Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W44
Engage with Parents and get "BUY IN" with Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Friday, May 24, 2024
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Meeting Room 401
Area: CBM/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Monica Gilbert, Psy.D.
MONICA GILBERT (Crystal Minds New Beginning The.MI.Doctor)
Description: We walk the walk, but do we talk the talk? As clinicians, do we speak WITH parents or TO them? Is it effective in motivating them to engage in interventions or do you find that sometimes they inhale and exhale at the sight/sound of parent coaching(training) sessions? Although Behavior Analysts offer empirically validated strategies and successfully change behaviors, it can be difficult for parents to follow the treatment. Resistance (“discord”)is evoked by an antecedent stimulus (clinician's confrontational language), which is reinforced by escape of the aversive stimuli. Motivating Operations have a behavior/value altering effect in that they make "escaping" the stimuli (clinician) by engaging in resistant behaviors more or less reinforcing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an empirically proven intervention that has shown substantial success in the literature in changing addictive behaviors in substance abusers, medication adherence and developmental disabilities. In this webinar, I will present the proven strategies of MI to decrease resistance and increase cooperation between parents and clinicians. The Transtheoretical model (stages of readiness) which helps identify parent’s level of resistance will also be introduced. Attendees will build skills in assessing parents’ level of resistance, measure change talk (most indicative of changed behavior) and learn to use MI procedures to successfully increase "Buy in" from parents and while effectively establishing rapport.
Learning Objectives: t the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Assess parent's motivation based on the trans-theoretical model and using different proven measures; (2) Provide examples of effective change talk strategies to develop and build collaborative relationships with parents; (3) Describe motivation from an ABA perspective; (4) Identify traps that can harm clinician-parental relationships; (5) Describe key features of effective MI strategies; (6) Measure change talk vs. counter-change talk; (7) Identify key features necessary for cooperative relationships between caregivers and clinicians.
Activities: Lecture, small group activities and Q and A
Audience: BCaBA's and BCBA's that provide parent support/parent coaching
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Motivational Interviewing, Parent coaching, Parent engagement



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