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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W4
Enhancing School-Based Behavior Analytic Services Through Collaboration With Mental Health Professionals In-Person and via Telehealth
Thursday, May 27, 2021
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Area: CBM/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Whitney L. Kleinert, Ph.D.
WHITNEY L. KLEINERT (May Institute), SARAH LEVINE (May Institute)
Description: As school-based clinicians, many of our students require services that are outside our competence. For instance, these students have or need mental health supports while concurrently engaging in challenging behaviors requiring support from behavioral staff (e.g., staff providing services rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis; ABA). These private events contributing to challenges in school may not be within our purview, but still necessitate services in the school setting. For example, students may have a developmental disability in conjunction with anxiety or depression. Additionally, students may have significant trauma histories that impact how they respond to different features of treatments grounded in applied behavior analysis (e.g., full-physical prompting). The purpose of this presentation is to explore different evidence-based strategies that behavioral staff and mental health clinicians (e.g., School Psychologists, Counselors) can collaborate to meet students’ needs effectively and efficiently and operate within their respective areas of expertise.
Learning Objectives: 1. Following this presentation, participants will be able to DESCRIBE how Mental Health and behavioral needs may be intertwined and the implications of solely addressing one or the other. 2. Following this presentation, participants will IDENTIFY ways to collaborate with staff providing Mental Health services and staff providing services rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. 3. Following this presentation, participants will DESCRIBE specific ways to incorporate Mental Health and ABA components into each of these service areas to increase the likelihood of better outcomes for students.
Activities: The instructional strategies are adaptable based on the online platform used for the conference. Instructional strategies will include a combination of: lecture/presentation with supporting visuals (e.g., PowerPoint slides), video clips, case illustrations / examples, polling questions, multiple ways to provide responses (e.g., thumbs up/down, chat box), Behavioral Skills Training (BST; instructions, model, role-plays, feedback), and break-out room activities for small groups with subsequent whole-group discussion.
Audience: Experience working within school settings and/or collaborating with service providers within school settings preferred (e.g., Psychologists, Counselors, SLPs, OTs, PTs).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Consultation, Mental Health, School-based, Telehealth



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