Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #66
CE Offered: BACB
Strategies for ABA Provider Staff Retention: A Benchmark Study
Saturday, May 26, 2018
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom E
Area: OBM/PRA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Rick Gutierrez, M.S.
Chair: Rick Gutierrez (Easterseals Southern California)
MANUEL A. RODRIGUEZ (ABA Technologies, Inc.)
PAULA POMPA-CRAVEN (Easterseals Southern California)
ALYSSA KAVNER (Easterseals Southern California)

The insurance mandate in California has led to organizations taking great steps towards hiring and retaining talent. In late 2014 Easterseals (ESSC) Autism Services convened a work group chartered to focus on improving employee recruitment and retention. Over the last two years the group worked to find contributing factors to retention, identify barriers to higher levels of retention, and to define strategies to improve recruitment and better retain the individuals in the organization. The work group developed two questions that prevented them from taking large scale next steps:1) Is the level of retention at ESSC within an acceptable range compared to similar organizations? 2) Are the barriers identified by the work group the ?right ones?, and if so, what are best-practice mitigating solutions? Early analysis found a lack of benchmark data in the industry surrounding acceptable retention rates. As a result, outside consultants were hired to benchmark the level of retention at ESSC against similar organizations across the country. This panel will review the results of the retention benchmark study and discuss strategies surrounding associate retention. Dialogue around best practices will include audience sharing and participation.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs Organizational Leaders

Learning Objectives: 1) To understand how your organization's retention benchmarks against other ABA service providers 2) To learn the leading causes of employee separation from ABA service providers 3) To generate strategies to increase employee retention



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