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: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Panel #510
Professional Development Series: Issues and Implications From Graduate Program Directors, Service Providers, and BACB Personnel
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
9:30 AM–10:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Tom Sharpe (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
TOM SHARPE (Educational Consulting, Inc.)
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology)
CHRISTINE L. RATCLIFF (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: The importance of kind and type of graduate training in ABA programs is receiving greater attention in relation to the dual purposes of training scholars and training service providers. Ongoing development and growing influence of BACB certification designed to ensure quality control of professional caregiving provides additional challenge. This panel discussion brings together graduate program directors, service delivery providers, and BACB personnel to discuss postsecondary training practices across the functionally related competency areas of (a) research activity to further a foundational knowledge base, (b) postsecondary teaching and outreach, and (c) applied professional service delivery. Discussion is focused on additional postsecondary training issues in relation to the growing ABAI and BACB emphases in the areas of: characteristics of effective behavior service delivery, form and function of required residency-based training experiences, and the related changes in emphases across required coursework progressions core to those training activities. Currently, a range of university-based undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral granting programs, and independent corporate organizations largely engaged in internet-based education, are all involving in the growing arena of professional service delivery training in concert with professional BCBA Certification activity. Recommendations for these programmatic initiatives, and the many different pedagogical procedures implemented are discussed.
Panel #540
Professional Development Series: Starting a Home-Based Applied Behavior Analysis Business
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
12:00 PM–1:20 PM
205 (CC)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Tiffany A. Hammer Baker (Sam Houston State University)
BARBARA A. METZGER (Sam Houston State University)
ALISON L. MOORS (Moors and Associates Consulting, INC)
ANGELA L. POLETTI (Willamette Education Service District)
JANIS HENDRIXSON (Behavioral and Communication Services)
Abstract: Home-based programs for children with autism have a long history in the practice of applied behavior analysis. Currently, practitioners who have home-based businesses can be found across the country as well as abroad. This panel will discuss the advantages and the disadvantages of starting a business practicing applied behavior analysis in the client’s home. Additionally, the panel will discuss the planning that must happen prior to taking your first client, what to do now that you have a client, and how to run an organized and well - managed business. Ethical and legal issues will also be discussed. The purpose of this panel is to provide information to other practitioners who are already in a home-based business as well as considerations for those who are contemplating starting a home-based program.
Panel #544
CE Offered: PSY
Professional Development Series: How to Start and Run Your Own Behavior Analysis Business
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
12:00 PM–1:20 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michelle Garcia-Thomas, Psy.D.
Chair: Molly Halligan (University Nevada, Reno)
KENNETH MACALEESE (Advanced Child Behavior Solutions, LLC)
Abstract: The behavior analytic philosophy differs greatly with mainstream clinical service providers. Therefore, behavior analysts will often develop their own business providing such services based on a behavior analytic perspective. Although these individuals may be highly trained to provide clinical services, most behavior analysts outside of the organizational behavior management sector do not have the explicit training to start and run a business. Most businesses in their infancy, whether behavior analytic or not, fail due to a ineffective system implementation. Given the current political and economic climate, it is important that the entrepreneurs are well prepared. Therefore, the following presenters will discuss their experiences in starting and maintaining a successful business based on behavior analytic principles.



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