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 #W47
CE Offered: None
The ABCs of Consulting in School Districts
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Liberty A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kristen M. Villone, Ed.D.
KRISTEN M. VILLONE (Melmark, Inc.), NOELLE M. GREEN (Bancroft NeuroHealth)
Description: One of the biggest challenges behavior analysts face when consulting in school districts is balancing the role of invited guest with the role of professional with expertise. Based on the experiences of a veteran consultant (with 15 years consulting experience) and a relatively new consultant (with eight years clinical experience), each will offer their unique perspectives on the different strategies and approaches that they have found invaluable.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Describe common types of services most often requested by school districts. Have a better sense of a consultant's role (and how to establish boundaries). Better understand the interpersonal dynamics and contingencies in school districts. Have a �blueprint� of how to set up/conduct classroom observations. Understand the importance of body language, staff perceptions, documentation and communication during classroom observations. Identify/address the primary �client� and/or presenting problem(s). List the types of materials, resources, skills, and training that are beneficial. Learn strategies that builds teamwork and motivates staff when you�re a �visitor� in their �house�. Know �when�, �how�, and �where� to document situations and conversations.
Activities: Participants attending the workshop will receive handouts and will have opportunities to participate in didactic presentations, problem solving discussions, and the exploration of professional and ethical considerations through discussion and presentation of case examples.
Audience: Behavior analysts who are interested in consulting in school districts and have ABA experience consulting/teaching children with developmental disabilities in clinical settings, as well as experience training staff to implement behavioral teaching strategies.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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