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Volume 36 | Issue 3 | Summer 2011 | “Pushing Forward: The Continuing Fight to End the Use of Aversives, Restraints, and Seclusion"

The following articles are authored by professionals who are “in the trenches” of the cutting edge issues dealing with aversives, restraints, and seclusion. First, Dina Traniello and Matthew Engel, will discuss efforts to end the use of contingent electric shock and other aversives at a facility in Massachusetts, and how is it that these practices have continued in this commonwealth. Then, Pat Amos will share her perspective on the legislation that has already passed the house and is in the Senate (S 2860). Next Laurie Ahern and Eric Rosenthal, from Mental Disability Rights International, share the heart of the letter petitioning the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to investigate the use of contingent electric skin shock in Massachusetts. Fourth, Fredda Brown and Jackie Anderson share the recently developed PBS Standards of Practice of the Association for Positive Behavior Supports (APBS).


  • Dina A. Traniello and Matthew Engel, Advocacy to Stop the Use of Contingent Electric Shock: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Pat Amos, Eliminating Aversives, Restraint, and Seclusion: Evolving TASH Strategies.
  • Laurie Ahern and Eric Rosenthal, Torture Not Treatment. 
  • Fredda Brown and Jackie Anderson, Standards of Practice for Positive Behavior Supports.
  • Lou Brown, Thoughts About Aversive Treatments of Children With Disabilities.