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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Consultation to Schools
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Jonathan Tarbox, Ph.D.
MICHAEL M. MUELLER (Southern Behavioral Group, Inc.), AJAMU NKOSI (Southern Behavioral Group, Inc.)
Description: Behavior analytic consultation to schools (BACS) is the first behavior analytic model of school consultation. The BACS is specifically designed for severe or destructive behaviors in school settings. The BACS is an expert-led, rather than a teacher-training, model of consultation and follows a series of best-practice steps derived from the empirical applied behavior analysis (ABA) literature. Where all other models of school consultation rely on didactic verbal training aimed at teacher implementation of behavioral strategies, the BACS model has as a core belief that behavior analysts should be the ones providing behavior analytic services. BACS includes functional behavior assessment (FBA), functional analysis (FA), treatment selection, treatment analysis, teacher training, evaluation of teacher implemented treatment, generalization analyses, and social validity assessments. Overviews of each step, video examples, and hands-on training will be used. Discussions of related topics will include ethics, current behavioral practices in schools, professionalism, working with teams, and other various other issues related to providing best practice ABA in schools.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to do the following: 1. compare and contrast existing models of school consultation; 2. pinpoint weakness in existing teacher training models of consultation; 3. conduct a functional behavior assessment; 4. conduct a functional analysis in a public school; 5. choose a behavioral intervention based on the results of an FBA or FA; 6. evaluate the effectiveness of a selected treatment; 7. train staff using methods that lead to high treatment integrity by the trainee; 8. evaluate teacher implemented treatments; 9. conduct and evaluate generalization analysis such as teacher implemented treatments in the referral environment; 10. conduct assessments of social validity data and use the outcomes of such assessments for future treatment planning.
Activities: Activities will include lecture, discussion, handouts, video segements, and practice of real time data recording techniques.
Audience: Behavior analysts working in schools, behavior analysts consulting with public schools, school teachers and administrators, and anyone who might even consider practicing applied behavior analysis in public school settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced

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