Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #430
CE Offered: BACB
Train-the-Trainer: Achieve Best Training Outcomes Using Evidence-Based Procedures for Staff Training
Monday, May 27, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Fairmont, Lobby Level, Rouge
Area: TBA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Yendri Diaz (Skillometry Inc.)
Discussant: Yendri Diaz (Skillometry Inc.)
CE Instructor: Yendri Diaz, M.A.

The development and maintenance of an ethical training department within an ABA company is paramount to the successful implementation of ethical ABA interventions. This talk will explore the establishment and maintenance of a training program and examine recruitment, trainers’ training, training curriculum development, training technology, and ongoing support at various ABA programs.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Master's level and doctoral level BCBAs; Graduate Students in Behavior Analysis; Basic Researchers; Applied Researchers; Scientist-Practitioners; Trainers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will be able to: 1. Identify and define evidence-based training strategies 2. Identify technologies to reinforce appropriate trainer responses 3. Identify how to measure quality and effectiveness of their training 4. Identify the importance of staff training and increase effectiveness of train-the-trainer programs.

Implementation of Behavioral Skills Training in Train-the-Trainer Programs

YENDRI DIAZ (Skillometry Inc.)

Building and maintaining an ethical training company or training department is paramount to the effectiveness and success of any ABA practice. Trainers are responsible for training staff to fluency and mastery and ensuring readiness to work in the field. In this talk, we will discuss the development and growth of a train the trainer program, starting from recruitment of trainers, to the development of trainer skills, behavioral skills training, ongoing supervision, adherence to BACB standards. Also, implementation of evidence-based training methodologies, providing continuous training for all trainers across different levels or credentials, utilizing technology to achieve training goals, and implementing the train-the trainer- program across different agencies.


Evaluating the Use of Acoustical Guidance as an Immediate Method of Reinforcement for In-Vivo Staff Training


Behavioral skills training (BST) is a treatment package used to teach a variety of skills to different populations. Feedback is an essential component of BST. During the rehearsal portion of BST, a real client (trainee) maybe used, delivery of feedback can interrupt sessions or cause confusion. During in vivo training of staff, acoustical guidance can be used to provide reinforcement for correct responses without interrupting session or confusing the learner. We will discuss the results of using acoustical guidance on staff training in a classroom setting with Lead Trainers training Assistant Trainers, and assistant trainers training trainees, and its effect on assistant trainer procedural fidelity.




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