Association for Behavior Analysis International

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

CE by Type: BACB


 

Invited Paper Session #1
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Why OBM?

Friday, May 26, 2017
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Aubrey Daniels, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
AUBREY DANIELS (Aubrey Daniels International, Inc.)
Abstract:

I discovered last year that many students studying behavior analysis think that the science is only about autism or other forms of developmental disabilities. In reality BA is about behavior, no matter who is the behaver, where they live or where they work and what they do at work. My presentation will present BA applied to the workplace worldwide, some of the challenges we have encountered in the last 40 years of working with organizations around the world. Our company mission is simple: Change the way the world works. We have not done that yet but are on the trail. You can help.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students; psychologists.

Learning Objectives: Pending.
 
 
Invited Paper Session #2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Using Behavioral Systems Analysis to Improve the Clinical, Administrative, and Supervision Functions in ABA Service Organizations

Friday, May 26, 2017
9:50 AM–10:40 AM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Heather M. McGee, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
HEATHER MCGEE (Western Michigan University)
Abstract:

Continuously increasing demands for ABA services, ever changing and expanding licensure and insurance requirements, and demands for quality supervision provision can be overwhelming for even the most well run organization. However, when organizations fail to anticipate, understand, and balance these variables (and the many others impacting organizational performance), the results can be devastating. This workshop will introduce ways in which organizations can regain control over their systems. The focus of the workshop will be on critical system variables that leaders should identify, measure, and manage to ensure clients receive effective treatment, employees receive effective supervision, and organizations remain financially healthy.

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 critical goals and measures at the business level of the organization; (2) identify cross-functional relationships that affect performance related to organizational goals; (3) identify critical cross-functional goals and measures that will support business level goals and measures.
 
 
Invited Paper Session #3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Supervision

Effective Supervision and Ethics

Friday, May 26, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Manuel Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chair: Manuel Rodriguez (ABA Technologies, Inc.)
DONALD HANTULA (Temple University)
Dr. Donald A. Hantula directs the Decision Making laboratory at Temple University. He specializes in organizational behavior and evolutionary behavioral economics. His work combines behavior analytic, economic, and evolutionary theories to explore the ways in which we adapt to a complex and uncertain world.
Abstract:

Supervising providers of behavioral services effectively has both performance management and ethical implications. In a behavioral perspective, supervision is a reciprocal relationship in which each individual’s behavior influences the other. Effective supervision includes careful task analyses, constructive feedback and goalsetting. Ethical supervision includes attention to individual dignity, collaborative problem solving, and correct and current representation of the underlying science.

Target Audience:

Pending

Learning Objectives: Pending
 
 
Invited Paper Session #4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Building a Sustainable Clinical Safety Culture
Friday, May 26, 2017
11:50 AM–12:40 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Nicholas Weatherly, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
NICHOLAS WEATHERLY (Aubrey Daniels International)
Dr. Nicholas Weatherly is a management consultant with Aubrey Daniels International where he leads their instructional systems projects and consults in a number of areas of business and industry, including banking, manufacturing, sales, and clinical services. Dr. Weatherly is President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Past-President of both the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University's Applied Behavior Analysis Program where his research and studies centered on performance management interventions, behavior-based safety, behavioral systems analysis, and programmed instruction. Prior to joining ADI, Dr. Weatherly spent 5 years as a university professor, conducting research and teaching courses across a variety of areas of experimental and applied behavior analysis. He specializes in coaching systems, organizational assessments, training systems, and performance measurement systems. Over the years, Dr. Weatherly has held advisory roles and served on the board of directors for a number of professional associations, advocacy groups, and service facilities including the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Autism Treatment Association of Minnesota. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and continues to work actively on numerous ethics workgroups and committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Weatherly holds part-time academic appointments with a number of universities including Western Michigan University and the MBA Program at Regis University. He was the inaugural chair of the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, one of the first stand-alone licensing boards for behavior analysis in the country, and continues to stay active in public policy efforts.
Abstract: Clinical settings, as with any organization, face their own set of unique challenges and opportunities. Whether you’re a new clinician or a veteran leader there are going to be some habits you’re trying to get rid of and new habits you’re trying to build. Building safe, ethical, and practical habits in your particular clinical setting can lead to demonstrable value, and ensuring your management systems are sustainable and replicable can change your culture and impact growth. The purpose of this address is to discuss safety in the context of organizational culture and multi-level management solutions, while offering tips for sustainable clinical safety systems.
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students; licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: Pending.
 
