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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W66
Joining Forces: Enhancing School-Based Behavior Analytic Services Through Collaboration With Mental Health Professionals (In-Person and via Telehealth)
Friday, May 27, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 103
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Whitney L. Kleinert, Ph.D.
Description: In school systems, many of the students we work with require additional supports beyond Applied Behavior Analysis that are outside of our competence. Specifically, students may have comorbid diagnoses that necessitate different areas of expertise, such as a developmental disability in conjunction with anxiety or depression. Additionally, students may have significant trauma histories that impact how they respond to different features of treatments grounded in ABA (e.g., full-physical prompting). In order to fully meet the needs of the students we work with, and to maintain our ethical obligations (e.g., BACB Ethics Code 1.02), it is imperative that we collaborate with experts in other areas (e.g., mental health). This workshop will explore research-based methods of consultation and collaboration between behavioral staff and mental health clinicians – specifically, methods we can use to join forces and meet students’ needs effectively and efficiently.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) DESCRIBE how Mental Health and behavioral needs may be intertwined and the implications of solely addressing one or the other; (2) IDENTIFY ways to collaborate with staff providing Mental Health services and staff providing services rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis; (3) DESCRIBE specific ways to incorporate Mental Health and ABA components into each of these service areas to increase the likelihood of better outcomes for students.
Activities: This workshop can be adapted for both in-person and online learning platforms. Instructional strategies include brief lecture, group discussion, and small group breakouts. The format will include a lecture with supporting visuals, case illustrations/examples, polling questions (via Zoom or in-person), Behavioral Skills Training (BST; instructions, model, role-plays, feedback), and small group discussions with subsequent sharing with the whole group.
Audience: Experience working within school settings and/or collaborating with service providers within school settings preferred (e.g., Psychologists, Counselors, SLPs, OTs, PTs).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Consultation, Mental Health, School, School Consultation



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