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

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Panel #37
CE Offered: BACB
Direct Support Staff Training: A Comprehensive Staff Training Model
Saturday, May 27, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4C/D
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Julie Robyn Russell, M.S.
Chair: Julie Robyn Russell (Brooklyn Autism Center)
JULIET GRILLO (Brooklyn Autism Center)
ANDREA DELGADO (Brooklyn Autism Center)
FERNANDE DEGUENON (Verbal Beginnings)

Staff training is one of the most critical components of implementing high quality Applied Behavior Analytic services. While staff training may always include the basic principles of behavior analysis, the topics should also address less technical components including information on Autism, compassionate care, and professionalism. This panel presentation will outline best practices in the elements of staff training. The role of the direct support staff along with supervisory staff will be discussed. Panelists will share strategies that have helped promote a high skill level, bolster staff confidence, and a strong understanding of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Examples of powerpoint presentations, staff competency exams, and video demonstrations will be shared.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: 1. Discussion of the most effective components of staff training for direct support staff 2. Learn how to assess staff training competency 3. Understand the roles of various staff during the staff training onboarding process
Keyword(s): Staff Training



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