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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #113
CE Offered: BACB — 
PDS: How to Win Friends From Other Disciplines: Successful Outcomes Through Collaboration
Saturday, May 23, 2020
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence A-C
Area: TBA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Evelyn Rachael Gould, Ph.D.
Chair: Kathryn Atkins (University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Kennedy Krieger Institute)
CLAIRE C. ST. PETER (West Virginia University)
EVELYN RACHAEL GOULD (McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School; FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.)
PETER GIROLAMI (Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Collaborating with professionals in other disciplines is vital to the success of those we serve but is also one of the most difficult parts of the job. Teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, pediatricians, social workers, and psychiatrists bring unique areas of expertise, and collaboration means finding common ground. Successful collaboration may also require some persuasion and translating behavior analytic terms into their language to teach others what our science has to offer. This panel includes experienced behavior analysts from school, hospital, and mental health settings who have experience collaborating with diverse professionals from other disciplines. They will provide their perspectives on the benefits of working with others and provide strategies for how to navigate potential challenges. They will give insight into navigating ethical issues that may arise when working with multidisciplinary teams. They will offer recommendations on how to make friends and influence people to provide the best services possible for those we serve.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

The target audience in practicing behavior analysts who work in setting that require collaboration with professionals from other disciplines.

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe the benefits of working with professionals from other disciplines. 2. Participants will be able to use persuasion and negotiation skills in order to achieve their goals when working with professionals with other disciplines. 3. Participants will be able to identify ethical issues that may arise when working with an interdisciplinary team and use problem-solving strategies to address these issues to act in the best interest of the client.
Keyword(s): collaboration, multidisciplinary team, professional development, service delivery



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