Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W56
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Special Education Law and Ethical Issues for Practicing Behavior Analysts
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Columbus Hall KL, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D.
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC)
Description: This day-long workshop will focus on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the issues that practicing behavior analysts should be apprised of. Participants will learn about federal requirements for conducting functional behavioral assessments (FBAs), writing behavior intervention plans, understanding the term “positive behavior supports” as used in the IDEIA, and the requirements for independent educational evaluations (IEE) including FBAs. Information will be linked to the 2016 BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. Information will be provided in lecture format with case studies as examples. The legal and ethical responsibilities of a behavior analyst will be discussed. Time will be allotted for extensive question and answer. Detailed handouts will be provided. Please note: this workshop will apply to United States law only, but all are welcome to attend.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify the major components of the IDEIA; (2) identify the areas of IDEIA that impact the practicing behavior analyst; (3) identify the types of disabilities that behavior analysts may serve under IDEIA; (4) identify the legal requirements of an independent educational evaluation; (5) identify when an FBA must be completed under the IDEIA; (6) identify when a behavioral intervention plan must be developed under the IDEIA; (7) identify how often data must be collected under the IDEIA; (8) describe how the 2016 Professional and Ethical Compliance Code relates to special education law.
Activities: Lecture, discussion, case study analysis, question and answer.
Audience: Practicing behavior analysts, supervisors of practicing behavior analysts, school administrators
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Ethics, Special Education



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