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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Invited Paper Session #260
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Creating Recommended Practice Guidelines for Applied Behavior Analytic Service Delivery

Sunday, May 28, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica L. Thomason-Sassi (New England Center for Children)
LINDA A. LEBLANC (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting LLC)
Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist, is the President of LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting. She previously served as a professor at Claremont MeKenna College, Western Michigan University, and Auburn University, and as the Executive Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on topics such as behavioral treatment of autism, technology-based behavioral interventions, behavioral gerontology, and system development in human services. Dr. LeBlanc is an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and the Literature Review Editor for Education and Treatment of Children. She has previously served as an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Practice guidelines synthesize the published literature on a particular area of applied practice. Practice guidelines may also include specific recommendations for use of strategies and models to guide clinical decision-making. Agencies that provide applied behavior analytic (ABA) services can use practice guidelines to standardize their clinical services in pursuit of enhanced quality. This presentation presents a model for how to create recommended practice guidelines. The model includes a structured approach to literature synthesis, creation of tools and templates that facilitate implementation of best practices, and incorporation of feedback on utility to the practicing behavior analyst. This presentation focuses on the organizational systems that must be developed in order to develop and implement recommended practice guidelines at large scale. In addition, the presentation will include two examples of published practice guidelines that have been developed using the model. The first example focuses on recommended practices for selecting measures for problem behavior. The second example focuses on recommended practices for individual supervision for aspiring behavior analysts.

Target Audience:

Practicing behavior analysts

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the steps in the process for creating recommended practice guidelines; (2) identify the conditions that suggest the need for a specific decision-making tool to facilitate implementation of the recommended practices; (3) identify measures of problem behavior based on the topography of the behavior and the situational constraints of the environment.



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