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

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Panel #26
CE Offered: BACB
A Panel Discussion on Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
Saturday, May 27, 2017
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2B
Area: PRA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Ashley Eden Greenwald, Ph.D.
Chair: Ashley Eden Greenwald (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health)
JODIE SORACCO (University of Nevada, Reno)
CHRISTIAN SABEY (Brigham Young University)

In light of the great benefits to conducting interdisciplinary work, it is not uncommon for practitioners to harbor misconceptions without a rich understanding of each contributing discipline. A panel discussion of the impact and perceptions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) will be conducted by 4 Board Certified Behavior Analysts that work in the domain of PBS. Foundations of ABA and PBS will be discussed from the early history of ABA influencing the application of PBS. Arguments over the past few decades will be presented from both sides of the debate. ABA and PBS in practice will be reviewed including common PBS practices and terminology, highlighting how the practices are rooted to behavior analytic principles. Finally, common misconceptions of PBS will be presented and addressed (i.e., PBS is fluffy, PBS only does antecedent intervention, PBS is not ABA). By debunking these fallacies, the goal is to disseminate proper understanding of PBS and facilitate a more thorough appreciation for the principles of behavior analysis as instrumental in the application of PBS.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): PBIS, PBS



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