Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W63
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Evidenced-Based Practice and Building Capacity
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
618/619 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Hanna Rue, Ph.D.
HANNA RUE (May Institute), MARISA PETRUCCELLI (May Institute), MARIA KNOX (May Institute)
Description: There are a number of systematic reviews of the treatment literature for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) published in recent years. These reviews have led to the identification of evidence-based practice (EBP) for individuals with an ASD. In order to apply EBP in an agency, school, or community-based setting, professionals must develop a systematic plan to build capacity. Capacity building can include many components including assessment of needs, goal setting, leadership development, competency-based training, and monitoring of progress. This workshop will clarify what is meant by EBP so behavior analysts can speak meaningfully about this movement. Behavior analysts will become familiar with a range of EBP reviews of the treatment literature for individuals with an ASD. A comprehensive review of the results of the initial National Standards Project and the follow-up project, National Standards Project II, will be provided. A model and tools to build capacity in a systematic manner will be reviewed. The model will focus on systems change in human service agencies and schools, but tools can be valuable in other settings as well.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Define evidence-based practice for individuals with an ASD

Identify specific interventions and/or treatments found to have quality empirical support in the treatment literature

Describe several sources of evidence-based intervention reviews including target populations and key review standards

Identify steps necessary to systematically build capacity within a human service agency or school setting

Utilize tools provided in the workshop to initiate capacity building

Activities: Participants will review the results of the National Standards Project and other evidence-based literature, evaluate current capacity within their system, and develop plans to build capacity by utilizing tools, guides, and worksheets provided by workshop instructors.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop is behavior analysts, psychologists, educators, administrators, and managers in human service agencies and educational settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): capacity building, evidence-based practice, National Standards, systemic change



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