Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W47
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: A Practitioner’s Complete Guide to Best Outcomes: Establishing and Maintaining Integrity of Clinical Systems
Friday, May 26, 2023
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall A-C
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Helena Maguire, M.S.
Helena Maguire (Melmark New England), Silva Orchanian (Melmark New England)
Description: Organizational behavior management (OBM) is a subspecialty of applied behavior analysis (ABA) concerned with the application of learning principles and methods to the performance of employees. OBM has substantive evidence-support within human services organizations. This workshop considers an OBM framework to address priority human services objectives through the initial development, systematic evaluation, and ongoing modification of clinical systems to produce best outcomes for those served. The effectiveness of behavioral systems, such as the design and implement of clinical/behavioral interventions, relies not only on the sophistication of the system itself but also on the ability of staff to accurately and consistently implement the system. This workshop begins with a brief review of the OBM literature on effective systems development during which attendees complete guided activities to outline a system relevant to their organizational needs. Next, workshop leaders review strategies to maintain the integrity of behavioral systems including the design of performance management systems focused on staff and supervisory training protocols, and performance integrity tools. Attendees will then apply training and monitoring systems to their specific example. Critical components of organizational systems that prompt and maintain high levels of integrity will be exemplified by illustrative case and research examples throughout the workshop.
Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will identify fundamental OBM principles and operations. 2) Participants will describe critical performance objectives within human services organizations and identify the components of an effective performance management system in organizations. 3) Participants will list and describe components of effective training systems necessary for direct service, supervisory and clinical/educational staff. 4) Participants will develop, through group activities, relevant performance monitoring tools and systems for their organizations.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of didactic lecture, guided practice, group discussion. Core content will be delivered through dynamic lecture and group activities. Guided practice will provide participants with multiple modalities of learning.
Audience: Material presented during this workshop would be appropriate for advanced masters students and those training in ABA and OBM programs, professionals within the field of ABA/OBM, direct supervisors, as well as middle management.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Clinical Systems, Performance Indicators, Performance Management, System Development



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