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THE ESSENTIAL FOR LIVING TREATMENT MODEL AND THE NEW PROGRAM ASSESSMENT TOOL: THE P.A.T.

IN PERSON WORKSHOP EFL

OCTOBER 22-23 FROM 9:00 AM TO 5:30 PM CEST
SALERNO - ABA FOR DISABILITY, ITALY

Since its release in 2012 EFL has proven to be much more than just a functional curriculum and assessment: its organization, built around the Essential Eight skills and the sequence designed for effective teaching that results in the generalized and fluent acquisition of life skills  for people from moderate to severe disabilities, has made it an effective Treatment Model.

In this workshop, the EFL-based Treatment Model, the recently released Teaching Manual and a new assessment tool, the P.A.T., will be presented and described for the first time in Italy with the autor. 

The Program Analysis Tool (P.A.T.), an interview-informed assessment, is an indirect and global measurement tool for assessing progress.
The P.A.T. has 5 domains: (1) skill, (2) challenging behavior, (3) support, (4) health, and (5) medication. 
Each item is rated on a scale of 4 (from 0 to 3) in a range of colors green-yellow-orange-red with red indicating more need/support/risk is required.
The tool was designed to provide an efficient and effective method of defining learners in manner that would be easily understood by non-clinical individuals. 

In person program

OCTOBER 22-23 FROM 9:00 AM TO 5:30 PM CEST
SALERNO - ABA FOR DISABILITY, ITALY

DAY 1 – SATURDAY OCTOBER 22

9:00-10:00
ESTABLISHING BETTER PRACTICES (TROY FRY)

10:00-11:00
BRIEF EFL OVERVIEW. SECTION 2 ETHIC CODE (VALENTINA SPAGONE)

11:00-13:00
EFL TREATMENT MODEL (TROY FRY)

Lunch Break

14:00- 15:00
THE NECESSARY NINE (ESSENTIAL 8 + LEISURE) (TROY FRY)

15:00-16:30
PROGRAM ANALYSIS TOOL PART 1 (TROY FRY – CHIARA PEZZANA)

16:30-17:00
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

17:00- 17:30
PRACTICE (ONLY IN PERSON)

DAY 2 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23

9:00-11:00
PROGRAM ANALYSIS TOOL PART 2 (TROY FRY – VALENTINA SPAGONE)

11:00-12:00
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS (CHIARA PEZZANA)

12:00-13:00
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF PROBLEM BEHAVIOR (TROY FRY)

Lunch Break

14:00-16:00
EFL TEACHING MANUAL (TROY FRY) 

16:00-17:00
CASE CONCEPTUALIZATION MODEL

17:00- 17:30
PRACTICE (ONLY IN PERSON)

Troy Fry

TROY FRY

He received his B.A. in Science and Mathematics from North Dakota State University and M.S. degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. Troy attended the University Of Kansas doctorate program in the Department of Human Development and Family life for four years. He has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for the past 25 years. Troy has worked with children and adults with significant developmental disabilities in schools, clinics, hospitals, and residential programs across North America and Europe. Over the years, he has held the positions of teacher, consultant, clinical director, and chief executive officer. He is the second author of Essential for Living, a functional skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner’s handbook based on B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. He is the Associate Director of Training and Consultation Services for Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates, and the second author of Essential for Living.

Publications

Cuvo, A. J., Ashley, K. M., Marso, K. J., Zhang, B. L. and Fry, T. A. (1995). Effect of response practice variables on learning spelling and sight vocabulary. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 28, 155–173.

McGreevy, P., Fry, T. A., and Cornwall, C.  (2012). Essential For Living: A Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Curriculum. Assessment, and Professional Practitioner’s Handbook for Children and Adults with Moderate-to-severe Disabilities. Orlando, FL: Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.

Dr. Chiara Pezzana

Foto Chiara Pezzana - aba for disability

She received M.D (1997) and her speciality in Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (CAP) (2002) From University of Milan.
She was an attendant in Children Psychiatrist Department of Public Health of Novara from 2004 to 2009.
She is the Clinical and Scientific Director of the Center for Autism in Novara (Italy) and she leads a Team of about 50 resources (psychologists, behavior analysts, speech therapists, educators).
She developed a huge experience in the field of behavior analysis, by having the opportunity of being supervised by some of the most important behavior analysts in the field of Autism and Disability as Dr. Patrick McGreevy and Troy Fry. She edited the Italian Version of “Essential For Living”.
She serves on the faculty of the University of Turin where she’s in the Board of the master degree in Behavior Analysis. She’s also part of the board of SIACSA one of the most important  Italian Society of Behavior Analysis.
In the past 20 years Dr. Pezzana worked in the field of Severe Disability and Autism, from diagnosis to pharmacological treatment and supervised several Programs and Agencies.
She is the author of a book on Autism (Understanding Autism), some scientific papers and chapters of books.

Valentina Spagone

Dott.ssa Valentina Spagone

Graduated in clinical psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Milano Bicocca.
She started working in 2009 in the field of autism and intellectual disability and in the same year she started attending the first Italian master in behavior analysis in Italy (Parma, IESCUM).
In 2016 she became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. At the Center for Autism in Novara (ENRICO MICHELI) she deals with implementing and monitoring interventions for children, adolescents and adults with Autism with or without Intellectual Disabilities.
She supervises several Program and Agencies.
She is involved in training in the field of behavior analysis at the University of Turin (where she is also in the Board of the Master) and in other Italian masters in Behavior Analisys (Consorzio Humanitas).
In Italy she is an EFL (Essential for Living) Ambassador.
From 2021 she became Senior Analyst at the Enrico Micheli Center.