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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W88
CE Offered: BACB
Taking Your State ABA Association to the Next Level: A Workshop for Board Members and Future Leaders
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Aaron Blocher-Rubin, Ph.D.
AARON BLOCHER-RUBIN (Arizona Autism United)
Description: This workshop is designed for board members of state ABA associations, or BCBAs who would like to join their association's board and help the organization grow. Since I was elected president of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (www.azaba.org) two years ago, our board has implemented a series of behaviorally-based strategic objectives to drastically enhance the reach and impact of AzABA. Our membership has grown from 100 to 600. Instead of holding one event per year, we now hold one per month, and most of them offer free CEUs. We have built up our financial reserves and rewritten our bylaws to give us the flexibility and sustainability the association needs to continue thriving as board members and presidents change each year. We now represent over 80% of all BCBAs in Arizona, which gives us much greater public policy influence. We have also streamlined our membership database, website, and event registration systems so that all members can easily communicate with the board, our management company, and each other anytime. All of this has been achieved while simultaneously reducing the volunteer hours burden on board members. The goal of this presentation is to share the techniques we have used to be successful, so that you can improve the success of your own state association.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Explain how this approach to improving a state association is based on interrelated behavioral contingencies; (2) Identify opportunities and develop a plan to improve your own state association; (3) Implement specific techniques to increase membership and activities for your own state association.
Activities: This will be a hands-on workshop. The first part will include a lecture explaining the behaviorally based strategies used to establish contingencies for BCBAs to become members and participate in events, as well as the sustainability systems developed to support the operation. Then, participants will complete a series of activities to identify goals and objectives for their own associations, so that everyone leaves the workshop with a series of developed strategies that are ready to be implemented.
Audience: Board members for state ABA associations, or anyone that wants to join their state ABA association board.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): behavioral systems, organizational sustainability, state association

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