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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W27
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
A Practitioner's Guide to Clinical Decision Making
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall F
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Erica Jowett Hirst, Ph.D.
ERICA JOWETT HIRST (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)
Description: This workshop will provide an opportunity for practitioners (or soon-to-be practitioners) to enhance their clinical skill set by working through a variety of activities targeting appropriate skill selection based on the characteristics of an individual client (rather than as a progression through a list of skills), data-based decision making (going beyond the basics, troubleshooting), programming for generalization, and solving common clinical challenges. The content of this workshop is based on the clinical experiences and education of the presenter and is used for training second-year Master's degree students in an ABAI-accredited behavior-analysis program. Overall, participants will have an increased ability to think critically about the decisions they make in the practice of behavior analysis, which should lead to better outcomes for the clients they serve.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) select appropriate skills to target given an individual's age and level of functioning; (2) make decisions based on a set of data (e.g., when to discontinue a skill, change a reinforcer, change a prompt level or type of prompt); (3) program for generalization based on the conditions under which the skill was taught; (4) respond to challenging clinical situations that are common to the practice of behavior analysis.
Activities: All workshop participants will be guided through a workbook that targets skills such as goal selection, data-based decision making, programming for generalization, and problem solving. The presenter will provide instructions for each activity, then participants will work through the activities in the workbook, first individually, then the instructor will lead participants through a group discussion, during which participants can share their answers and receive feedback for the decision they made.
Audience: The target audience is graduate students and new practitioners (less than 5 years experience).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): decision making, goal-setting, problem solving, programming generalization



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