 
Invited Paper Session #5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Six Critical Factors to Scale Your Organization With Quality

Friday, May 26, 2017
12:50 PM–1:40 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Donald A. Hantula, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
BRETT DINOVI (Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC)
Abstract:

Behavior analysts are often cogs in the wheels of organizations reporting to executives with a different perspective on how people should be managed using a medical or financial model of leadership. The actions of these organizations often directly contradict core empirically validated behavior analytic principles resulting in high rates of turnover, low employee engagement, and employee dissatisfaction. Scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that people should not be motivated through fear, positive reinforcement should not only be delivered at annual performance reviews, employees and coaches require frequent reciprocal feedback, and goal setting with self-monitoring is a key factor driving peak employee performance. Why is it so difficult to put these principles into practice? What can supervisors do within their scope of influence if they are not the CEO? Why are consultants that are experts in the principles of applied behavior analysis teaching it but not doing it themselves or have no history of doing it? These Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) principles will be discussed to demonstrate how one organization translates the principles into leadership actions that have resulted in a turnover rate less than 3%, scaled growth and revenue that nearly doubles every year, and employee engagement providing meaningful work for more than 300 people.

Target Audience:

pending

Learning Objectives: pending
 
 
Invited Paper Session #6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Evidence-Based Performance Management: Applying Behavioral Science to Support Practitioners

Friday, May 26, 2017
2:40 PM–3:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
FLORENCE DIGENNARO REED (University of Kansas)
Abstract:

Performance management involves the application of behavioral principles to manage the performance of staff. Despite serving as effective change agents for clients, behavior analysts often struggle with motivating and supporting the staff they supervise. This presentation will propose a three-term model for targeting staff behavior, describe evidence-based performance management procedures, and share experimental data and case studies supporting the effectiveness of a behavior analytic approach to staff training and professional development.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students; psychologists.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe why targeting staff performance is important; (2) identify and describe the components of behavioral skills training and an evidence-based approach to performance management of staff; (3) discuss results of studies evaluating the components of behavioral skills training.
 
 
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)
Abstract:

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.
 
 
Invited Panel #8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Executive Perspective in Health and Human Services
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:40 PM–5:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
CE Instructor: Donald A. Hantula, Ph.D.
Panelists: ROBYN CATAGNUS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), RITA GARDNER (Melmark), JANE HOWARD (Therapeutic Pathways; The Kendall Centers), LINDA LEBLANC (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting LLC)
Abstract:

Organizational behavior management is celebrating decades of applied work across industries, countries, and performance challenges. From time to time, its always a good idea to gather the perspective of the consumer of our work, namely the executives who sponsor, lead and own the outcomes of OBM efforts. We are honored to provide such a perspective by bringing executives from various human service organizations together to share their thoughts as consumers, practitioners, and leaders of OBM methodologies to make a positive difference in their organizations.

Target Audience:

