Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Invited Symposium #116
CE Offered: BACB
Positive Behaviour Support in Applied Settings
Saturday, September 3, 2022
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Area: EDC/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Geraldine Leader (National University of Ireland)
CE Instructor: Marguerite Hoerger, Ph.D.


Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts who work in schools

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: (1) Identify the three tiers of SWPBS; (2) Consider how to measure the success of behavioural intervention in maintained schools; (3) Describe the complexities and benefits of working in a mutli-disciplinary framework
Implementing Universal Interventions in Prison: Challenges, Wins, and Lessons Learned
CHRISTOPHER SEEL (University of South Wales)
Abstract: Violent and disruptive behavior is a universal problem in prisons. Although there is a wealth of research quantifying and assessing prisoner behavior, research on effective behavior change strategies (particularly for in-prison behavior) has been much less prevalent. Further, expectations for prisons to focus more on rehabilitation and less on punishment have occasioned a proliferation of strategies for increasing meaningful engagement, but often without rigorous evaluation of efficacy. This presentation will describe the development and implementation of a Tier 1 intervention in a Class B prison housing nearly 2000 adult offenders. Importantly, it will describe how prisoners played key roles in each step of the process and were ultimately responsible for intervention implementation. The presentation will discuss the effects of the intervention from prisoner perspectives, as well as addressing some of the challenges of enacting meaningful behavior change in prison environments.
Christopher J. Seel, MSc. has worked in the field of behavior analysis for over a decade. Having worked initially in early intervention for autistic and developmentally disabled children, his clinical interests began to shift after working on placement at one of the largest prisons in the UK. Along with Dr. Jennifer Austin, Chris received funding from the European Social Fund to evaluate the effects of behavior analytic interventions on prisoner misconduct and rehabilitation. Chris is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of South Wales (USW) and teaches on behavior analytic programs at USW and Swansea University. He is the current student representative to the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis.
Positive Behavior Support in Maintained Schools in Wales
MARGUERITE HOERGER (Bangor University)
Abstract: Behaviour analysis provision in maintained schools in the UK remains rare, despite robust research evidence supporting the use of school-wide positive behaviour support (SWPBS) and function based behaviour interventions. In this talk, we will share our experience implementing SWPBS in mainstream primary schools in Wales. Behaviour analysts worked with teachers and school leaders to design universal behaviour provision in each school. We sought to identify, teach, measure, and acknowledge positive behaviours in the classroom. Data showed that after implementing SWPBS, the students showed an increase in on-task behaviours and a decrease in disruptive behaviours. We used qualitative data to understand that factors that impact implementation fidelity. In our practice and research, we have collaborated with local authorities, school leaders, and teachers to make ABA an effective intervention in each setting. We will discuss the collaborative process, the compromises, and role of culture in setting up provision. We will give special consideration to how SWPBS can be implemented alongside a trauma informed schools programme. Our data shows that collaborative models produce significant, long-term positive behaviour change.
Dr. Maggie Hoerger, BCBA-D is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Bangor University, where is she the course director of the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Her research interests and practice include working with school leaders and teachers to integrate behaviour analysis into maintained schools. She works with Local Authorities, SEN schools, and Pupil Referral Units to establish universal behaviour analysis provision with an emphasis on early years teaching and functional based interventions. The work has been funded by the Welsh Government. Maggie is currently serving as the President of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis.



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