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 #W31
CE Offered: BACB — 
The Business of Applied Behavior Analysis: Setting Up, Growing, and Maintaining Applied Behavior Analysis Businesses
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom G
Area: PRA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Misty Jones, M.A.
PETER STURMEY (The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York), ADRIENNE FITZER (The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc. (ABAC)), MISTY JONES (Long Island ABA)
Description: Graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis gives new professionals basic training in theory and skills focused mostly on working with individuals. Some people, however, desire or go on to set up their own business, an endeavor that requires new skills not taught at graduate school. The workshop will review some of the issues in setting up ABA businesses illustrated by two different companies. The first provides online continuing education and training and consultation services. The second provides ABA services mostly to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual disabilities, their staff and families. The workshop will discuss the application of general ABA and organizational behavior management principles, such as data collection and analysis, modification of effort to increase recruitment to services in ABA businesses. The workshop will also identify common ethical challenges in the business of ABA and how to manage and resolve such challenges.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) list common challenges when first opening their own business, including business plans, hiring independent contractors and employees, health care law, insurance billing and state regulations; (2) describe the difference between being an independent contractor and a business owner; (3) identify key things a business owner needs to do at the inception of the business and the behavior that they must engage in to grow and maintain their new business; (4) identify common pitfalls and managing the risks; (5) describe how to diversify your business, expand your client base, develop your staff, reduce turnover; and (6) identify common ethical challenges in business and how to resolve them.
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture, discussion, and small group work on case studies.
Audience: The target audience includes graduate level trainees in ABA and new practitioners considering or involved in setting up ABA businesses.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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