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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W53
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELLED: “Doing” On-Site BCBA Assessments: Packaging Informant, Setting, and Behavioral Information For Client and Caregiver
Friday, May 22, 2009
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
North 222 AB
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Rebecca MacDonald, Ph.D.
THOMAS L. SHARPE (Educational Consulting, Inc.), Wayne S. Robb (ARC of Indian River County), John Koperwas (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
Description: The primary challenge for BCBAs and a variety of professional caregivers lies in the ethical and practical observation, data collection, and evaluation of therapeutic settings with a view toward effective treatment. To ensure the continual improvement in service provision, the appropriate diagnosis of client treatment for therapeutic gain, and the ongoing effectiveness of primary caregiver practice; a variety of important professional decision making activities must be undertaken. To facilitate these undertakings, this workshop will first present information in the practical “unpacking” behavior analysis technologies useful to client treatment, and founded in ethical practices. Next, hands-on application of a variety of time, cost, and resource efficient ways of collecting, analyzing, and packaging informant, setting, and descriptive data will be provided. Focus will be grounded in foundational biological, historical, and social validation variables important to ensuring the success of client treatment. Participants will leave this workshop with the information, materials, and tool recommendations necessary for ethically and practically collecting, packaging, and utilizing information in ways that most effectively and efficiently facilitate activities that lead to effective behavioral programming. Participants will be provided with a complimentary copy of workshop presentation, example materials, and software-based data collection and analysis tools, on CD ROM.
Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will exit with a conversant and applied knowledge of a range of behavior analysis applications relevant to their particular client and caregiver situations. Competencies will be grounded in the ethical and practical concerns general to doing applied assessments in structured BCBA and BCABA professional environments. Describe and discuss important ethical considerations when evaluating client and caregiver situations and recommending treatment. Identify a variety of biological, historical, and social validation variables that impact on treatment success. Deconstruct and “unpack” behavior technologies useful to client treatment in setting specific situations. Collect, analyze, and package informant, setting, and descriptive data for the purpose of making client treatment and caregiver activity recommendations. Generate a variety of behavioral records that include sensitivity to contextual, environmental, and sequential contingencies that impact undesirable and desirable behaviors.
Activities: Activities for participants include the following: Discussion and review of the ethical and social validation considerations of implementing behavioral treatments. Discussion and identification practice of biological and historical variables in specific settings. Conversation over the deconstruction of behavioral technologies in lay and professional practice terms. Hands-on data collection, analysis, and packaging methods to ensure practical familiarity. Discussion of data-based treatment recommendation activities.
Audience: Advanced graduate students, new professionals, and behavior analysts working in a broad spectrum of hands on client and caregiver services from a BCBA, BCABA, or aspiring BACB certificant role – all interested in gathering additional information and becoming more conversant from an applied perspective in their ongoing assessment, behavior planning, and service provision activities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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