Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #498
CE Offered: BACB — 
Teaching and Supporting Professional Behavior in Academic and Clinical Settings
Monday, May 25, 2020
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Capitol/Congress
Area: OBM/AUT; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Danielle L. Gureghian, Ph.D.
Chair: Danielle L. Gureghian (Garden Academy)
LAURA L. GROW (Garden Academy)
TIFFANY KODAK (Marquette University)
SARAH A. LECHAGO (University of Houston-Clear Lake)

There are a number of applied studies demonstrating how to effectively supervise and teach clinical skills in autism service provision such as data collection, behavioral assessment, and intervention (e.g., behavioral skills training). However, there is a paucity of research on how to teach professional behavior such as communicating effectively to different audiences, establishing healthy boundaries, and prioritizing time-sensitive tasks. As professors and clinical supervisors in the area of autism spectrum disorder, we use principles of behavior analysis and applications from organizational behavior management to teach our supervisees clinical and professional skills. A panel of faculty from academic programs and directors from an autism service provider will discuss the following topics: (1) the critical skills and behaviors of supervisors and supervisees used to support professional behavior, (2) how applications from organizational behavior management can be used to establish effective supervisory systems and processes, and (3) how the panelists have established, evaluated, and maintained effective supervisory systems in their own organizations.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners in autism service provision, professors in academic settings, leaders of organizations providing autism services

Learning Objectives: At the end of the panel, the audience will be able to: 1- Describe critical professional skills in the area of autism research and service provision 2- Describe the systems and processes that supervisors can use to support professional behavior 3- Identify strategies for implementing, evaluating, and maintaining systems that support professional behavior
Keyword(s): Organizational behavior, Professional behavior, Supervision



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