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 #200
CE Offered: BACB
Extending Behavior Analysis into Public Service: Applications Within the Fire Service
Sunday, May 24, 2020
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty I-L
Area: OBM/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Natalie A. Parks, Ph.D.
Chair: Natalie A. Parks (Behavior Leader)
MASON WASHINGTON (Behavior Leader; Robertson Fire Protection District)
PAUL PEEBLES (Behavior Leader; Robertson Fire Protection District)
TYLER BONNELL (Behavior Leader; Orange County Fire Department)

Behavior analysts know that our science can be applied to many different industries and social problems. One application of this is within the public service industry. Behavior Leader combined those who were traditionally trained as behavior analysts and those who were traditionally trained as firefighters to address common organizational problems within the fire service industry. Panelists will discuss four projects that cover two different applications of behavior analysis into fire stations as well as future directions. First, the panel will discuss diversity and inclusion issues within the fire service and how behavior analysis can be used to assess and address the diversity of the workforce and the culture that allows or does not allow inclusion of all. Second, the panel will discuss billing optimization of EMS services and how behavior analysis can be applied to create new systems that maximize payment of claims. Finally, the panel will discuss other opportunities where behavior analysts can extend our science into the public service world by working with fire fighters, police officers, elected officials, and military personnel.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Any individual that is a student or certified behavior analyst who is interested in applications of behavior analysis outside of the autism field.

Learning Objectives: 1. State at least two areas of focus where behavior analysis can be used within the fire service. 2. Identify the pros of including both behavior analysts and fire fighters when working with the fire service. 3. Discuss how to extend similar services into other public service agencies.
Keyword(s): Inclusion, Leadership, Public Service, Training



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