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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Paper Session #31
Innovations in Training of Applied Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:00 PM–2:50 PM
214A (CC)
Area: PRA
Keyword(s): Innovations, Training
Chair: Kira Austin (VCU)

Toward a More Capable Approach to Direct Services Data Collection, Analysis, and Feedback: Practice and Implications of a Field Systems Approach

Domain: Service Delivery

The importance of kind and type of professional training and related direct services activities are receiving ever greater attention. This is evidenced by the expansion and growing influence of the BACB and concomitant rapidly evolving certification requirements. Within this growing attention, is focus on recommended practice when documenting the behavioral characteristics of effective behavior service delivery, and form and function of effective treatment in direct service delivery settings. Of professional challenge, is transitioning recommended applied behavior analytic data gathering and analysis methodologies to these professional activities. This presentation will provide applied summary of user friendly software tools designed to collect and analyze discrete and time-based behavioral data for a wide range of evaluation and feedback applications in direct observation client settings. Data based support for software tool use will also be provided. Presentation information should be of particular appeal to a graduate students, behavioral psychologists, BCBA professionals engaged in assessment and behavior plan activities, and research analysts -- all interested in analyzing complex configurations of behaviors which are emitted at high rates and oftentimes overlap in time. Recommendations for professional practice include introduction to (a) recommended procedures when collecting time-based data in the live setting, and (b) computer generated behavior descriptions, graphic displays, statistical analyses and reliability comparisons of data files when engaged in data analysis and data based feedback.

Developing Coordination of Behavior Analytic Services: One University’s Lessons Learned and Unique Solutions
Domain: Service Delivery
KIRA AUSTIN (Whitworth University)
Abstract: As a result of a recent state legal settlement, applied behavior analysis for children with developmental disabilities are now covered by medical insurance in Washington State. However, only individuals who are National Board Certified Behavior Analysts or are directly supervised by someone with these credentials are able to provide these services. The current demand far exceeds availability, both regionally and nationally. To respond to the needs of the community, one university collaborated with a variety of agencies to provide services to the local community. This presentation will describe the university’s development process from creating coursework to building community support services. Through partnership with a regional behavior analytic therapy clinic the university is scheduled to open in March 2015 a university-based clinic to provide services to the community. The aforementioned law also required 3 hours of weekly therapy for the families of children in the clinic. This clinic will provide paid internships and supervision hours for university students in a Master’s in special education program and pre-service marriage and family therapists. This presentation will provide an overview of a “non-traditional” university program and allow participants to reflect on how one university’s approach could be replicated.
Efficiently Searching Online Literature Databases
Domain: Service Delivery
NICOLE L. BANK (The PartnerShip, LLC)
Abstract: In an effort to help practitioners meet their obligation to stay in contact with the scholarly literature, The Behavior Analysis Certification Board just made the ERIC research database available to Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Although many masters level providers are skilled in searching literature databases, there are many “behind the scenes” tricks and techniques that could lead to more efficient searching. This presentation gives practitioners in-depth information about using ERIC including: the structure of the database, advanced use of Boolean terminology, using the ERIC thesaurus, use of search terms related to behavior analysis, and other search tips. The BACB suggests that ERIC, PubMed and Google Scholar can assist providers in contacting research literature. This presentation applies the same tricks and techniques to searching behavior analytic literature in PubMed and Google Scholar. The presentation ends with a brief review of Google Scholar citation analysis and measuring the impact factor of key research articles.
A Proposed Hierarchy of Functional Behavioral Assessment Knowledge and Skills and Its Implications for Research and Practice
Domain: Service Delivery
ROBERT E. O'NEILL (University of Utah)
Abstract: Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) procedures related to challenging behavior are a professionally and legally mandated component of service provision in many home, school, and other community service settings. However, there are still significant concerns about the ability of typical practitioners to effectively implement FBA, interpret results, and use the information to develop effective behavioral support strategies. This presentation will describe (1) a proposed hierarchy of FBA knowledge and skills, (2) a possible framework for defining which types of staff/service providers need which types of knowledge and skills, and (3) the implications of these proposals for future research and training for service providers.
Keyword(s): Innovations, Training



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