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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Panel #457
Guidance and Recommendations When Developing an Introductory Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Course
Monday, May 27, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: OBM/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Andressa Sleiman (Florida Institute of Technology)
SHARLET D. RAFACZ (Western Michigan University)
DAVID A. WILDER (Florida Institute of Technology)

Organizational behavior management (OBM) is the application of applied behavior analysis in organizational settings. OBM encompasses a wide range of topics, including but not limited to systems analysis, financial contingencies, training, goal setting, feedback, pinpointing, and leadership. It is applied to address issues such as safety, health and wellbeing, consumer behavior, and organizational culture. Because of its breadth, it can be challenging to design an introductory course in this field of study. This panel will discuss what content should be covered and where we would recommend additional practice in an introductory course on OBM. We will also review what considerations would modify the structure and content of the course, such as if it is undergraduate/graduate, expertise and competency of the instructor, and type of program the course is being taught in. Attendees will be provided with recommendations for where to find additional teaching resources, including readings, activities, and example course syllabi.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

The target audience for this panel are individuals who are currently teaching OBM-related content or are interested in developing a course on OBM or supervision.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the different topics typically covered in an introductory OBM course 2. Discuss several considerations when designing this type of course 3. Identify where they can find additional resources for an OBM course and to support instructor competency



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