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 #83
CE Offered: BACB
Values, Quality, and Systems Design; Scaling Autism Service Delivery That Makes a Meaningful Difference
Saturday, May 27, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4C/D
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Timothy Michael Yeager, M.A.
Chair: Timothy Michael Yeager (Centria Healthcare)
EMILY CALLAHAN (Centria Healthcare)
HILLARY LANEY (Centria Healthcare)
KAJZA MAYE COATS (Centria Healthcare)

The field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is growing exponentially, as are the organizations that are providing ABA services. Maintaining quality can be challenging during periods of rapid growth. Regardless of an organization’s size, scaling quality care is vital for the continued success of our field and for the patients we serve. When considering sustainable systems change, we are obligated by our ethical code to develop a system that benefits others, treats others with compassion, dignity, respect, integrity, and ensures competence. At Centria, we have developed a clinical framework that begins with understanding our client's values from the start of care. As Montrose Wolf outlined eloquently in 1978, as practitioners, we should continually ask ourselves if what we are doing matters to those with whom we are working (Wolf, 1978). It’s a simple question, but one that can often get lost in the middle of a therapeutic plan based upon standardized and criterion-referenced assessments. During this panel, we will be discussing the development of our patient-centered, values-aligned approach to therapeutic intervention. We'll discuss a multi-step process across a large-scale system, including; communication strategies, our mentorship model, training systems, and the development of tools to assess outcomes and monitor implementation.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The audience should have an introductory understanding of delivering aba therapy, management of staff, and experience with training staff to deliver aba therapy.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the necessary components of developing a system to drive clinical quality; (2) speak to the role of social validity when considering systems design; (3) identify the components of an effective behavior analytic change management program.
Keyword(s): OBM, quality, System



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