Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Symposium #124
CE Offered: BACB
Training All Team Members: Exemplars of Effective Training Procedures Within Applied Settings
Saturday, September 3, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Meeting Level 1: Liffey B
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jill Harper (Melmark New England)
Discussant: Silva Orchanian (Melmark New England)
CE Instructor: Jill Harper, Ph.D.
Abstract: Behavior analysts support behavior change in many capacities, often through training procedures. Examples include training parents to implement behavior change programs; training employees in expected job performance; and training pre-service behavior analysts in defined professional expectations. The purpose of this symposium is the presentation of various practice oriented training applications. The first presentation will provide an example of training members of an interdisciplinary team of professional on preparation and presentation skills within the context of medication management team meetings. The second presentation will provide an overview of an organizational training curriculum to increase supervisory skills such as active listening, feedback, and training others. The symposium will end with a discussion of organizational training practices that promote maintenance and generalization of skills across domains.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Presentation Skills, Supervisory Skills, Training
Target Audience: This symposium is intended for behavior analysts, supervisors, and trainers who have experience with different training modalities including didactic training and behavioral skills training.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Identify the component skills of behavioral skills training (BST) 2. Describe the application of component skills of BST within applied settings 3. Provide examples of target skills appropriate to BST methodology
Interdisciplinary Review Team (IRT): Training Effective Presentation Skills Across Professional Members
JILL HARPER (Melmark New England), Frank L. Bird (Melmark New England), Maria Wizboski (Melmark New England), Haley Steinhauser (Melmark New England; Regis College), James Luiselli (Melmark New England)
Abstract: Behavior skills training (BST) has become a common method to establish professional competencies through instruction, modeling, rehearsal and feedback. This study examined the effects of BST on the effective presentation skills of multiple professionals within an interdisciplinary review team (IRT) using a multiple baseline design. BCBA clinicians and registered nursing staff served as participants. All participants were active members of the IRT prior to the start of the study. During baseline, integrity checklists were developed to assess the accuracy of presentation skills for each department. Supervisors then implemented BST. During the instructional component, the rational for the IRT process was reviewed and a written description of the expectations around preparation and presentation were provided. Video models specific to preparation and presentation were viewed and training ended with a rehearsal during which participants were observed preparing for and presenting a case example. Feedback was provided throughout the training process. During baseline, moderate levels of accuracy were observed across all participants. Accuracy increased across all participants following BST. Participants and other members of the IRT completed social validity measures following the training. This study provides another example of the effectiveness of BST in the establishment of professional competencies, in this case effective presentation skills.
Increasing Supervisory Performance Skills via Group Instruction
BRAD STEVENSON (Melmark Carolinas ), Keri Stevenson Bethune (Melmark Carolinas), Helena L. Maguire (Melmark New England), Jill Harper (Melmark New England)
Abstract: Moving into a supervisory role can be a challenging transition for professionals. Managing direct care staff involves a number of skills that are rarely taught to new supervisors. To address this, Melmark has developed a structured training program to teach supervisory skills explicitly. Titled “Supervision Series,” it uses behavioral skills training (BST) to teach targeted skills within a curriculum based on an organizational behavior management framework. This presentation will review results from a study designed to assess the effectiveness of Supervision Series. A multiple baseline across behaviors design was used to evaluate its effects on increasing the supervisory skills of three staff who recently moved into their first supervisory role. Targeted dependent variables were active listening, training direct care staff on new skills using the BST model, and providing diagnostic feedback. Data were collected using unique integrity checklists to capture performance within each of the target areas. Data were summarized as percent accurate per opportunity. To date, an increase in accuracy in active listening skills was observed across all participates following the group training session. Results will be reviewed across all participants and targeted skills following the completion of the training program.



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