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

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Paper Session #357
Multiple Applications of Behavior Analysis Through the Development of Positive Repertoires
Sunday, May 26, 2019
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Vevey 3/4
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Emily Kieffer (PENDING)
What Does it Mean to be Constructional?
Domain: Theory
AWAB ABDEL-JALIL (University of North Texas), T. V. Joe Layng (Generategy, LLC), Paul Thomas Thomas Andronis (Northern Michigan University)
Abstract: People usually seek help when they are distressed or suffering from what accompanies the presence or absence of certain repertoires. The constructional approach (Goldiamond, 1974) is an orientation which offers solutions to problems based on the establishing of repertoires, rather than on their elimination or deceleration. Instead of considering problems in terms of pathologies to be eliminated, it attempts to directly increase options and extend repertoires. This is a direct approach to producing “desirables,” rather than the indirect approach of eliminating or accepting pathology to produce desirables as by-products of the elimination or acceptance. It begins by asking: What needs to be established, the absence of which is the problem? That is, if one were successful in achieving one’s outcomes, what precisely would that look like? Next, one must ascertain where one begins, prescribe change procedures, and finally understand the consequences that will maintain program participation. The role of emotions and their harnessing for constructional program success will also be described. This presentation will introduce the audience to what is entailed in taking a constructional approach to solving problems no matter who comprises the population served—whether children diagnosed with Autism, adults seeking help, or businesses and organizations.

Applied Behavior Analysis and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice: Part One

Domain: Service Delivery
EMILY KIEFFER (Adapt & Transform Behavior LLC), Samantha Lynn Fuesy (Adapt & Transform Behavior LLC)

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) requested assistance to create an effective behavior management system that could be implemented in detention centers state-wide. The department aims to create a shift in the current culture, reducing an over reliance on punitive consequences by training staff on the science of behavior. Additionally, the department wants to change the way we look at “detention” as whole. The BCBA’s developed and implemented a FW-PBIS system, utilizing the Facility-wide PBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory (Jolivette, K., Swoszowki, N.C. & Ennis, R. P, 2017) as a guide at two Florida Detention Centers. The BCBA’s will discuss procedures used, progress made and current struggles identified. This pilot, if successful will be implemented across the state to decrease problem behaviors, destruction of property, medication use staff/youth injuries in order to free up resources so the department can enhance the current programming to include more programs and opportunities that will benefit the youth, their communities, and in turn, reduce the rate of recidivism.




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