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Positive Behavior Supports

Mike Mayer

Mike Mayer

Mike Mayer was a senior partner of Community Resource Alliance and clinical director of the ACT Process in the state of Illinois. The video interview was conducted February 6, 2013. Mike Mayer passed away on November 16, 2015 at his home in North Carolina.

Tell us about yourself, your education, your background and your current work.
What are national trends across the U.S. in the first part of the 21st Century?
How do positive behavior supports differ from behavior management approaches?
Do you have some advice about behavior issues and first steps that may be taken?
What does “behavior is communication” mean and what are some examples?
What are some things to check if a person is having a behavior issue?
Are seclusion and restraint still considered helpful for changing behavior?
Advice for self advocates/families who know a person being restrained or secluded?
What are other out of date practices that still exist in this country?
What is trauma informed care and why does it matter?
What do you see as the future of behavior supports?
Resources for more information, best practice sites, or experts in the field.

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