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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Paper Session #487
Behavior Analysts Do That? Using ABA to Address Relationship Issues in Couples, Colleagues, and Collaborators
Monday, May 28, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Coronado Ballroom DE
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Steven Merahn (Centria Healthcare, Child Insights, LLC)
Yes We Can! Using ABA to Treat Couples
Domain: Service Delivery
SHARON ESTILL OLDER (Adapt Behavioral Services)
Abstract: When working in a client's home, we often observe parents whose negative relationship has a damaging effect on our client. Most behavior analysts would refer them for couples counseling by a mental health professional, since couples therapy is considered "outside the scope" of ABA. What that couple needs is to change their patterns of behavior toward each other, which is what ABA does. This presentation will explain a structured approach to creating improved relationships through ABA-based motivation and behavior-change strategies with "typical" adults.

ABA in the Healthcare Ecosystem: Relationships With the Pediatric Community

Domain: Service Delivery
STEVEN MERAHN (Centria Autism Services), James Macon (Centria Healthcare)

Applied Behavior Analysis is a discipline that has evolved a professional identity independent from the primary communities where it is practiced: Healthcare and Education. In these communities of practice, the primary association with ABA in is in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but there is little understanding of the underlying principles of ABA, ABA as differentiated from other non-medical therapies for ASD, nor the full scope of potential indications for ABA in those communities. This paper explores the cultural, disciplinary, regulatory, research and sustainability challenges that behavior analysis faces in its professional lifecycle, with particular focus on the interface between behavior analysis and pediatrics. The paper will integrate pediatric, educational, and behavior analytic literature with real-world examples to illustrate the potential challenges to integrated care, and make specific programmatic and policy recommendations to improve the understanding of the value of ABA in the evolution of the healthcare and educational systems in the United States.




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