Pending

Learning Objectives: Pending
ROBYN CATAGNUS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Robyn M. Catagnus, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LBS, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level and has been teaching online since 2009. She has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in autism, behavior disorders, early intervention, special education, and positive behavior supports. As a consultant in home, residential, and educational settings, she clinically supervised cases, created staff trainings, conducted workshops, and presented professional development events. Dr. Catagnus has presented nationally at conferences on a variety of ABA topics and was the founder of Clarity Behavioral Consulting, a special education service agency that provided training, support and supervision to school programs and parents of children with developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. She built, developed and directed the respected, fast-growing private consulting firm from the ground up, consistently improving and expanding to a 60-employee operation before Clarity was purchased by the Pennhurst Group, LLC, where she served as interim VP of Business Development. Next, she served as the Vice President of Professional Services at an education technology company specializing in online curriculum and staff training for 500+ school districts serving children with autism. Her current appointment is Associate Professor and Chair of the Online campus of the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The Department offers an ABA Certificate, M.S. in ABA, and an innovative online Ph.D. in ABA. Dr. Catagnus is a member of the Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, a reviewer for the APA journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Diversity in Behavior Analysis section, and a member of the editorial Board for The Behavior Analyst, the flagship journal of ABAI. She is also the Former Founding President Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts, a special interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis. The purpose of MultiABA is to connect behavior analysts who have an interest or experience in serving multicultural/minority populations, whether they be ethnic, religious, geographic, or socio-economic by promoting the worldwide advancement of multicultural issues through ABA. Her professional interests include online instruction, international dissemination of behavior analysis, and clinical supervision of pre-service behavior analysts. Her research interests include remote clinical supervision, class-wide interventions, cultural competency in behavior analysis, online teaching and professional development, mindfulness for educators, and the intersection of positive psychology and behavior analysis.
RITA GARDNER (Melmark)
Before being named President and CEO of Melmark in October 2015, Ms. Gardner served as Executive Director of Melmark New England, based in Andover, Massachusetts and founded in 1998 as a division of Melmark, Inc. Ms. Gardner, Frank L. Bird, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Peter J. Troy, Executive Vice President and Helena Maguire, Senior Director of School Services (currently Executive Director) led the development of Melmark New England, which offers approved school, after-school and residential programs, adult day and adult residential programs, public school consultation and family outreach services to more than 500 children and their families each year. In the role as Executive Director, Ms. Gardner focused on fiscal prudence, leading Melmark New England to become one of the most nationally acclaimed providers of behavior analytic services to children and adults with severe challenging behaviors. Ms. Gardner earned her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University’s School of Public Health in the School of Medicine majoring in Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Administration. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in May 2002. Rita has devoted over 30 years of her professional career to the field of community-based services for children and adults with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injuries, neurological disorders and severe challenging behaviors. Ms. Gardner has been involved in the organization, design, development and implementation of over 50 community-based programs for children and adults. She has written articles for professional journals and made a number of presentations on topics including program expansion, organizational behavior management and transitioning students with brain injury back to the community. Ms. Gardner has provided project consultation to the Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care (PACC), under the direction of the Chief of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, Boston. In addition, Rita has provided organizational consultation to a program for children with Asperger’s Syndrome at McLean Hospital and the Crossroads Center for Children, a school for children with autism. Prior to her work at Children’s Hospital, Rita directed the service center of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services for The May Institute. The center serves children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries and includes residential services, a day school, school consultation and home-based family training. Ms. Gardner’s legislative advocacy efforts include involvement in the establishment of the Autism Medicaid Waiver through the Massachusetts Division of Autism. She also sits on advisory committees with the Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) and Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM). She is an Advisory Board member to Autism Speaks, a founding Board member of the national Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). She is an appointed member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Autism Commission. She serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private School (MAAPS), which slates her for President of the Board in two years. Her most recent legislative involvement has been advocating for licensure of Board Certified Behavior Analysts in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Autism Omnibus Bill.
JANE HOWARD (Therapeutic Pathways; The Kendall Centers)
Jane Howard, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst–doctoral level (BCBA-D) and a licensed psychologist (California). In 1996 Dr. Howard co-founded Therapeutic Pathways and The Kendall Centers and currently serves as their Chief Executive Officer. Located in California, these agencies currently provide behavior analytic treatment to pediatric and adolescent populations, including comprehensive, intensive intervention to more than 400 individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Howard is Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California, where she taught graduate courses in behavior analysis and child clinical psychology. While at the University she founded The Center for Direct Instruction, an on-campus clinic for children with a range of behavioral and academic needs. Dr. Howard co-authored the textbook Human Behavior: Analysis and Application with Ellen Reese. Her research been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is lead author on two widely cited outcome studies comparing different treatments for autism. Dr. Howard has made numerous presentations at international conferences in China, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Latvia, Romania, and Poland. Dr. Howard has also served on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and is the Past President of its Board of Directors. She is also one of the founding members of The Council of Autism Service Providers and sits on its Board.
LINDA LEBLANC (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting LLC)
 
 
Special Event #9
CE Offered: BACB
Organizational Showcase and Roundtable
Friday, May 26, 2017
6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
A unique part of our conference is our organizational showcase, where leaders of various human service organizations will discuss applications of OBM in their organizations. Employee retention, training and development, service integrity, customer satisfaction, and growth are just a few business areas these professionals have faced, and will come together to share their thoughts on OBM applied in human services. The organizations to be featured include: BACA PBS Melmark Easter Seals of Southern California AS Comprehensive Autism of Virginia DiNovi and Associates World Evolve Trumpet Behavioral Health Therapeutic Pathways
 

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