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 #386
CE Offered: BACB
Unlocking Potential: The Behavior Analyst and Public Schools
Monday, May 27, 2024
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon G
Area: EDC/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Melissa Connor-Santos, M.A.
Chair: Jessica Piazza (Endicott College)
VALBONA DEMIRI (Hopewell Valley Regional School District; Endicott College)
MELISSA CONNOR-SANTOS (Jackson Township School District; Endicott College)
REGINA SYMONS (Aspire Living and Learning, Inc; Endicott College)
Abstract: Public schools are complex environments housing students with diverse needs and professionals of varying expertise. While around 12% of behavior analysts primarily focus their work in public schools, there is likely a larger percentage of behavior analysts collaborating with public school programs as a portion of their daily work. However, there is a lack of clarity regarding what training behavior analysts receive prior to working within public education. Successful behavior analysts in public schools require knowledge that extends beyond traditional behavior analytic coursework, encompassing areas such as child development, education law, the distinct roles of educational staff, interdisciplinary collaboration, and academic interventions. Consequently, there is an evident need to prepare behavior analysts to develop skills tailored to the specific demands of public school contexts. This panel consists of experienced clinicians who have worked extensively in public education and are united in their dedication to establishing educational frameworks for the preparation of behavior analysts to work effectively in public school settings. Throughout our discussion, we will delve into the essential competencies required for the advancement of our profession in education and address obstacles, whether in applied behavior analysis or the educational realm, that we must surmount to expand our influence.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: BCBA's or BCBA trainees seeking greater competence in working in public school settings. BCBA or BCBA trainees are interested in gaining insights into the challenges of working in public school settings and would like to obtain additional knowledge about ways to overcome these challenges.
Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to identify areas of competence required to work effectively in public school settings. 2) Participants will be able to identify barriers to receiving education and training relevant to public schools and possible pathways forward. 3) Participants will be able to identify tools for improving collaboration, coaching and facilitate ethical decision making in public schools.
Keyword(s): collaboration, education, public schools, school consultation



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