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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
Training for Treatment Integrity: Interobserver Agreement is Not Enough!
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom C
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Melinda Docter, Ed.D.
Description: Treatment integrity impacts the effectiveness of client progress. It is the ability to implement a program with the same intent as was written. Think about the following questions: 1.What happens if data is not valid, accurate or reliable? 2. What effects might your programmatic changes have on your client if based on untrustworthy data? 3. Goals may “seem” measurable and observable, but are they? 4. Where are the descriptors? 3. How can behavior therapists take believable data when they aren’t provided technological goals? 4. How can supervisors provide effective feedback for their therapists when they themselves are unable to implement the program with integrity? While IOA data determines the agreement of data collected between a supervisor and a therapist, how useful is it if two observers measure different aspects of the behavior? This workshop will identify and review well-written measurable and observable goals, environmental antecedent variables that must be both identified in the goal and in place prior to the expected response, and effective onboarding and training strategies for both new therapists and supervisors and those providers who can benefit from additional training.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will identify and describe the components of a well-written, measurable, and observable goal. 2. Participants will identify and describe antecedent descriptors and measurement over time necessary to implement a program with treatment integrity. 3. Participants will identify effective onboarding training practices to ensure the mastery and implementation of basic ABA concepts and principles.
Activities: Instructional strategies will include lecture, discussion, small group breakout, role play and modeling. Guided practice will be used to ensure mastery of both comprehension and implementation of the skills.
Audience: Participants should have at least 6 months experience in the field of ABA as a behavior therapist, supervisor or BCBA. Session is also appropriate for all supervisors, BCBA's that either provide onboarding training, ongoing clinical training and/or BCBA independent fieldwork supervision.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): goal writing, supervision, training, treatment integrity



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