Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #191
CE Offered: BACB
Change Is Hard, But Does It Have To Be? Become a Leader Who is Successful Guiding Change Initiatives
Sunday, May 29, 2022
8:30 AM–8:55 AM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153C
Area: OBM
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Breanne K. Hartley (LittleStar ABA Therapy )
CE Instructor: Breanne K. Hartley, Ph.D.

Change is Hard, but Does it Have to be? Become a Leader who is Successful Guiding Change Initiatives

Domain: Theory
BREANNE K. HARTLEY (LittleStar ABA Therapy )

Behavior Analysis is a field that values continuous quality improvement. Continuous quality improvement is demonstrated within our field’s importance on conducting research to find answers and then implementing the strategies associated with those answers. Behavior Analysts are obligated to modify their practices as new strategies are identified that will be most beneficial for their patient’s outcomes. However, the implementation of new strategies requires change – and change is hard. To continue improving and bettering the treatment provision for our patients, and the clinical systems for our staff, we must strive to lead meaningful change by communicating and planning in a way that increases the reinforcing value of change among our colleagues. Successful change can be fostered through the creation of values, the development of a vision, the creation of a plan, and by evaluating the application of that plan. When these steps are put into place, the aversiveness of change lessens (fear is reduced and discomfort decreases).

Target Audience:

Advanced audience members should have responsibilities of supervising other BCBAs and making organizational decisions that will impact the role of the BCBAs they supervise as well as the treatment of the patients served within the organization.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to: 1. Identify why it is important to decrease the aversiveness of change. 2. Identify the steps to lead successful change within an organization. 3. Articulate the contingencies associated to change for you and those you supervise.



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