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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB — 
Training Technicians: Using Our Science to Teach New Providers
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Third Floor, Bianco
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Rachel L. White, Ph.D.
RACHEL L. WHITE (University of Alaska Anchorage; Good Behavior Beginnings)
Description: There is high demand for competent behavior technicians who can work effectively with children with autism. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) offers a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential as a way to identify competent behavior technicians. Although the RBT credential requires training and a competency assessment completed by a BCBA, the competency assessment lacks clear operational definitions and mastery criteria for each task. While the science of behavior has clearly demonstrated effective ways to teach individuals new skills, many BCBAs are struggling to create effective systems to train new providers. This workshop will use Behavior Skills Training (BST) to teach BCBAs how to create a provider training package that uses BST to teach the skills necessary for a new provider to pass a competency assessment. Participants will develop mastery criteria; create structured activities for practice and assessment; and streamline training for behavior technicians. This model has been used at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Center for Human Development to train providers across the state, exclusively at a distance.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will create mastery criteria for operationally defined competencies. 2. Participants will develop activities to allow structured practice and assessment of competencies. 3. Participants will outline a training package using BST to streamline training for behavior technicians. 4. Participants will review results of current training program in Alaska.
Activities: Using the BST model, workshop objectives will be met through lecture, modeling, video observation, guided practice, small and large group discussion, and individual feedback.
Audience: Intermediate/BCBA; BCBAs or BCaBAs who are responsible for training or supervising RBTs; Program or Clinical Directors interested in creating training systems.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): BST, competency, RBT, supervision



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