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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Panel #475
CE Offered: BACB
Working Together Effectively Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Monday, May 30, 2022
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Meeting Level 2; Room 257B
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Fumi Horner, Ph.D.
Chair: Fumi Horner (Bierman ABA Autism Center)
CHRISSY BAROSKY (Bierman ABA Autism Center)
MAEVE LONDON (Bierman ABA Autism Center)
SIMONE PALMER (Simmons University and Bierman Autism Centers)

Despite many fundamental differences across disciplines and limited validation from empirical research, more and more companies have started offering an “autism treatment package” with ABA, Speech and OT services. In addition, insurance funders and the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts require coordination of care and collaboration with other service providers. However, there are many BCBAs who have never been explicitly taught how to collaborate with other professionals and organizations that do not provide adequate training to foster the collaborative relationship. This panel discussion will first highlight the scope of competence for BCBAs and when to seek other professional’s opinions by outlining the appropriate collaboration processes. The panelists will then analyze the common conflicts between BCBAs and other professionals, identify where the gaps are, and propose some solutions. Attendees will be invited to participate in the discussion to analyze the conflicts and given opportunities to practice solutions.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BCBAs who practice ABA in schools or multidisciplinary therapeutic environments for individuals with autism.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will identify the scope of competence for BCBAs. Attendees will identify the steps of the appropriate collaboration process. Attendees will Identify examples and non-examples of interdisciplinary collaboration. Attendees will discuss the common barriers and feedback for BCBAs. Attendees will propose some solutions to address the barriers.



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