Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Caregivers' Cooperation and Application of Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Granite C
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Monica Gilbert, M.S.
MONICA GILBERT (Crystal Minds New Beginning )
Description: Behavior Analysts who work with the Autism population often find barriers when attempting to provide parent training (PT). Although behavior analysts offer strategies and successfully change behaviors, it can be difficult for parents to adhere to treatment. A reason for parent's inability to follow treatment may be due to resistance. Resistance is defined as a private event that is evoked by an antecedent stimuli (clinician's verbal behavior), which is reinforced by escape of that aversive stimuli. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an empirically proven intervention that has shown substantial success in the literature in changing addictive behaviors in substance abusers, medication adherence, and developmental disabilities. MI uses change talk strategies to increase cooperation and therefore decrease resistance. Thus, alterations in interactions between clinicians and parents can change parental private internal events. In this workshop, we will speak about private events as Skinner defined them and as they relate to MI strategies. We will also present the proven strategies of MI to decrease resistance and foster a collaborative working relationship between parents and clinicians. The Transtheoretical model (stages of readiness) will also be discussed as it relates to the momentary effects of motivating operations.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Assess parent's motivation based on the trans-theoretical model and using different proven measures (2) Provide examples of effective change talk strategies to develop and build collaborative relationships with parents; (3) Describe motivation using private events (4) Identify traps that can harm clinician-parental relationships; (5) Describe key features of effective MI strategies; (6) Measure change talk vs. counter-change talk; (7) Identify key features necessary for cooperative relationships between caregivers and clinicians.
Activities: Workshop activities will include didactic instruction, small group breakout, guided practice and role plays.
Audience: BCaBA, BCBA, graduate students and Licensed psychologist
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): autism, parent engagement, parent training, private events



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