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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W81
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Developing Applied Behavior Analysis Departments in Public School Systems
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Zurich C, Swissotel
Area: OBM/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Daniel Almeida, Ph.D.
DANIEL ALMEIDA (University of Massachusetts-Boston/Newton, MA Public Schools)
Description: This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the steps required to develop an ABA department within a public school system. Development of quality ABA services within the bureaucratic and multi-disciplinary public school environment poses many regulatory, organizational, and ethical challenges for behavior analysts. This workshop will present the chronology of the development of a ABA department within a culturally diverse public school system of over 12,500 students. Over the course of 8 years, the department expanded from a single BCBA to 8 BCBAs. The development of organizational structures, service delivery models, and policies and procedures within the school district will be reviewed. Participants will conduct self-assessments of their current settings and use the workshop content to develop plans for expanding the ABA services within their work setting.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify the challenges to providing quality behavioral analytic services in public school settings; (2) identify organizational structures, service delivery models, and policies and procedures that are effective in public school settings; (3) assess their work settings and develop plans for organizational growth.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be achieved by lecture, small group discussion, and review and completion written case study materials.
Audience: The workshop is directed to behavior analysts working in or are interested in working in public school settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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