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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W91
CE Offered: BACB — 
Owning Your Competency: Parent and Caregiver Training and the Future of International Dissemination
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jacob Sadavoy, Ph.D.
JACOB SADAVOY (Global Autism Project), KAREN CHUNG (Special Learning, Inc. )
Description: Generalization of behavioural support strategies and techniques is critical for functional learning of skills across environments that are socially significant for the client. In order for this to happen, parents and caregivers need to be able to replicate outcomes of the clients skill acquisition and behaviour change programs with their loved one. In order for this to happen, the therapist must be cognizant of the needs, culture, and environment of both the client and the guardian. This becomes a challenge when working with families in cultures and communities that differ from that of the practitioner. Over 90% of BCBAs and BCaBAs practice within North America which accounts for less than 10% of the world’s population. As of 2023, the BACB will no longer be a licensing board for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) practitioners outside of North America. The need for ABA clinicians is paramount internationally however literature and resource availability, non-existent credentialing agencies, and cost of programs and supervision are all barriers for prospective practitioners. Without adequate services prospective international clients often believe their family member with ASD are uneducable which leads to a life in isolation and, in some places, builds a reliance on available pseudoscientific therapies some of which are harmful or even deadly. This workshop will focus on ensuring practitioners have the skills to provide thoughtful intervention for clients that will promote parent and caregiver engagement and generalization of goals across the clinical teaching environment to the home environment.
Learning Objectives: (1) Identify repertoires that should be fostered in quality behavior analysts (2) Assess needs of supervisee and develop observable goals to support acquisition, mastery, and maintenance of goal; (3) Develop methodologies to assess the effectiveness of supervision; (4) Understand how to implement supervisory practices beyond “teaching-to-the-test” and develop supervisees’ problem solving fluency, verbal behavior of ABA methodology, communication skills with invested client stakeholders, ethical decision making, critical thinking and reasoning, sustainability, and cultural competency
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, discussion, small group breakout, and role play.
Audience: Target audience includes those who currently or plan to supervisee RBTs, BCaBAs, and those hoping to sit for the BCBA exam, including practicum supervisors and Clinical Directors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): curriculum, hierarchical development, supervision, sustainability



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