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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Symposium #503
Applied Behavior Analysis for Everyone: Exploring Additional Avenues
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
2:00 PM–3:50 PM
Columbus Hall CD, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Tom Buqo (Brohavior)
Discussant: Mark Malady (Institute of Meaningful Instruction)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis can be utilized to affect a wide range of socially significant behaviors across a diverse number of populations. This symposium seeks to address additional areas, practices, and populations that can benefit from applied behavior analysis, and the ways in which behavior analysts can find themselves in these fields. Populations as diverse as behavioral health, adults seeking self-management assistance, and exceptional students will be discussed. The presenters will discuss their own work in diversifying the recipients of applied behavior analysis, as well as future directions to be pursued. Historical, legal, and ethical barriers to applied behavior analysis in a variety of domains will be addressed, as well as introducing avenues by which behavior analysts can enter and improve other fields using the science of human behavior. This symposium will explore a number of diverse domains in which behavior analysis can work to improve the lives of a number of populations by affecting socially significant behaviors.
Keyword(s): behavior therapy, gifted education, life coaching
A Helping Hand: Psychotherapy as the Behaviorist Views It
TOM BUQO (Brohavior)
Abstract: While many of the current evidence-based therapies have an origin in behavioral philosophy, behavior analysts have been barred from administering behavior therapy due to legal and professional issue. Despite the increase in popularity of second and third wave behavior therapies, behavior analysts are increasingly removed from the world of psychotherapy at the levels of both research and practice. This presentation will address the history of behavior therapy as well as the current state of clinical behavioral health, including both the professional climate and the proliferation of various helping professions. Barriers to behavior analysts seeking to enter psychotherapeutic fields will be addressed, including both the number of other helping professions as well as legal and educational issues that prevent behavior analysts from entering these fields. Alternative avenues and professions outside of the traditional role of behavior analysts in this field will be provided, including a discussion of their professional and educational requirements. Potential future directions for behavior analysts seeking to enter these helping professions will be discussed.
Ongoing Data Analysis as a Means of Informing Clinical Decision-Making
BRET JORGENSEN (High Sierra Industries), Stuart M. Law (University of Nevada, Reno), Alexandros Maragakis (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Behavior analytic principles and theory have become more widely accepted within evidence-based therapies, as the behavioral features of Cognitive Behavior Therapy have been instrumental in positive clinical outcomes. However, many of the measures utilized as to whether or not a given therapy or treatment is effective do not measure direct behavioral outcomes. For example, self-report measures such as the Beck Depression Inventory remain the “gold standard” for many therapies. These therapeutic approaches may benefit from looking more closely at rates of socially relevant behavior such as recidivism, substance abuse etc. as well as positive behavior targets both within and outside of the therapeutic context. Further, ideal behavioral practices put clinicians in touch with data as the treatment progresses in lieu of just pre and post measures. This symposium will discuss how behavioral measurement may more readily accompany behavioral assumptions given therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Functional Analytic Psychoanalysis. Case examples and rationale are also discussed. Lastly, the presenter will contend that standardized systems of measurement and rate of response may represent a step in the right direction for informing clinical psychologists regarding treatment efficacy and to bring more contiguity between clinical decision-making and data analysis.

Life Coaching With Applied Behavior Analysis: Teaching Someone to Be Their Own Behavior Analyst


Applied behavior analysis is oftentimes synonymous with a treatment for autism. Our field often encourages its members to branch out of this pigeonhole and apply our science to new areas and diverse populations. This presentation is about an attempt to answer that call. A life coach is someone who, in one way or another, coaches or provides encouragement or guidance to his or her client on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. The current author saw life coaching as a perfect opportunity to apply the theoretical approach of applied behavior analysis as well as data based decision-making. Based largely on Schwartz and Goldiamonds constructional approach to clinical casework, he has been providing life-coaching services to clients facing a variety of career and personal life challenges. This presentation will provide an overview of what life coaching is, detail the specifics of the approach used, the barriers encountered, and the similarities and differences between life coaching and center-based ABA services.


Exploring Tomorrow: Behavior Analysis Meets Gifted and Talented Education

RYAN LEE O'DONNELL (Institute of Meaningful Instruction), Mark Malady (Institute of Meaningful Instruction), Bryan Hallauer (High Sierra Industries/WARC), Brendan James Bohr (Brohavior)

Over the past 20 years, there has been a renewed interest in designing educational environments that lead to various practical outcomes for learners. Educational endeavors may be conceptualized as falling within several categories: formal public education, formal private education, independent studies, athletic activities, musical activities, and day-to-day learning through an individual's life. In the past decade, the creation of individual learning opportunities through internet-based applications increased. Behavior analysis, historically aligned with formulating instructional design methods, can lend a helping hand to create meaningful educational opportunities for people of varying ages and ability. A recent startup in Reno, Nevada launched an online service for exceptional students called Exploring Tomorrow (ET). ET is a 4-week online course that teaches achievement through goal selection and measurement relative to each parent-student dyad's unique situation, interests, and values. The person-centered curriculum leads participants through a guided conversation about what is truly meaningful and aligning everyday life with those things. Upon course completion, participants will have objective, self-generated data that can be used to create a path towards future aspirations and the tools to set new goals, change current goals, and monitor progress. The ET program will be overviewed and future directions will be discussed.




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