Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Competency-Based Staff Training Within an Applied Verbal Behavior Program
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
206 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Michael Miklos, M.S.
MICHAEL MIKLOS (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network), AMIRIS DIPUGLIA (PaTTAN/ Autism Initiative)
Description: Derived from a large scale behavior analytic public schools consultation program, this workshop will describe a model to train instructional staff to deliver protocols for intensive teaching and mand training. The session will review training methods for establishing both behavior analytic conceptual skills as well as effective instruction for students with autism. Emphasis will be placed on training methods to establish the use of transfer of stimulus control procedures across both verbal and non-verbal operants. The workshop will review processes used to establish skill sets in analogue training and through on-site guided practice. Analogue training procedures will include competencies for intensive teaching, mand training, and data collection procedures. On-site guided practice as a training model will focus on options for providing objective feedback on performance in relation to treatment integrity. The workshop will provide participants with training materials that have been developed as part of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network Autism Initiative.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

State five characteristics of effective group instruction as a form of staff training

Demonstrate skills needed to complete competency checks for processes including errorless teaching, error correction procedures, tacting trial types (by verbal and non-verbal operants), and transfer of operant control procedures

Structure and administer codes for tracking transfer of operant control during intensive teaching sessions and during mand training

Organize basic materials and forms used in staff training

Activities: Participants will be provided models of effective competency-based staff training, and they will practice administering various skill-based competency checks, practice administering observational codes for instructional competency and deriving relevant recommendations based on observational data, and review various materials including video models used in staff training.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for behavior analysts providing consultation and training in school based settings, particularly autism support programs.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): autism, public schools, staff training, verbal behavior



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