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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W43
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Application of OBM Strategies in Service Settings for Individuals with Autism: Promoting Quality Outcomes
Friday, May 27, 2005
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
4D (4th floor)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Daphna El-Roy, Ph.D.
DAPHNA EL-ROY (Eden II Programs), JOANNE GERENSER (Eden II Programs)
Description: The past decade has seen a considerable growth in the incidence of autism and a corresponding 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 programs serving individuals with autism, these agencies must also compete with employment opportunities that are less stressful and less demanding than working with individuals with autism. There have been hundreds of articles and many 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 behavioral teaching techniques in the field of special education, few providers apply these same principles to address staff behavior change. Organizational behavior management (OBM), also referred to as Performance Management (PM), is the application of applied 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 and how to utilize behavior management techniques to address common issues within the field of human services and more specifically, to programs serving individuals with autism. Topics to be addressed include issues of staff retention and turnover, staff development as well as issues of quality assurance and improvement.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to: - Understand basic principles of organizational Behavior Management 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 evaluating efficacy of quality improvement efficacy plan.
Activities: Activities include didactic instruction and small group work. Participants will be given various sample plans and assessment tools for review.
Audience: Program administrators, clinical supervisors and other related professionals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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