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 #W44
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Applications of OBM Strategies in Service Settings for Individuals with Autism: Promoting Quality Outcomes
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Learning Center
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Daphna El-Roy, Ph.D.
DAPHNA EL-ROY (Eden II Programs), EILEEN HOPKINS (Eden II Programs), JOANNE GERENSER (Eden II Programs)
Description: The incidence with autism has grown considerably in the past ten years. In order to meet the needs of this growing population, there has been a corresponding growth in the development of programs serving individuals with autism. While these programs are essential to meet the needs of the autism community, issues of attracting, training, and retaining a qualified workforce becomes very difficult. In addition to the competition among autism service providers, these agencies must also compete with the employment opportunities that are less stressful and less demanding than working with individuals with autism. There have been a large number of articles and books published on the effectiveness of using the principles of applied behavior analysis to change behavior. The use of applied behavior analysis has been widely supported for the treatment and education of children with autism. Despite the widespread use of behavior teaching techniques in special education, few providers apply these same principles to address staff behavior change and organizational change. Organizational behavior management (OBM) is the application of behavior analysis to organizational improvement (Abernathy & Harshbarger, 2002). The field of organizational behavior management provides us with an empirically validated, data based framework to impact employee performance, professional development as well as overall organizational health. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of organizational behavior management techniques to address common issues within the field of human services and more specifically to programs serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Topics to be addressed include issues of staff retention and turnover, staff development, and issues of quality assurance and improvement. Data will be presented on different organizational interventions along with details on these specific interventions.
Learning Objectives: ? Understand basic principles of OBM as applied to autism service settings ? Apply a variety of assessment techniques to identify program strengths, weaknesses and areas in need of improvement ? Become familiar with components of a quality improvement plan and strategies for implementation ? Become familiar with data collection procedures and strategies for evaluation the efficacy of quality improvement strategies and plans
Activities: Activities include didactic instruction and small group work. Participants will be given sample plans and assessment tools
Audience: Program administrators, clinical supervisors and other related professionals
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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