Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W20
CE Offered: BACB
Using Performance Improvement Methods to Start and Manage an ABA Human Services Organization.
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D.
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC), JOSEPH D. CAUTILLI (Children Crisis Treatment Center/St. Joseph's University), SHANE D. ISLEY (FEAT of Washington)
Description: With several decades of research data and implementation outcomes to support its use, Performance Improvement has become a key OBM methodology in many companies. In this workshop, particpants will receive up-to-date information and instruction in use of this methodology to start and manage an ABA human services organization. Examples of areas that will be covered include employee selection methods, pinpointing, setting targets, functional assessment to address problem performance, reinforcement of employee performance, using behavioral anchors, assessment centers, behavioral coaching, six sigma methods, and others.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will learn to: 1) State three key approaches for selecting staff 2) State and describe three methods to evaluate staff performance 3) State examples of staff improvement goals and improvement approaches 4) Identify and discuss the research base for performance improvement methods (at least 3 studies or references that are empirically derived) 5) state key expected performance outcomes and ABA service delivery standards 6) State methods of assessing bases of problem performance and approaches to rectify these problems 7) state and demonstrate key data collection and display methods for staff performance 8) State three key behavioral coaching methods for performance improvement purposes
Activities: 1) Identify the type and nature of service organization participants may wish to establish, or learn to manage using PI methods 2) Identify systems to establish the organization and how it will carry out its mission. Participants will write sample mission and vision statements 3) create a basic business plan for carrying out the mission and type of staff needed to carry it out, and create basic systems for staff selection using methods presented 4) participants will draft standards of performance and behavior analytic service delivery expected of their staff and organization 5) create systems of staff performance measurement and goal setting, along with means of reinforcing desired and improved performance (and how it will be measured) 6) small group activity to conduct functional assessment and devise a plan or approach in a work setting for addressing problem performance 7) Practice devising and conducting behavioral interview method for selecting new staff
Audience: Applied Behavior Analysts, Organizational Behavior Management specialists (entry or intermediate level), human services managers, current and would-be founders or directors of a program, entreprenuers in establishing ABA based service organizations.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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