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 #378
CE Offered: BACB — 
Capacity Building Through Collaboration: Ethical Applications of the Science of Behavior Analysis in Public Schools
Monday, May 29, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: John E. Staubitz, M.Ed.
Chair: John E. Staubitz (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TRIAD)
BRENDA J. BASSINGTHWAITE (Munroe-Meyer Institute; University of Nebraska Medical Center)
PATRICK ROMANI (University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)
DEVA CARRION-MCGEE (School Consultation Program at Marcus Autism Center)

When students have complex behavior needs school teams often struggle to maintain student engagement and safety. An appropriate education includes evidence-based strategies for teaching new skills and for decreasing interfering behaviors when universal behavior supports have failed. Unfortunately, teachers and school-based staff often struggle to meet the needs of these students and have limited access to training related to evidence-based behavior analytic technology. Behavior analysts are uniquely equipped to address complex behavior needs of students and to address skills of educators whose lack of skill presents barriers to educational service delivery. Behavior analysts can be welcomed as a collaborative member of an interdisciplinary team when they value teaming relationships and follow their ethical responsibility to collaborate with colleagues to identify and implement solutions. This panel has a cumulative 55 years of experience working with school systems at various levels (e.g., individual, classroom, district, statewide) across 5 states. We will discuss our efforts in public schools to support students’ educational programming and to build capacity in educators’ skills while discussing key elements of the BACB Ethical Code (e.g., collaboration, scope of practice, addressing interfering conditions to service delivery). Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions for the panel’s response.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This presentation would be appropriate for board-certified behavior analysts who have experience with clinical or school-based applications for severe problem behavior who are interested in coaching educators to put intensive behavior interventions in place. If practitioners or researchers would like to improve their skills for collaboration as a means of building service delivery capacity in educators, then this would be a beneficial session for them.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) Identify tactics for initiating engagement with educators who hope to develop the capacity to assess or intervene with dangerous behavior. 2) Describe collaboration techniques to adapting behavior analytic consultation and technology to educational settings and work alongside non-BCBA practitioners. 3) Understand the ethical responsibility of behavior analysts to use collaboration to improve their practice in educational contexts relative to dangerous behavior.
Keyword(s): collaboration, consultation, school-based, state-wide



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