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 #442
CE Offered: BACB
Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Increasing Social Validity, Treatment Fidelity, and Interdisciplinary "Buy-In" in Clinical Settings
Monday, May 29, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1C/D
Area: DDA/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Vivian A. Attanasio, M.S.
Chair: Amanda Duva (Services for the Underserved)
WILLIAM SHEA (Services for the UnderServed)
FRED FRANCOIS (Services for the UnderServed)
JOHN LAMPEN (Services for the UnderServed)

In many clinical setting, the success of ABA-based interventions requires interdisciplinary collaboration between professionals coming from a broad range of backgrounds. Notwithstanding, there sometimes is a clinical chasm between those responsible for the development of interventions and those who are responsible for their implementation. For example it is not unusual for direct support professional (DSPs) to be trained on interventions with very little information about the assessment and development process. In situations like these, DSPs may be difficult. This can impact social validity and treatment fidelity. The panel will discuss strategies they have used successfully to overcome such problems, and bridge the gap between staff responsible for developing and implementing ABA-based interventions. Experiences from interdisciplinary perspectives will be presented, including those of DSPs and Registered Behavior Technicians.

Instruction Level: Basic



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