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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W53
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: A Model for Training School-Based Practitioners to Conduct Experimental Analyses When Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Zurich E, Swissotel
Area: PRA/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sean D. Casey, Ph.D.
BRENDA J. BASSINGTHWAITE (The University of Iowa Children's Hospital), SEAN D. CASEY (The Iowa Department of Education)
Description: Since 2009, the Iowa Department of Education and the Center for Disabilities and Development have been training challenging behavior specialists in school settings to use experimental analyses. During the first four years, trainees were employed by Area Education Agencies across the state and comprised challenging behavior teams. We have had 32 participants from Area Education Agencies and 28 of these trainees have met graduation criteria. In 2013, we expanded our training to participants from school districts that were forming district-level behavioral teams. In the past two years, we have had 26 active participants in this replication of training. Outcome measures show an increase in proficiency and use of preference assessments, functional analyses, structural analyses, and concurrent operants assessments in their practice. This workshop will provide an overview of the training, a description of the specialists that have been involved in the training, and results of the training. Participants will become familiar with the assessment tools that were developed for determining skill levels of the trainees and for evaluating progress of the trainees, including a self-assessment, an exam, and direct observation measures. An in-depth description of how these tools are used to customize training for the specialist will be provided.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) articulate key components of the training model; (2) use and score assessment measures (an exam, self-assessment, and task analyses of proficiency) to assess behavior someone's assessment skills related to functional behavior assessment; (3) articulate variables that facilitate and inhibit progress on outcome measures for trainees.
Activities: We have designed this workshop to include lecture, discussion, and small group (or individual) activities. There will be brief lectures overviewing the model and its implementation across the state of Iowa by discussing the demographics of trainees, progress of trainees to date, and variables that influence rate of progress on outcome measures. In addition, we will have several hands-on activities for the audience, including taking the knowledge exam and the self-assessment and participating in the scoring of these measures to determine training needs for the group and individuals. The audience will also review data obtained from the project and make decisions about what skills should be targeted for additional training.
Audience: The workshop will be beneficial for individuals who are at the intermediate level with their awareness of behavior analysis. Individuals involved in the training and supervising of behavior analysts will benefit from learning about the proposed model. Individuals who are interested in learning how to improve practice of practitioners (school-based or other) by teaching behavioral analytic practices will benefit from this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Experimental Analysis, Training Model



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