Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W38
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Effective ABA in Applied Settings
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
304 (Convention Center)
Area: AUT/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Susan E. Henson, M.S.
SUSAN E. HENSON (Wellspring)
Description: Routinely providing services in applied settings, we've become very good at using strategies as written in our textbooks; however, implementing strategies exactly as written in a textbook is not exactly applied, is it? It is imperative that we as behaviorists individualize programs to the consumer while remaining effective and ethical. How do we strike the balance between effective for a client and true to our science in an applied setting? This workshop will review how to implement specific principles, such as extinction and parameters of reinforcement, in applied settings to achieve significant changes in behavior while building and maintaining buy-in and compliance from staff, parents, and additional caregivers. Learning objectives of this workshop will include such topics as motivation, parameters of reinforcement, preventative strategies, types of differential reinforcement, and applying additional strategies to minimize extinction bursts. Interaction is a must in this workshop. A comprehensive teaching style will be used, including but not limited to active verbal discussion, video, tricky case examples, and practice activities. Take-home materials will be provided.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Implement differential reinforcement effectively

Use parameters of reinforcement to decrease maladaptive behavior and increase alternative skills

Problem-solve motivation for the consumer

Practice strategies to minimize extinction bursts and increase buy-in and compliance with staff, parents, and additional caregivers

Activities: This workshop's introduction will review common videos that come up when searching for ABA on the Internet, showing rigidity and limited scope of ABA in applied settings. We will also engage in interactive verbal discussion, demonstration, role play, and interactive practice activities. One such activity includes practicing observation while showing that short-term change can be easy but long-term change can be difficult, demonstrating the need for effective use of ABA in applied settings to achieve long-term change in those settings.
Audience: This workshop's target audience includes introductory and intermediate level BCBAs, as well as additional professionals looking for more information regarding ABA and effective strategies in applied settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): applied settings, extinction, motivation, reinforcement parameters



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