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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W53
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Instruction Is More Than a Discrete Trial: What Your Staff Really Need to Know to Provide Quality Services
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
303 (Convention Center)
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Gina Marie Feliciano, Ph.D.
GINA MARIE FELICIANO (Bilinguals, Inc.), ANYA K. SILVER (Bilinguals, Inc.), ANIKA COSTA (Bilinguals, Inc.)
Description: Identifying resources for training staff to provide intensive behavior analytic services in overtaxed, underfunded programs is a common challenge in the current economy. Providers of such instruction need more than the ABCs of ABA, and need it quickly. This workshop will provide employers, managers, supervisors, and/or behavior analysts with a set of training modules to accomplish just that. Out of necessity, we developed, implemented, tested, and revised this staff training series. This training package emerged from the needs of a large, urban behavior analytic program where supervision requirements were high due to the abilities of the staff. The package can, however, be customized to fit the needs of any organization trying to capitalize on limited resources. Each of the five modules incorporates three repertoires per topic per trainee: verbal behavior about the science, a verbally mediated activity, and requirements of contingency shaped behaviors. Workshop participants will be provided with an overview of literature related to training modules, training sequence, accompanying PowerPoint presentations, strategies for implementation, data collection procedures, and written or practical assignments for each module. Each of the workshop instructors is well practiced in high intensity, high volume training for staff of all levels; come learn from our mistakes!
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify three behavior analytic repertoires that their staff will be able to demonstrate following implementation of modules

Define the terms "verbally mediated," "contingency shaped," and "verbal behavior about the science"

Implement a staff training protocol

Activities: Attendees will participate in an interactive workshop that will provide them with a bundled instructional package to be pyramid or turnkey trained to providers/teachers/frontline staff of varying skills/academic backgrounds. Data, procedures, and materials used to train will be reviewed and demonstrated. Participants will leave the workshop with the ability to train staff immediately.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for those responsible for devising, implementing, and monitoring staff training in DTT, EIBI, or other behavior analytic teaching settings. Attendees will hold an advanced degree in education/special education, psychology, and/or behavior analysis with advanced skills in staff training. Attendees should have a demonstrated ability in arena style or large group trainings and presentations.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Autism, staff training, Teaching ABA, teaching modules



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