Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Tutorial #268A
CE Offered: BACB — 
Global Dissemination of Autism Treatment, a Cross-Cultural Comparison of Supervision Practices
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon H
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Paula Kenyon, Ph.D.
Chair: Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
Presenting Authors: : PAULA KENYON (Northeastern University, Grupo Método & Jano Saúde)

As Autism treatments based in Applied Behavior Analysis become widely spread and its results known to countries other than the United States, practitioners, families, and payors start seeking such treatments. In Brazil, practitioners seek training, however, the training mostly occurs via brief courses with no standardized curricula. A small number of specialization programs now offer a more structured curriculum, yet many professionals in Brazil travel to the United States to participate in short training and return advertising themselves as having expertise in specific techniques and practices within ABA without having the formal training required to be a BCBA. The best practices of supervision of an ABA-based program have not been directly trained in most Brazilian clinics, and we often observe supervisors with little to no actual relevant experience taking on roles they are not prepared to engage in. Resources to evaluate clinical competencies are in the beginning stages of being translated to Portuguese and adapted to Brazilian culture while a framework for addressing performance deficits of supervisees is being explored. Professional credentialing is under way, and we see a bright future for ABA services in Autism treatment in Brazil with some battles to win initially.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Supervisors who provide ABA services for individuals with learning and behavioral deficits.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe and compare the certification requirements to engage in ABA supervisory activities in the US and Brazil; (2) list at least 3 supervisory best practices; (3) identify resources to evaluate own clinical competencies; (4) describe a framework for addressing performance deficits of supervisees.
PAULA KENYON (Northeastern University, Grupo Método & Jano Saúde)
Paula Braga-Kenyon, Ph.D., has been a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2001. She has held various senior positions in the field of ABA, and most recently was Chief Clinical Officer at Trumpet Behavioral Health and Kadiant. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University since 2006. Paula is widely published, and her articles can be found in peer reviewed journals such as Nature, Autism Research, EJOBA, JABA, JEAB, and The Psychological Record. She also serves as guest reviewer for many of these journals. Her research interests include clinical quality and outcomes, clinical operations, stimulus control, discrimination learning, sleep, and naturalistic teaching.



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