Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Panel #359
CE Offered: BACB
Positive Behavioral Support and Applied Behavior Analysis: Is there a necessary distinction?
Monday, May 29, 2006
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Centennial Ballroom III
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: David A. Celiberti, Ph.D.
Chair: David A. Celiberti (Private Practice)
JAMES E. CARR (Western Michigan University)
GLEN DUNLAP (University of South Florida)
GINA GREEN (San Diego State University)
LEN LEVIN (Coyne & Associates)

For the last 15 years, the field has witnessed much interest in the area of Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) as reflected by conference events, published literature, and the formation of the PBS SIG. This burgeoning interest has been met with concerns about the need for a new school of thought, the potential for misconceptions and schisms to arise, and the extent to which PBS actually falls under the umbrella of ABA. In recent years, there have been a few attempts to address the relationship between Positive Behavioral Support and Applied Behavior Analysis. Unfortunately, some of these discussions have been not been constructive, were often one sided, and may even be perceived as contentious. This topic deserves a professional and balanced dialogue. To that end, the panel will tackle this critically important matter and be comprised of individuals with rather divergent perspectives.




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