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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W23
CE Offered: BACB
Professional Consulting: 25 Essential Skills & Strategies for Behavior Analysts.
Friday, May 23, 2008
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University, BMC, FABA), MARY R. BURCH ( Workshops)
Description: Professionals who desire to serve as behavioral consultants in the autism, DD, or education community or with businesses and organizations need to have a huge repertoire of skills in order to be effective; simply having mastered the science and technology of behavior and is not sufficient to guarantee success. We are in direct competition with a number of other related professional fields which train their consultants much more rigorously than we do and we stand to become a second-class profession by comparison. I interviewed executive coaches, senior consultants, internship supervisors, and behavioral faculty to determine the skills necessary to make a consultant successful in todays market. In addition I asked them to provide me with scenarios which would capture the range of challenges that consultants are expected to deal with on a daily basis. These scenarios were carefully analyzed to determine the necessary skills and strategies one would need to be a successful consultant. In this presentation we will describe what experts in the field consider to be the 25 Essential Skills and Strategies for Behavior Analysts. These 25 skills are grouped into the following five categories: I. The Basic Consulting Repertoire, II. People Skills, III. Applying Behavioral Skills, IV. Essential Work Habits, V. Advanced Consulting Skills. Participants will learn how to apply these skills using real-world scenarios submitted by professional behavioral consultants.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe the 25 Skills necessary to be effective behavioral consultants. 2. Participants, given a real-world scenario, will be able to describe the skills necessary to overcome the challenge(s) described. 3. Participants will troubleshoot situations that are presented and describe how they can be prevented in real-world consulting situations.
Activities: 1. Slideshow presentations describing the 25 Skills and how they are applied 2. Participants will submit consulting problem scenarios and learn to analyze and suggest solutions. 3. Participants will work in groups to analyze situations and role-play solutions to common problems in consulting.
Audience: New BACBs and experienced professionals who are interested in improving their effectiveness in dealing with common consulting problems in autism, DD, education, and business consulting situations.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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