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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB
Strategies in Developing and Operating a Successful Applied Behavior Analysis Business for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W187ab (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Rany Thommen, M.Ed.
REBECCA RYAN (Sandbox ABA), GIA VAZQUEZ ORTEGA (Blossom Center for Children), RANY THOMMEN (ABA Today), Jennifer Crawford (Crawford Strategies)
Description: This workshop will identify major areas needed to develop and run a successful ABA practice, including multiple business models such as solo practices, home-based services, clinics, and consultations. Specific topics will review development of a business model and plan, legal issues involved, client development and retention, and therapist onboarding.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) identify areas required for drafting a needs assessment, including market analysis and cost analysis; (2) identify essential components in the development of a business plan; (3) identify ethical rules related to running a business; (4) identify legal rules and regulations related to a business, including differentiating various legal regimes and how they affect business planning; (5) identify strategies to market your business for the purpose of recruiting your clients; (6) identify intake procedures that allow for clarity of services and diminished client stress; (7) identify strategies to promote client satisfaction with an eye on retention; (8) identify strategies to promote staff onboarding and staff training; and (9) identify strategies for promoting staff retention over time.
Activities: Lecture, discussion, small group break-out.
Audience: BACB certificants, practicing behavior analysts, supervisors of practicing behavior analysts, administrators of ABA practices.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism services, business development, client development, therapist training

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