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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W45
CE Offered: BACB/NASP — 
Effective, Ethical, and Expanded Practices for BCBAs in Schools: Essential Skills and Overcoming School Barriers
Friday, May 28, 2021
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Noor Syed, Ph.D.
IMAD ZAHEER (St. John's University; Nurturing Environments Institute), NOOR SYED (SUNY Empire State College; Anderson Center International; Endicott College)
Description: Schools are a primary context in which many BCBAs currently provide services and where, arguably, their skill sets are most needed. Even if the BCBA is not working in schools, if they are working with children, they are likely to have some interactions with schools and school systems. Despite this central position that schools play in the work of many BCBAs, there is little training provided to successfully navigate the school context and systems that are essential to navigate for success for our clients. Moreover, BCBAs are faced with many challenges from ethical dilemmas to systems level barriers that prevent them from practicing effectively. This workshop will cover how to successfully navigate effective and ethical practices, and discuss how BCBAs can evolve and expand their roles in schools using Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Focus will be placed on the application of behavior analysis to schooling, understanding and navigating common ethical challenges, importance of contextual fit of interventions, and ways to gain social influence and stakeholder buy-in to increase sustainability. This session will consist of a brief review of relevant literature with a strong focus on behavior analytic strategies that are essential for working in schools, review of ethical challenges, and how to overcome common barriers to gain buy-in towards systems change.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) identify key barriers and challenges faced by BCBAs in schools; 2) describe appropriate ethical practice for BCBAs in schools; 3) identify strategies for individual cases as well as systems level practice to enhance school-based ABA practice.
Activities: The workshop will include brief didactics for introduction and overview, followed by small group breakouts. Practical activities will include exploration of the application of behavior analysis to schooling via practice of adapting academic and behavioral interventions to a school-based context. Attendees will review ethical scenarios and case studies. Supplemental material will be provided for in-session activities as well as resources for future application.
Audience: Participants should have a working knowledge of the practical application of behavior analysis with clients and should have at least minimal experiences working with school systems.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ethics, schools, social influence, sustainability



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