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.

36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Program by Professional Development Series Events: Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Panel #41
CE Offered: BACB
Professional Development Series: Teaching Behavior Skills—From the Trainer to the Technician
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon F (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Caio Miguel, Ph.D.
Chair: Melissa Nosik (University of Nevada, Reno)
W. LARRY WILLIAMS (University of Nevada, Reno)
TERESA A. RODGERS (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities)
MIKE R. STOUTIMORE (Missouri Department of Mental Health)
Abstract: A critical element to the effectiveness of any behavior analytic intervention is implementation. There are many variables related to training that influence the level of implementation integrity of any behavior program. Behavior analysts have focused on teaching strategies that produce acquisition and generalization of skills from a teaching environment to the natural environment. There are training techniques and packages which have been effective in producing good outcomes in learners at the level of parents and staff. These will be discussed. An additional area of importance is the training of trainers. Individuals who conduct training in behavior analytic skills are repeatedly guilty of teaching a new behavior without developing and implementing a plan to facilitate its maintenance and generalization. We will discuss different methods of training the trainers to be more effective in their approaches to training. Although we have found some effective methods for teaching behavior skills, we still fail to implement these on a regular basis due to financial and time constraints. Panelists will discuss innovative methods to deliver effective training while minimizing these constraints. Suggestions for future research will be offered.
Panel #46
Professional Development Series: Behavior Analysis Student Groups: Progress, Events, and Ideas from Current Presidents
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:00 PM–3:20 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Aimee Meier (The Chicago School, Los Angeles)
EDUARDO AVALOS (California State University, Fresno)
ANTONIO M. HARRISON (The Chicago School, Los Angeles)
LAUREN HOPKINS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
LILLIE WILSON (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Abstract: Panelists will discuss the experiences and progress of their school's student group or club. From volunteering to fundraisers to conventions, the presidents will share successes and struggles their group has encountered over the past year and invite questions from attendees.
Panel #50
Professional Development Series: Looking Forward: Applications of Behavior Analysis in a Changing and Troubled World
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
201 (CC)
Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: A. Catania, Ph.D.Ph.D.
Chair: Lisa A. Sennott (Special School District of St. Louis County)
JANET ELLIS (University of North Texas)
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute)
BRUCE A. THYER (Florida State University)
Abstract: An uncertain yet hopeful world looks for solutions to the major social problems of our times. As behavior analysts we have a choice: observe existing contingencies maintaining faulty cultural practices or use our knowledge of behavior and environmental determinants to establish new interlocking contingencies that will maintain beneficial practices. Many behavior analysts are already applying their knowledge to improve treatment selection and assessment of social work practice outcomes, help educators develop effective classroom management skills in public schools, develop and evaluate community-wide interventions to prevent tobacco, and other drug use, and reduce the prevalence of aggressive social behavior, as well as other youth problem behaviors. Perhaps others would contribute their time, energy, and knowledge to solving these problems if they were able to see how members of different disciplines can work cooperatively in the application of operant principles to effect cultural change. Taking time out from the front lines of cultural design, three experts on large-scale change offer their thoughts on and methodologies employed in changing cultural practices. Their experiences promise to inspire, as well as to demonstrate that the successful application of our science to larger social problems is possible and necessary to achieve large-scale social change.
Panel #56
Professional Development Series: Behavior Analysis Around the World: No Boundaries
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:30 PM–3:50 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Amy Durgin (Western Michigan University)
VICCI TUCCI (Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.)
JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy)
JO CLAUDIO TODOROV (Universidade Católica de Goiás)
Abstract: The globalization of behavior analysis continues to grow as evidenced by the number of individual members and affiliate chapters of ABAI outside of the United States that have doubled over the past decade. Today there are over thirty countries represented within the organization, many of which have developed their own international affiliate chapters and regional meetings. Many of these have even begun their own peer-reviewed publications in behavior analysis. However, behavior analysis is more than a developing field. It is a developing perspective unrestricted by the boundaries that define other disciplines, research and professional practices. This panel is a mixture of experts who will demonstrate and discuss not only a variety but extraordinary ways that this philosophy of behavior can be utilized to cross international borders, and work towards helping the world.
Panel #67
Professional Development Series: Advice From the Recently Hired
Saturday, May 29, 2010
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
201 (CC)
Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: August F. Holtyn (West Virginia University)
JAMES W. DILLER (Eastern Connecticut State University)
JESSICA EVERLY (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg)
MIRARI ELCORO (Armstrong Atlantic State University)
Abstract: Discussion participants are recently hired tenure-track faculty members at predominately undergraduate institutions. These individuals will share their experiences related to successes and challenges faced as they complete their first two years as faculty members. Topics to be covered include: curricula development, developing research programs at small colleges, grant funding, promoting behavior analysis, BCaBA course sequences, mentoring students, and preparation for tenure. Audience questions will be answered.
Panel #70
Professional Development Series: An Introduction to Clinical Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 29, 2010
3:30 PM–4:50 PM
214A (CC)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Jordan T. Bonow (University of Nevada, Reno)
MICHAEL J. DOUGHER (University of New Mexico)
WILLIAM C. FOLLETTE (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington)
KURT SALZINGER (Hofstra University)
Abstract: Dougher and Hayes (1999) defined clinical behavior analysis (CBA) as “the application of the assumptions, principles, and methods of modern functional contextual behavior analysis to ‘traditional clinical issues’” (p. 11). With beginnings in the writings of Skinner, Ferster, and Krasner, CBA has particularly flourished over the last 20 years. Multiple therapeutic modalities have been developed within the CBA approach, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Behavioral Activation (BA). Furthermore, numerous publications in a variety of settings have expounded and promoted CBA. These have included many books (e.g., Dougher, 1999; Ramnero & Torneke, 2008), two special issues of The Behavior Analyst (1993, 2009), and a large number of articles in other journals. Nevertheless, many behavior analysts are not well-versed in CBA, and CBA has had a relatively marginal impact on the field of clinical psychology. This PDS is designed to generate further interest in CBA so that CBA can benefit from increased dialogue and contact with the broader field of behavior analysis. The panelists will provide an overview of CBA, addressing topics such as the history of CBA, its methods and applications, and ways to further advance the practice of behavior analysis in traditional clinical settings.



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