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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #61
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Consultation in Diverse Public School Settings: Community-Centered Frameworks
Saturday, May 27, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan G. Kunze, Ph.D.
MENAKA KUMARI DE ALWIS (University of Oregon)
BERENICE DE LA CRUZ (Texas A&M University-San Antonio)
WENDY I GUFFEY (Texas A & M University-San Antonio)

Educators in public schools face a diverse student population, requiring them to address unique academic and adaptive needs, encourage self-regulation, and decrease challenging behavior. Pre-service teachers receive some classroom management training in their preparation programs, yet this is limited and often leaves teachers with minimal understanding of preventing and responding to disruptive classroom behavior. Limited resources and budgets are common barriers to further in-service training for educators, burdening school administrators with increasing maladaptive behaviors and teacher burnout. One solution is strengthening the partnership between Behavior Analysts and schools through consultation. This panel will discuss various frameworks and share their experiences of providing ABA consultation in public schools (Pre-K through Secondary) to support diverse student populations and stakeholders. Panelists will explicitly highlight three consulting frameworks, each addressing unique school needs and settings: a multi-year consultation, a framework based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List (2nd ed.), and a framework supporting regional district needs in rural areas. Panelists will discuss lessons learned, challenges, and ethically responsible problem-solving using the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (2020). Finally, panelists will discuss the impact of legislation on available resources and the implementation of ABA in schools. Attendee participation is highly encouraged. Questions and experience-sharing are welcome throughout the session.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Students should have completed some coursework toward their BCBAs and have experience working or practicum experiences in school settings. Professionals should be BCBAs or educators working with BCBAs looking to learn key factors in teaming in schools and have experience with behavior consulting or would like to pursue this partnership.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Define at least two community-centered frameworks and how to begin a partnership between BCBA and educators in a public school setting 2. Name three critical ethical considerations when in the role of a consultant. 3. Describe at least three key factors to consider in supporting diverse students when positioned in a behavioral consultation role. 4. Describe at least three key factors to consider in supporting diverse teachers when building partnerships with in-school personnel and stakeholders in behavioral consultation situations.
Keyword(s): community-centered frameworks, ethical ABA, school consultation



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