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

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: BACB — 
Implementing Effective Competency-Based Parent and Caregiver Training
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Montreux 3, Swissotel
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Gail Clifford, M.S.
GAIL CLIFFORD (Advances Learning Center), WENDY GREENHALGH (Advances Learning Center), GINA FUGAZZOTTO (Advances Learning Center), KATHERINE A. JOHNSON (Advances Learning Center), GINETTE WILSON BISHOP (Advances Learning Center)
Description: The importance of generalizing effective behavioral support strategies and techniques to parents and caregivers of clients with challenging behaviors is critical. Providing an effective and successful training model for teaching parents and caregivers to implement these strategies with competence and fluency can promote the generalization of these strategies.This workshop will present a competency-based parent/caregiver training model. The components include a social validity rating scale to measure the parent/caregiver’s interest relative to topics in ABA, pre-test and post-test measures of relevant skills, didactic instruction, modeling and role-plays of appropriate techniques for responding to challenging behavior, procedural integrity data collection on the implementation of skills practiced during role-plays, and performance feedback. Hands-on activities for each component will be included, along with strategies for individualization of both content and pacing, and for utilizing data-based programming decisions to ensure optimal success and effectiveness.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) develop individualized, competency-based parent training models based on specific client profiles; (2) effectively utilize teaching strategies, including lecture, modeling, role-play, and performance feedback when educating parents/caregivers of clients with ASD and developmental disabilities; ( 3) develop a data collection system to accurately record procedural integrity of parent/caregiver implementation of behavior support strategies; (4) design user-friendly behavior support guidelines for parents/caregivers; (5) implement data-based decision-making strategies relative to ongoing content and pace of instruction.
Activities: Learning objectives will be met by alternating between lecture, discussion, and small group activities including role plays.
Audience: The intended audience includes: BCBAs who design and implement parent/caregiver training; teachers, SLPs, behavioral instructors, or therapists who implement parent/caregiver training under BCBA supervision;anyone interested in developing effective parent/caregiver training models for clients and their families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Competency-Based Training, Generalization, Parent Training, Social Validity



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