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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #149
CE Offered: BACB
Perspectives on Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Applied Behavior Analysis Business Model and Work Culture
Saturday, May 28, 2022
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153B
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Molly Ann McGinnis, M.Ed.
Chair: Helena Maguire (Melmark New England)
RITA GARDNER (Melmark New England)
MOLLY ANN MCGINNIS (Butterfly Effects)

Successful and positive ABA companies are built on a strong foundation of intentional Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) design, mutual respect, shared mission, and passion for clinical quality. As the business of behavior analysis is rapidly changing and evolving, this solid foundation must be reinforced to ensure all aspects leading to success. This panel is focused on sharing perspectives, offers research to practice recommendations, and includes operational strategies for building successful service settings and experiences in the field of behavior analysis to improve clinical as well as business outcomes (Luiselli, Gardner, Bird and Maguire, 2021). The panelists will describe how company cultures focused on alignment of company mission and collaborative vision are utilized to improve outcomes. This foundation is imperative to build collective morale and improve employee retention. Ideas will be shared on how to marry OBM practices and clinical knowledge along with business operations to support teams of clinicians and the management systems used to support employees to produce best outcomes for the individuals served. Finally, the panelists will discuss the successes as well as the setbacks, including lessons learned during the pandemic, that have helped shape their leadership styles and management systems.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Prerequisite skills include leadership positions in an ABA company. The audience should be in positions of drving policy and process changes in their organization.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe intentional OBM strategies to support successful clinical and operational outcomes; (2) develop company systems focused on mission and vision to produce best service outcomes and support employees; (3) implement management systems based on current research and best practices to improve staff retention and company morale.
Keyword(s): Business, Leadership, OBM



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