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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
CANCELED: Unique Considerations for Staff Training in Community-Based Settings: Advanced Uses of Technology to Teach
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Vevey 3, Swissotel
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jessica Zawacki, Ph.D.
GLORIA M. SATRIALE (Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL)), JESSICA ZAWACKI (PAAL), ERIC SCHINDELDECKER (Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL)), RICKIESHA MARCH (PAAL), KAITLIN ROSS (PAAL)
Description: Staff competencies are critical to successful outcomes in service delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities. The literature is robust regarding the most efficient ways to train staff to perform their duties utilizing traditional methodology and in traditional educational settings. However, with the increasing implementation of training programs across community settings, and the decreasing focus on centralized service delivery, a retooling of traditional approaches to staff training and mechanisms for supervision is needed. Further, the influx of individuals into adult service systems has exhausted available resources requiring service providers to do more with less. Advances in technology (e.g., Internet, wireless systems, smart phones, Bluetooth, live-stream video) have transformed our ability to efficiently train, maintain, and develop staff competencies. The purpose of this workshop is to describe and demonstrate the use of various technologies to facilitate and accelerate competencies necessary for staff to work with adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other intellectual disabilities in various community settings (e.g., grocery store, library). Participants will learn about considerations in staff training that are unique to staff performance in community-based settings. Participants will learn the advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology when training staff, specific types of technology for specific uses. Additionally, more global issues about staff training, such as staff retention will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify unique considerations for staff training in community based settings; (2) identify advanced uses of readily available technologies to improve, facilitate and accelerate staff training in vivo and remotely; (3) create web-based portals to contain training and BST protocols for easy access by staff; (4) identify ways in which to accomplish more training with dedication of less resources; (5) discuss issues related to staff retention.
Activities: Objectives will be met through didactic instruction, video, and group discussion.
Audience: Staff trainers; human resource personnel; agency directors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, community instruction, staff training, technology



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