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 #W65
CE Offered: BACB
A Guide to Building School Staff Capacity in Applied Behaviour Analysis in School Districts
Friday, May 24, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 8
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jennifer Nieradka, M.Ed.
MARILYN GREEN (Ottawa Catholic School Board), JENNIFER NIERADKA (Ottawa Catholic School Board)
Description: This workshop is tailored for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) working in public schools, aiming to equip them with an effective framework for training school staff in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The objective is to help BCBAs meet the critical mandate of training teachers to provide inclusive and high-quality education for all students. Participants will delve into the success story of a school district with over 42,000 students and 6,000 staff members, which initiated a transformative capacity-building project in 2017. The journey began with basic ABA training and evolved to encompass advanced treatments like Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment. Attendees will gain insights into this progression and participate in Behavioral Skills Training (BST) sessions to develop their own ABA staff training plans. This interactive workshop will guide BCBAs in creating comprehensive training plans, addressing barriers, collecting training data, and assessing training effectiveness. Furthermore, attendees will learn how to effectively market their training initiatives to the relevant stakeholders. Over the past six years, this framework has served as a blueprint for other school districts seeking to enhance their ABA training efforts. Join us to explore the transformative potential of ABA in inclusive education.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to . . . 1. Describe the steps to start building capacity in ABA staff training in your school district. 2. Create an ABA training plan for your organization, including a plan to market your training. 3. List and evaluate barriers to a system-wide paradigm shift in a school district.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of storytelling, guided practice and small group activities. Participants will go through a Behavioural Skills Training (BST) model of training to create their own plan to market and train ABA within their organization.
Audience: BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, Educators and School Administrators
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): dissemination, public schools, staff training



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