Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: BACB
The ABC's of Consulting in School Districts.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kristen M. Villone, Ph.D.
KRISTEN M. VILLONE (Melmark), NOELLE M. GREEN (Haddonfield School District)
Description: One of the biggest challenges behavior analysts face when consulting in school districts is balancing the role of "invited guest" with the role of "professional with expertise." Consultants working in school districts may also be challenged more by the behavior of the service providers than that of the identified student(s). The experiences of veteran consultants (with 19 and 11 years of clinical experience) who made the transition from clinical settings to school districts will offer unique perspectives on strategies and approaches they have found invaluable.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: --Describe common types of services most often requested by school districts. --Identify/address the primary "client" and/or presenting problem(s) --Understand the importance of body language, staff perceptions, documentation, and communication during classroom observations. --Have a better sense of a consultant's role (and how to establish boundaries). --Learn common mistakes made by consultants and how to avoid them. --Obtain a "blueprint" of how to set up/conduct classroom observations. --Obtain a "blueprint" of the veteran consultant's basic ABA training seminar. --Learn strategies that build teamwork and motivate staff when you're a "visitor" in their "home." --Have a better understanding of the interpersonal dynamics and contingencies in school districts. --Develop a better understanding of how to address ethical issues which may arise during consultations.
Activities: Participants will receive handouts to aid reviewing the workshop�s learning objectives during the first part of the workshop. The second part of the workshop will consist of a problem-solving discussion of different types of obstacles, scenarios and case examples the presenters have experienced. As time permits, audience members will be encouraged to present their own obstacles/issues for problem-solving.
Audience: Anyone interested in consulting in school districts, especially relatively new consultants who have ABA experience teaching children with developmental disabilities and training staff in clinical settings
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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