Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #414
CE Offered: BACB
RBTs and BCBAs Changing Adult Services to Persons With IDD/ASD
Monday, May 30, 2022
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Meeting Level 2; Room 204A/B
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Terence G. Blackwell, M.S.
Chair: Terence G. Blackwell (Chimes International Limited)
VIVIAN A. ATTANASIO (Chimes Delaware)
JAMES G. O'BRIEN (Manhattan Star Academy)
CHERYL BLACKWELL (Verbal Behavior Inst.)

In a variety of settings, the requirements of funding sources (such as CMS and State Medicaid authorities) are increasingly enforcing the use of evidence-based practices where public funding is provided. The creation of the RBT credential accredited by the NCCA in 2016 created a great opportunity to improve the lives of persons receiving care in adult day settings, whether that be residential, vocational, or a day treatment model. The presenters are actively working in the I/DD and autism space of human services, implementing "evidence-based practices" in a variety of states and settings. During the past few years, the ability to train direct care staff in ABA reduced both staff turnover and injury on the job for the multiple agencies represented by the presenters. We will review how we began, with the assistance of Dr. Brian Iwata in Brooklyn, NY, and how we continue to train staff to competency in a field that previously had little evidence-based practice despite decades of funding.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: 1) identify where the use of an RBT assists in maintaining funding for existing programs 2) articulate the supervision requirements for RBTs to practice under the supervision of a BCBA 3) demonstrate knowledge of 3 key behaviors to shape on existing staff in order to implement an evidence-based practice.



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