Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) skin shock "torturers" offered Applied Behavioural Analysts (ABAs) $85,000+ to work in its 2015 so-called "happy environment."

According to its Program Book (ABA, 2005, p. 15) of the Chicago Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, currently the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) was offering behavior analytical PhD's $85,000+ to work in their so-called "happy, motivated environment."

However, the United Nations calls it a school of electroshock "torture." At least six "students" have died there.

In 2015 ABAI "approved" JRC as being "aligned" with its "mission."

Upon autistic and mentally ill children and adults this Canton, Massachusetts institution uses extremely painful electric skin shock with a "a device that emits 45.5 milliamps of electricity — a shock more than 15 times as powerful as the stun belts designed to incapacitate violent adult prisoners." They shock them contingent upon "non-compliance" - their getting out of a chair without teacher permission (FDA hearing, p. 144) , disrupting "classroom" lessons, aggression (which JRC staff members indubitably provoke, blogger note), and self-injury (such as popping one's own pimples.)

In 2009 Michelle Dawson, autistic researcher, blogged that Dr. Israel admitted to JRC's use of shock pain for disobedience and classroom disruption in front of Applied Behavior Analysts at an ABAI symposium. (Download ABAI event #403.) Ostensibly, a JRC client would disobey his teacher as a precursor to attacking him, so JRC is justified in shocking noncompliance, according to Dick Malott, past president of ABAI and JRC Board of Directors member. (Phone conversation, Malott to this blogger, 2015)

At the 2005 Chicago Convention, JRC founder, Matthew Israel spoke to the behavioral scientists at a smoking cessation symposium (ABA, 2005, p. 117). However, behavior analysts could not earn Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) continuing education credits by listening to (Dr. Hurt) (ABA, 2005, p. 8, 9, 117). Over the span of three full days, from May 28 to May 30, JRC personnel discussed their techniques during fourteen international poster sessions they showed the behavior analysts at the convention (ABA, 2005, pp. 6, 124-274).

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