Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Panel #231
The Behavior Analyst - Alone Again, Naturally: Forging Alliances in the Community
Sunday, May 27, 2007
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Molly AB
Area: DEV/TPC; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Noel A. Crooks (Florida International University)
EMILY BRANSCUM (Behavior/Solutions International)
JENNIFER D. RUSSELL (Ideal Behavioral Services, Inc.)
DEBORAH LEE SAFKO (Infinite Personal Possibilities)
TARA M. SHEEHAN (Florida International University)
Abstract: The principles and theories of behavior analysis have been successfully applied in the community as evidenced by the significant improvements in the quality of life of many of the consumers we serve. Given these valuable contributions, it is clear that there is an on-going need for dialogue to facilitate a more successful partnership between the behavior analysts and the caregivers, service providers, and state agencies that coordinate the supports of persons with disabilities. What seems to be missing is a general framework that efficiently communicates the integration of our professional values and ethical guidelines with the practical needs of the consumer. To help promote the work of the practicing behavior analyst to a much broader audience, this panel will provide a series of vignettes illustrating successful relationships that have been forged in the community while implementing behavior analytic treatment strategies that have been successfully trained and executed by parents, extended family members, other direct caregivers, and teachers within the home, school and community settings. In addition, future directions with regards to an interdisciplinary approach to treatment interventions while preserving the integrity of our fundamental scientific assumptions are also addressed.



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