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OBM in Health and Human Services Conference; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Scaling Up Autism Intervention Programs with Organizational Behavior Management

Friday, May 26, 2017
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Mark R. Dixon, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
MARK DIXON (Southern Illinois University)

Almost two decades of national credentialing of behavior analysts coupled with an exponential rise in the need for treatments of persons with autism, have resulted in organizational behavior analysts standing at the doorstep of endless opportunities by which to enhance these clinical practices. However, in order to truly succeed, OBM will need to be more contemporary than simple reinforcement contingencies, feedback delivery, and even behavioral skills training. This presentation will showcase a series of interventions which done just this - scale up the effectiveness of staff within such treatment programs, empower teachers within autism (and non-autism) classrooms in public schools to greater value their jobs, and develop system-wide interventions to promote sound financial and clinical practices. Together these studies suggest that a contemporary OBM which embodies a contemporary research-to-practice approach can have great utility within a variety of human service settings where client outcomes are just as important as the monetary bottom-line.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students; licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the factors that have led to great opportunities for OBM researchers and practitioners in the area of autism service delivery; (2) describe a series of contemporary behavioral approaches to assisting autism service agencies; (3) create a research and practice agenda for using OBM in autism care facilities and school settings.



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