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.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Panel #66
CE Offered: BACB
Retaining Qualified Behavior Interventionists: Assessing Variables and Addressing Barriers
Monday, September 30, 2019
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C3
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Meghan Herron, M.S.
Chair: Paula Pompa-Craven (Easterseals Southern California)
RICK GUTIERREZ (Easterseals Southern California)
MEGHAN HERRON (Easterseals Southern California)
ALYSSA KAVNER (Easterseals Southern California)

Staff turnover negatively affects the quality of interventions that clinicians provide to individuals diagnosed with autism. The turnover rate for Behavior Interventionists providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism is exceptionally high, and a significant percentage are voluntary resignations. A frontline Behavior Interventionist’s job duties are typically characterized by variables that have been correlated with high turnover rates in other industries. One such variable is consistency of work. This panel will present retention rates across a representative sample of US clinics that provide behavioral interventions to individuals with autism. The presenters will provide results of a study that evaluated the role of consistency of work as represented by parent and staff session cancellations on staff turnover. Finally, strategies in the areas of work/pay stability, leadership, and new-hire turnover that have helped increase retention will be presented. Based on the retention status within the organization, next steps will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board Certified Behavior Analysts, service providers, and academic faculty.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will learn demographics and characteristics of Behavior Interventionists that correlate to high turnover rates in applied behavior analysis services for individuals with autism. 2. Attendees will learn the relationship between consistency of work, as defined by session appointment cancellations, and retention of Behavior Interventionists providing ABA services. 3. Attendees will learn strategies to reduce turnover rates for staff members providing ABA services.
Keyword(s): ABA Staff, Behavior Interventionists, Retention, Staff Turnover



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