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.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Symposium #449
CE Offered: BACB — 
Train-the-Trainer: Achieve Best Training Outcomes Using Evidence-Based Procedures for Staff Training and Supervision
Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Maria Brown (Skillometry Inc.)
CE Instructor: Yendri Diaz, M.A.

Building and maintaining an ethical training company or training department is paramount to the effectiveness and success of any Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practice. Trainers are responsible for training staff to fluency and mastery and ensuring readiness to work in the field. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring generalization of such skills in the natural environment and maintaining skills repertoires. In this talk, we will discuss the development and growth of a train the trainer program, best training practices such as Behavioral Skills Training (BST), Precision Teaching, acoustical guidance (clicker training), and digital technologies to train and supervise, trainers and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) staff.

Target Audience:

Behavior analysts conducting supervision of applied behavior analysis services and staff training.

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify and define evidence-based training and supervision strategies. 2. Identify technologies to reinforce appropriate responses during session without interrupting learner outcomes. 3. Identify how to measure quality and effectiveness of training and supervision. 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
ZUHE C ARNESEN (Skillometry Inc.)
Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss the development and growth of a train the trainer program, starting from recruitment of trainers, to edit 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 Staff Training
MARIA BROWN (Skillometry Inc.)
Abstract: 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. When conducting a training, during the rehearsal component of BST, 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.

Utilizing Digital Technology to Train and Supervise Staff

YENDRI DIAZ (Skillometry Inc.)

The talk will cover training and supervision in an online platform and in-person environments. It will include instructional design segment where attendees will learn how to create an evidenced-based training program and supervise staff utilizing a unique blend of Behavioral Skills Training, Precision Teaching, and digital technology.




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