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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W25
CE Offered: BACB
Ecocultural Dynamics of Families That Shape Sustainability and Social Validity of Treatment Outcomes
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Laura Bunda, M.S.
LAURA BUNDA (Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysts; Association of Professional Behavior Analysts), LUIS VERA (Connecticut Association of Behavior Analysts)
Description: The maximization and sustainability of treatment outcomes has everything to do with assessment and planning that starts at home and includes the parents or primary caregivers as critical components. This workshop will reference research, and the growing practice of including parents in the assessment, the planning and the implementation of treatment. This workshop will emphasize the pivotal importance of not only assessing the child, but also assessing the culture, the resources and the daily dynamics of the family that impact the child's progress. The family's culture, ethnicity and religious values create the contextual framework within which we must develop our treatment plans. It is imperative that behavior analysts know how to collaborate and communicate with parents to program for socially valid outcomes. Moreover, when programming for treatment, we must include the parents and caregivers as integral components of our treatment package if a child's success is to be maximized and sustained across a lifespan. This workshop is based on research and practice which evidences the efficacy of defining what a child needs within the context of the family, collaboration with parents and caregivers, and the sustainability of treatment outcomes for children whose families implement evidence based interventions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Reference research that evidences the importance of including the family during the assessment, planning and implementation of treatment.; (2) Identify key cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and educational factors that may impact the social validity and outcomes for treatment; (3) Identify evidence based practices that promote sustainability and maximization of outcomes by building capacity and capability within the family framework.
Activities: This workshop will include: presentations, group contributions, small group case studies and targeted reading. We may also have video recordings that provide examples for learning objectives.
Audience: The chosen workshop level is basic and is targeted for practicing behavior analysts who primarily work in homes, communities and schools with children as their primary clients.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): ecocultural variables, Parent Training, social validity, sustainability

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