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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W79
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: POWER-Solving: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Skills
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Zurich E, Swissotel
Area: EDC/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Rita F. Gordon, M.Ed.
STEVEN GORDON (Behavior Therapy Associates), RITA F. GORDON (Behavior Therapy Associates)
Description: Youth with social skills impairments include those with a range of diagnoses such as autism, Asperger disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Social skill deficits have been associated with negative outcomes in future adjustment (e.g., educational achievement, interpersonal relationships, psychological well-being). POWER-Solving has been adapted from the social information processing literature related to improving problem solving skills. Research has shown that participants learn the skills and the curriculum has high social validity. POWER-Solving is an acronym that addresses the core deficits seen in many of these children: Put the problem into words, Observe and measure feelings, What is the goal, Explore and evaluate solutions, and Review/Reward. POWER-Solving has been implemented in a 5-week summer day program for children with social skills impairments known as HI-STEP (Helping Improve Social-Skills Through Evidence-Based Practices), public and private school classrooms, and in clinical practice. Principles associated with applied behavior analysis such as pinpointing target behaviors, functional behavior assessments, positive behavior supports, antecedent/consequence interventions, and data collection are the “backbone” of the summer program. This workshop is at an intermediate level and assumes participants have prior knowledge of ABA principles.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify the five steps associated with POWER-Solving; (2) identify the components of applying POWER-Solving social skills; (3) identify evidence-based strategies that contribute to success in social skills and problem-solving; (4) apply POWER-Solving to a specific social skill of their choosing.
Activities: Workshop activities include didactic presentation using lecture, power point presentation, discussion and video clips demonstrating components of POWER-Solving. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss ways to apply evidence-based strategies to social skills programs within their own setting.
Audience: Individuals working in public school environments, in private schools and agencies, and within a private practice such as behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and special education teachers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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