionnaire was a 15-item measure, which examined perceived controllability of staff behavior (Dagnan, 2002).Thoughts that people may have when dealing with a person with a learning disability and challenging behavior (e.g. 'they are trying to wind me up') were rated on a five-point Likert scale from 'agree strongly' to 'disagree strongly'.The internal consistency of the pre-training scores (N = 43) was very high (alpha = 0.85).
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Statements about violent people, such as 'I would be able to talk to a potentially violent person,' were rated on an eleven-point Likert scale reflecting how confident participants would be to carry out any of the statements right at this moment.
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The original checklist contai

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