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 #W74
CE Offered: BACB — 
Play Before Work: Teaching Supervisors How to Utilize a Rapport Building Curriculum to Implement, Train, and Report on a Systematic Approach to Pairing and Rapport Building in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy
Friday, May 27, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153B
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amy Rachel Bukszpan, M.S.
AMY RACHEL BUKSZPAN (Endicott College, Butterfly Effects), MOLLY ANN MCGINNIS (Butterfly Effects)
Description: These rapport-building goals have been taught to siblings, parents, respite care workers, and neighbors to promote and improve social relationships for clients as well as to promote generalization. In our work, we extended Lugo et al. (2017) by developing a formal rapport-building curriculum. The curriculum reflects the 7 pre-session pairing skills, data collection, and teaching procedures Lugo and colleagues (2017) outlined as well as guidance as to the implementation of these items, not only before instruction in the form of pre-session pairing but throughout the session to ensure maintenance of rapport between the client and clinician throughout the therapeutic relationship. Even more, this curriculum has been presented before insurance companies and meets mandates for coverage for both private and government payers. A rapport-building curriculum provides easy-to-follow directions for new clinicians to use as they develop their interpersonal skills when working with clients. Learning and teaching should be fun and functional! These pairing skills build on social and play interactions and increase opportunities to access reinforcement which benefits both the client and clinician ensuring a positive and rich therapeutic environment.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to effectively implement a systematic pairing procedure embedded throughout ABA sessions to increase motivation and assent; while decreasing interfering behaviors 2. Participants will be able to create reporting methods on rapport-building objectives as part of the treatment program that meets insurance mandates and guidelines. 3. Participants will be able to use behavior skills training to train clinicians on a systematic approach to pairing and rapport building.
Activities: Instructional activities include lecture-based instruction with discussion, small group instruction, and video and content modeling. Core content will be taught through interactive learning opportunities which include guided practice with feedback. A competency assessment will be used to assess competency across proposed learning objectives.
Audience: Basic. For individuals supervising the training and implementation of direct care providers, technicians, or parent traiing.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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