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.

30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: None
Intensive Early Intervention: A Comprehensive Staff Training System for Behavior Therapists
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Back Bay B
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Eric V. Larsson, Ed.D.
ERIC V. LARSSON (Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention), KARA L. RIEDESEL (Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention)
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 purpose of this workshop is to identify the comprehensive variety of required skills and present specific training programs that 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 program. 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. 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: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to identify: A comprehensive array of staff competencies. Effective methods for teaching these competencies. A system of management to integrate consistent staff behavior across a group of teams. An evaluation system for staff training. A system of dynamically self-adjusting staff training. Essential competencies for behavior therapists. Essential competencies for clinical supervisors.
Activities: .
Audience: 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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