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.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W10
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Intensive Early Intervention: A Comprehensive Staff Training and Management System for Behavior Therapists
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Hong Kong
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute Midwest), KARA L. RIEDESEL (Lovaas Institute Midwest)
Description: In order to deliver effective early intervention services to a child with autism, the staff must possess a complete set of behavior analysis skills. The demands for sophisticated staff skills are extreme, requiring extensive individualization of each child's program. The purpose of this workshop is to identify the comprehensive variety of the required skills and present specific training programs which have been developed and validated to establish these skills and to manage the staff's behavior so that they are used consistently throughout the child's life. A particular challenge is to train staff to use independent clinical judgment and make the dynamic programming decisions on a daily basis that support optimal rates of child behavior development. In addition, the team leaders must possess the skills to organize and maintain consistent staff programming as the child's behavior rapidly develops. The skills necessary in the third year of programming are much more complex and varied than are those in the first year of programming. Dynamic self-feedback systems give the staff daily, weekly, and six-month feedback on the success of their treatment decisions, enabling the most cost-effective therapy for achieving the best outcomes. This workshop will present the competencies needed for effective child behavior therapy, and the methods used to train staff. The workshop will make extensive use of videos of actual staff training activities. The workshop will also present a data-collection system for staff management at the child and programmatic levels.
Learning Objectives: 1) identify a comprehensive array of staff competencies 2) identify effective methods for teaching these competencies 3) identify a system of management to integrate consistent staff behavior across a group of teams 4) identify an evaluation system for staff training 5) identify a system of dynamically self-adjusting staff training 6) identify essential competencies for behavior therapists 7) identify essential competencies for clinical supervisors
Activities: Participants will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and problem-solving sessions. Video models of actual staff training activities will be used extensively. Participants will obtain specific program materials provided by the instructor.
Audience: The workshop is designed for parents, lead therapists, line therapists, consultants, and students. Participants should have a basic understanding of behavioral terms used in intensive early intervention. At least one-month's experience with intensive early intervention is preferable.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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