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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
Diversity submission Organizational Behavior Support Plans
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Meeting Room 402
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sara Mulholland, Ed.D.
Description: Organizational resilience is necessary for organizations to maintain stability and adapt to changing dynamics in the world. ABA is a dynamic field with many variables affecting the ability of organizations to deliver quality ABA therapy, retain quality professionals, and prevail in a highly competitive market. We see repeated patterns of ABA companies starting, growing, then closing in rapid succession. How do we grow and sustain our organizations while providing effective treatment to the clients and families we serve? We create behavior support plans for our clients using applied behavior analysis to support behavioral change and maintenance. We can apply the same evidence-based applications of ABA to organizations to create resilient and stable ABA companies. The 2017 ABAI conference devoted a full day to application of OBM practices in Health and Human Services. This workshop will apply these practices specifically to ABA companies - addressing specific nuances and challenges experienced in the field of ABA. The workshop will begin with a review of the presenting problems - summarizing data regarding ABA companies that have experienced struggles in maintaining a successful organizations. Next, a review of original research regarding resilience in organizations will be presented. The findings of this research will be connected to the principles of applied behavior analysis. Finally, this interactive workshop will identify ways to create behavioral support plans at the organizational level - addressing areas such as performance management, environmental modifications, and supervision and management requirements to create resilient and sustainable, growing agencies that provide exceptional service to clients and families.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify three common barriers to organizational sustainability and growth; (2) Discuss seven components of organizational resilience using ABA terminology; (3) Identify at least three organizational behavioral interventions to improve sustainability and growth.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through lecture, group discussions, small group activities, and guided practice.
Audience: BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, managers and leaders of organizations, persons who supervise and lead teams
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): organizational management, reinforcement, resilience, retention



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