Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W67
CE Offered: BACB — 
Essential Elements of Behavior Support Plans: What Are They, Who Decided These? Are They In Plans?
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich G
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Teresa A. Rodgers, Ph.D.
TERESA A. RODGERS (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities), RITA M COOPER (Missouri Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities), LUCAS EVANS (Missouri Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities), RHIANNON MARIE EVANS (The Chicago School and Missouri Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities), MELANTHA WITHERSPOON (Missouri Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disabilities)
Description: Do you wonder if your plans are the best they could be? Would it be helpful to know the best practice elements of behavior plans? Many state funding agencies have requirements for behavior change plans including necessary elements, templates and review processes. A surprising finding from Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is that most of the plans developed by behavioral service providers do not include many of the elements. We will discuss requirements of several states, the BACB task list and Compliance Code. We will be sharing data regarding common elements present and missing in behavior support plans written in by behavioral service providers in Missouri. Attendees will learn best practice and ethical standards for behavior support plans and practice evaluating their own and sample behavior support plans. The intended outcome is that attendees will improve that quality of behavior plans. It is strongly suggested that participants bring a redacted, sample behavior support plan that they have written. Content has obtained credibility, as demonstrated by the involvement of the broader practice, education, and science communities in studying applying practices described.
Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will review a checklist of necessary elements for behavior support plan to meet best practice, ethical standards, and improved quality of life for individuals served. 2. Attendees will identify how the checklist aligns with compliance code, task list, applied literature, and state service requirements and regulations. 3. Attendees will use the checklist to identify present and missing elements on a sample BSP. 4. Attendees will identify present and missing elements of their own BSPs. 5. Attendees will discuss barriers to including critical elements into behavior support plans.
Activities: Instructional strategies will include lecture, discussion, active participation, and small group breakout. Workshop objectives will be met through lecture, group discussion, frequent responding through web-based application, and group activity involving reviewing sample plans.
Audience: The target audience includes new practitioners who would like to develop effective formats for intervention plans as well as intermediate practitioners who are struggling with requirements from funders and effectiveness of plans.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Effective practice, Intervention Plans,



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