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

Program by Professional Development Series Events: Monday, May 30, 2016


Panel #172
PDS: Breaking the Barriers to Inclusion: Educating Students in the General Education Setting
Monday, May 30, 2016
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Regency Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency, Gold West
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Translational
Chair: Kelly Mercorella (Teachers College Columbia University)
R. DOUGLAS GREER (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
JOANN PEREIRA DELGADO (Teachers College, Columbia University)
JENNIFER WEBER (Teachers College, Columbia University)

In the United States, every student has the right to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible. The least restrictive environment, inclusion into the general education setting, allows for students to learn the academic and social repertoires necessary for educational success in the presence of general education peers. However, for students with disabilities, there are many obstacles that prevent them from fully accessing the general education curriculum. The CABAS Accelerated Independent Learner Model (AIL) has identified verbal developmental cups/capabilities and academic literacy skills that increase the likelihood of academic and social success for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting. Through implementing protocols to induce the relevant cusps, capabilities, and skills, the AIL model has created procedures through which students are taught the necessary skills to be successfully included into the general education setting. The purpose of the present discussion is to explain the cusps/capabilities necessary for inclusion, the ways in which students are instructed in order to increase their likelihood of success, and the criterion utilized to allow students access to the general education setting.

Keyword(s): CABAS AIL, Cusps/Capabilities, Elementary Education, Inclusion
Panel #268
PDS: Organizational Behavior Management in Health Care
Monday, May 30, 2016
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Vevey 3 & 4, Swissotel
Area: OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: David Kelley (Florida Institute of Technology)
T. V. JOE LAYNG (Generategy, LLC)
E. SCOTT GELLER (Virginia Tech)
MICHAEL MCCARTHY (Sustain Lean Gains)

This panel discussion includes three presentations that cover different applications of Organizational Behavior Management to issues within the healthcare industry. Some topics that will be covered include the application of Behavior Based Safety to healthcare and using behavioral science to sustain Lean and Six Sigma initiatives.

Panel #331
PDS: Movers and Shakers: What It Takes to Make Meaningful Change
Monday, May 30, 2016
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Montreux, Swissotel
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Translational
Chair: Janie Funk (University of Nevada, Reno)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
SCOTT A. HERBST (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
MARTHA HUBNER (University of São Paulo)

Behavior analysts continue to make great progress in expanding our influence to a variety of domains, though many significant societal issues remain in need of contingency analysis and overhaul. We are presented with the task of re-designing macrocontingencies to facilitate sustainable cultural change. Cultural change will require a host of considerations on behalf of the designers, including not only the analysis of individual behaviors and interlocking behavior contingencies, but also gaining the cooperation of public officials and corporate executives, which may appear a daunting task. This panel consists of a selection of the field's experts who will share their experiences influencing large-scale change. The discussion will prove inspiring and informative for the aspiring mover and shaker.

Keyword(s): cultural behavior, macrocontingency, public policy, social significance
Panel #335
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: I Didn't Learn This in Grad School: What Every BCBA Needs to Know About Opening Their Own Clinic
Monday, May 30, 2016
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Columbus Hall AB, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Other
Chair: Lauren Phillips (University of Houston - Clear Lake)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
DANA B. HARRIS (Spectacular Kids ABA Therapy & Consulting, LLC)
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)

There are many components to starting one's own early-intervention clinic within the field of behavior analysis. Knowing where to start can often be a barrier to effectively allocating one's resources to develop the most successful clinic. Following these initial decisions, it is essential to ensure that the materials developed, and treatments delivered uphold the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Additionally, maintaining compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is crucial to ensure that protected health information of one's clients is appropriately safeguarded. Come learn from experts in the field as they discuss their experiences of opening their own clinics, upholding HIPAA regulations, evaluating problematic derivations from the BACB ethical guidelines, and working on a state licensing board to protect consumers through the enforcement of professional ethical standards.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) determine a good starting point and avoid common errors associated with starting one’s own clinic; (2) evaluate the BACB ethical guidelines, and establish policies that uphold these guidelines; (3) manage the flow of information in a manner that is compliant with HIPAA regulations.
Keyword(s): Clinic Startup, Ethics, HIPAA Compliance



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