Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #255
CE Offered: BACB
The Use of RBT's/BCBAs to Change the Face of Adult Services
Sunday, May 24, 2020
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty N-P
Area: CSS/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Terence G. Blackwell, M.S.
Chair: Terence G. Blackwell (Chimes International Limited)
SAUL AXELROD (Temple University)
JAMES G. O'BRIEN (New York League for Early Learning)
VIVIAN A. ATTANASIO (Services for the Underserved)

In a variety of settings, the requirements of funding sources (such as CMS and State Medicaid authorities) are increasingly enforcing the use of evidence-based practices where public funding is provided. The creation of the RBT credential which was accredited by the NCCA in 2016 created a great opportunity to improve the lives of persons receiving care in adult day settings, whether that be residential, vocational or of a day treatment model. The presenters are actively working in the I/DD and Autism space of human services, implementing "evidence-based practices" in a variety of states and settings. During the course of the past few years, the ability to train direct service staff in ABA principals has greatly reduced both staff turnover and injury on the job for the two agencies represented by the presenters. We will review where and how we began, with the assistance of Dr. Brian Iwata and how we continue to seek to train staff to competency in a field that previously had little evidence based practice despite decades of funding.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs and BCaBA seeking to understand how to implement an increased proficiency in existing (and planned) human service and health care organizations.

Learning Objectives: 1) identify where the use of an RBT can assist in maintaining funding for existing programs 2) articulate the supervision requirements for RBTs to practice under the supervision of a BCBA 3) demonstrate knowledge of 3 key behaviors to shape on existing staff in order to implement an evidence-based practice.



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