Stop the Shock—The Judge Rotenberg Center and Aversive Interventions

Robyn Linscott

A brief history on the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts and their use of electric shock devices for behavior modification. The session will also briefly touch on other aversive interventions used around the nation including: restraint and seclusion and corporal punishment. The session will also explore the decades-long fight to ban the use of the electric shock device, including current efforts.

Learning Goals:
Participants will be able to identify the aversive interventions used by The Judge Rotenberg Center, explain why there is no evidence base to support the practice, and summarize the advocacy efforts to ban the device.

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