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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Workshop #W12
CE Offered: BACB — 
Working Together Effectively Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Adrienne Hursh, M.A.
FUMI HORNER (Behavioral Perspective Applied Behavior Analysis; The Chicago School, Chicago), ADRIENNE HURSH (Pyles and Associates )
Description: Teamwork or collaboration is essential to produce the most effective outcomes when treating clients. This collaboration becomes more difficult when it involves other professionals from other disciplines (e.g., speech, OT, psychiatrist, etc.) and not all team members have the same philosophical perspective when addressing client challenges. Collaboration is not simply talking to other team members, it includes other variables that the field of ABA has yet to clarify. Despite the usefulness and importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, empirical research on interdisciplinary collaboration is almost non-existent. Research on interlocking behavior contingencies and behavior systems analysis helps to highlight the necessity of connecting treatment components across individuals of a group and analyzing their outcomes based on treatment goals. This workshop analyzes the common philosophical conflicts between BCBAs and other professionals, identifies where the gaps are, and proposes some solutions. Solutions proposed in this workshop are based on what is currently in the literature and information collected from treatment evaluations of current collaborations.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1. Identify roles and responsibilities of various members of interdisciplinary teams, 2. Identify components and outcomes of effective collaboration, and 3. Create a plan to establish an effective collaboration model
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through presentation of information, group activities with guided practice, and group discussion.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop are any professionals that work with clients including graduate students, BCBAs and other professionals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): BSA, interdisciplinary collaboration, Interlocking contingencies



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