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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #523
SkillCorps and Sustainability
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Columbus Hall GH, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: AUT/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Sara Costello (Global Autism Project)
MICHELLE L ZUBE (Caldwell College)
AMBAR PICAZO (Private Practice)
CASSIE HARDEN (Global Autism Project)

SkillCorps is differentiated from "voluntourism" with two components. The first distinguishing trait is that only highly skilled professionals with relevant expertise in ABA are accepted to travel with SkillCorps. Professionals with knowledge of applied behavior analysis, including line therapists and paraprofessionals may be accepted into SkillCorps. At least one BCBA is present for each trip. The diversity of professionals ensures that training provided by SkillCorps is relevant to all staff members serving at local centers both highly trained and others who have recently entered the field. Secondly, SkillCorps training is sustainable. SkillCorps training trip consists of two-weeks of intensive en-vivo training, which often includes parent and community workshops. With 2-3 training trips per year, clinical continuity is maintained through the weekly clinical follow-up with local partners including data evaluation, video sampling, and discussion pertinent to training. Through the continued follow-up training advances between trips, creating a lasting, meaningful, and targeted change for the local clinicians receiving training. This panel discussion highlights the components that make SkillCorps unique within the field of applied behavior analysis and in the nonprofit community.

Keyword(s): autism, international development, training, volunteer programs



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