Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #337
CE Offered: BACB
Coaching for Behavioral Supports: Systems and Practices
Sunday, May 27, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom B
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jodie Soracco, M.Ed.
Chair: Jodie Soracco (University of Nevada, Reno)
HOLLY SENIUK (University of Nevada, Reno)
KACI FLEETWOOD (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida; Florida Mental Health)

As accountability of school policies and practices rise, schools in the United States are focusing on educational reform. However, there is little research focusing on coaches who engage in implementation strategies geared towards school reform (Mayer et al., 2015) and even fewer examining behavioral coaching of groups of individuals (Hackman & Wageman, 2005). These challenges arise at both the systems and content level. Currently, minimal literature exists that provides guidance for coaching processes that address systems-level features necessary for effective behavioral systems. Developing and implementing a structured coaching process that focus on implementing behavioral supports at both the systems and content level are necessary. This panel will provide guidelines and processes for building capacity of coaching at the systems level and content-level. Examples of an adaptation of Bill Abernathy's Total Performance System was applied at the systems level as well as practice-based coaching applied to building the skills of educators who are behavioral support coaches. Professional development assessments, tools, and data will be shared that have been used in efforts to improve behavioral systems and practices.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Educators, behavior analysts

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation participants will be able to describe behavioral coaching systems components, identify the competencies necessary for behavioral coaching, as well as discuss the use of tools for enabling coaching of behavior systems and practices.
Keyword(s): Behavioral Coaching



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