Association for Behavior Analysis International

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OBM in Health and Human Services Conference; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #4
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Building a Sustainable Clinical Safety Culture
Friday, May 26, 2017
11:50 AM–12:40 PM
Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom D
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Nicholas Weatherly, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
NICHOLAS WEATHERLY (Aubrey Daniels International)
Dr. Nicholas Weatherly is a management consultant with Aubrey Daniels International where he leads their instructional systems projects and consults in a number of areas of business and industry, including banking, manufacturing, sales, and clinical services. Dr. Weatherly is President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts and Past-President of both the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University's Applied Behavior Analysis Program where his research and studies centered on performance management interventions, behavior-based safety, behavioral systems analysis, and programmed instruction. Prior to joining ADI, Dr. Weatherly spent 5 years as a university professor, conducting research and teaching courses across a variety of areas of experimental and applied behavior analysis. He specializes in coaching systems, organizational assessments, training systems, and performance measurement systems. Over the years, Dr. Weatherly has held advisory roles and served on the board of directors for a number of professional associations, advocacy groups, and service facilities including the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Autism Treatment Association of Minnesota. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and continues to work actively on numerous ethics workgroups and committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Weatherly holds part-time academic appointments with a number of universities including Western Michigan University and the MBA Program at Regis University. He was the inaugural chair of the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, one of the first stand-alone licensing boards for behavior analysis in the country, and continues to stay active in public policy efforts.
Abstract: Clinical settings, as with any organization, face their own set of unique challenges and opportunities. Whether you’re a new clinician or a veteran leader there are going to be some habits you’re trying to get rid of and new habits you’re trying to build. Building safe, ethical, and practical habits in your particular clinical setting can lead to demonstrable value, and ensuring your management systems are sustainable and replicable can change your culture and impact growth. The purpose of this address is to discuss safety in the context of organizational culture and multi-level management solutions, while offering tips for sustainable clinical safety systems.
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; graduate students; licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: Pending.



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