Shane T. Spiker, Applied Behaviour Analyst & Educator 

Shane T. Spiker is a board certified behaviour analyst in Ormond Beach, Florida. Shane received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 and his Master of Science of Psychology in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. In May 2019, he graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on instructional design from Walden University.  He has been deeply immersed in the field of behaviour analysis for 10 years, with the majority of his experience with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Shane specifically specializes working with teens and adults with significant and dangerous problem behaviour as well as medically complex individuals.

Primarily, Shane serves as the Director of Training and Dissemination at PBS, Corp. Currently, Shane is serving as the secretary of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice special interest group through ABAI. He has written and published several articles related to behaviour analysis and practice. Additionally, he services as a co-instructor at Florida Institute of Technology and Arizona State University, where he teaches graduate level behaviour analytic coursework for those seeking certification.

Session: A Casual Review of All the Behaviour We’re Afraid to See

This discussion will review some of the more unique challenges regarding problem behaviour and treatment in the home and community setting, ethical considerations regarding treatment of more severe circumstances, and describe some unique concerns regarding sexual behaviour. The primary focus will be to provide an overview of contexts regarding socially significant problem behaviour and contextual fit using a series of brief case studies.

Session: Self-Care in a Behaviour Analytic World

In this discussion, the presenter will review new research on the current status of self-care within behaviour analytic practice. Self-care as a formal practice has not been intensely researched within behaviour analytic literature, leaving a potential gap in the skills of active practitioners. This presents a specific concern when compared to research within other helping professions that account for compassion fatigue, caregiver burnout, and traumatization.