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15th Annual Autism Conference; Online; 2021

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Research and Practical Application of Telehealth Practice of ABA
Sunday, February 28, 2021
1:30 PM–4:30 PM
Online
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stephanie Peterson, Ph.D.
STEPHANIE PETERSON (Western Michigan University), REBECCA ELDRIDGE (Western Michigan University), JESSICA DETRICK (Western Michigan University ), KELSEY STAPLETON (Western Michigan University)

Stephanie M. Peterson, Ph.D., is Professor Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. She earned her doctorate in Special Education at The University of Iowa in 1994. Previously, she taught at Gonzaga University, Utah State University, The Ohio State University, and Idaho State University. Her primary research interests are helping to decrease chronic severe behavior problems in children with developmental disabilities. Specifically, she studies choice making in the treatment of problem behavior, functional communication training, reinforcement-based interventions for children with problem behavior, concurrent schedules of reinforcement in the treatment of severe problem behavior, functional analysis of problem behavior, and teleconsultation. She also has interests in applications of behavior analysis to educational interventions and teacher/behavior analyst training. She has served on a variety of editorial boards, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice. She also served as a Senior Editor for Education and Treatment of Children for many years and now serves as a Consulting Senior Editor. She recently completed the second of two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and has now been appointed to the Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts, Michigan’s licensing board for behavior analysts.

Dr. Becky Eldridge, BCBA-D, is the Clinical Director of WMU’s Kalamazoo Autism Center.  She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Chicago focusing on disability studies, and her Ph.D. in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University, under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Peterson.  She has worked in homes, clinics, and school settings with professionals and parents from diverse backgrounds to implement effective interventions for children and young adults with autism and other developmental disorders.  Her research interests include functional behavior assessment of severe problem behavior, functional communication training for individuals with developmental disabilities, decision making behavior of behavior analysts, evidence-based training for practitioners in the field of developmental disabilities, telehealth as an evidence-based service modality, and teacher training and collaboration.  She is most passionate about teaching and training in community settings to increase capacity for effective behavior analytic intervention. 

Jessica J. Detrick, M.A., BCBA, LBA, is a first-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University. She received her B.A. (2016) from the University of Iowa and M.A. (2018) from the University of Missouri. Jessica is a Project Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Psychological Assessment and Treatment Services (PATS) team. PATS is a team of BCBAs working with Integrated Services of Kalamazoo who provide consultative services to adult and children consumers with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and emotional behavior disorders who engage in challenging behaviors. PATS conducts functional behavioral assessments, develops behavior treatment plans, provides parent and staff training on the plan, and monitors treatment progress.
Kelsey E. Stapleton, M.A., BCBA, LBA, is a second year doctoral student in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her B.S. (2017) and M.A. (2019) from WMU. Currently, Kelsey is a Project Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Psychological Assessment and Treatment Services (PATS) team. PATS is a team of BCBAs working with Integrated Services of Kalamazoo who provide consultative services to adult and children consumers with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and emotional behavior disorders who engage in challenging behaviors. PATS conducts functional behavioral assessments, develops behavior treatment plans, provides parent and staff training on the plan, and monitors treatment progress. Kelsey is specifically interested in reducing the need for restrictive and intrusive procedures and developing systems to fade their use.
Description: The year 2020 presented great challenges and opportunities for behavior analysts. Finding themselves in the midst of a global pandemic, many behavior analysts began using telehealth services for the first time. We have been engaging in telehealth practice for several years before the pandemic arouse. In this workshop, we will discuss best practice for designing telehealth practice in behavior analysis as it relates to the assessment and treatment of young children with autism. First, we will review the behavior analytic literature regarding telehealth as a service modality. Following this, we will discuss specific strategies for utilizing telehealth as a modality to assess both skill repertoires and behavioral excesses using behavior analytic assessments. Next, we will discuss how to use telehealth to provide behavior analytic treatment to clients through consultation, parent training, or direct implementation of behavioral interventions. Finally, we will discuss current funding issues with insurance and Medicaid for telehealth ABA services, as well as the role behavior analysts can play to promote funding for and access to this effective service modality.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe research-based interventions that have been used in telehealth studies, ethical guidelines for telehealth practices, and the appropriateness of telehealth as a service modality; (2) describe evidence-based assessment strategies for telehealth, as well precautions and parameters for assessment via telehealth; (3) describe the differences between teleconsultation, telehealth parent training, and telehealth direct implementation, as well as risks and benefits to each type of telehealth treatment; (4) describe behavior change procedures that could be effectively and appropriately implemented through telehealth, as well as ethical considerations for providing intervention through telehealth; (5) describe common misconceptions about telehealth from funders and policy makers and state at least one thing they can do as a practitioner to help advocate for and support policy development that allows for telehealth practices.
Activities: Instruction will consist of lecture and discussion, along with small group guided practice.
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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