Unlocking Safety: The Power of Behavioral Skills Training for CPSTs to Reduce Car Seat Misuse

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT

Join AAAM for an insightful 90-minute webinar on the innovative use of Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to address car seat misuse. Emerging from recent research under the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, this session explores the effectiveness of both in-person and telehealth BST approaches.


Car seat misuse is a critical issue affecting child passenger safety. This webinar delves into the origins, methodology, and applications of BST, providing a comprehensive overview of its training protocol planning status and upcoming opportunities for Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) to participate in BST training development and future BST Continuing Education Units (CEU) classes.

Leading experts and researchers James DeCarli, PhD, MPH, MPA, PGDip, and Megan Aclan, PhD, BCBA-D, will share their insights and experiences. They will discuss the practical applications of BST in reducing car seat misuse and offer valuable resources for CPSTs.

Moderated by Emily Thomas, PhD, CPST, this webinar will also feature a Q&A session, providing attendees the opportunity to engage directly with the experts.

AAAM Members who attended this webinar live were eligible for 1 MCHES/CPS CEU. (The eligibility period for this has passed).

This webinar has already occurred. A recording of it is available for free to AAAM Members and for purchase to AAAM non-members. You can learn more about accessing the recording HERE.



Meet the Moderator

Emily Thomas, PhD, CPST – Manager, Automotive Safety at Consumer Reports.
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Meet the Speakers

headshot of James DeCarli, PhD, MPG, MPA, PGDip, program director at Public Health Behavior Solutions
James DeCarli, PhD, MPH, MPA, PGDip – Program Director at Public Health Behavior Solutions.

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Megan Aclan, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, University of Southern California Adjunct Lecturer

Megan Aclan, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
– Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Southern California

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