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

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Supplemental Measurement in Behavior Analysis: Strategies to Improve Accountability and Evaluate the Achievement of Ultimate Outcomes for Children and Their Families
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jonathan A. Worcester, Ph.D.
JONATHAN A. WORCESTER (New Tampa Behavioral Health, LLC)
Description: While precise and empirical measurement of the implementation of the independent variable and its corresponding target and replacement behaviors is and will always remain a hallmark of behavior analysis, experts have long discussed the role of social importance and subjective criteria within the field (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968; Wolery, 1994; Wolf, 1978). As the field of behavior analysis continues to expand, so does the need to demonstrate the relevance of its application. Consequently, the purpose of this workshop will be to operationally define and discuss types of objective and subjective supplemental measures available to behavior analysts providing services to children and families (e.g., social validation, parent satisfaction, quality of life, procedural fidelity, positive/negative adult statements). Participants in this workshop will: 1) obtain an exposure to some of the available objective and subjective measures used to document the social importance of behavior change within the context of the child and familys natural environment; 2) review illustrative case examples and their corresponding methods of measurement; and 3) discuss the inclusion of supplemental measures relative to functional assessments and the implementation of functional assessment-based intervention plans.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe the role of �social importance� and subjective criteria within the field. 2. Identify types of objective and subjective supplemental measures behavior analysts can use to demonstrate accountability and support progress toward ultimate outcomes. 3. Define social validation, procedural fidelity, contextual fit, and quality of life. 4. Identify strategies and tools for measuring social validation, procedural fidelity, contextual fit, parent satisfaction, and quality of life. 5. Discuss ways by which supplemental measures may be used within functional assessments and/or their corresponding behavior intervention plans. 6. Discuss the specific strengths and limitations associated with individual supplemental measures. 7. Describe how the inclusion of supplemental measures may be used to enhance the quality of behavior analytic service delivery.
Activities: Participation in this workshop will entail the following: 1. Lecture 2. Discussion/question & answer 3. Brief quiz at end of session to assess acquisition of learning objectives.
Audience: Professionals and students currently engaged in clinical applications of applied behavior analysis with children and families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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