BALC 3rd Annual Workshops and Conference 2019

BALC 3rd Annual Workshops and Conference 2019

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  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
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    Full Day Workshop / Forum

    9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM
    Business Leadership Forum

    6 CEs; Lunch is included.

    Advanced level topics designed for business owners and individuals who are, or strive to be, leaders within their organizations.

    Fee  Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM
    Clinical Leadership Forum

    6 CEs; Lunch is included.

    Learn about advanced novel approaches in Applied Behavior Analysis delivered by clinical leaders in the field.

    Fee  Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM
    Essential for Living

    Using Essential for Living to Teach Functional Life Skills to Children and Adults with Moderate-to-Severe and Profound Disabilities Including, but not limited to, Autism

    In a one-day workshop, participants will learn to teach functional life skills using Essential for Living, a Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Assessment, Curriculum, and Teaching Manual for Children and Adults with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities, including Autism. This will be accomplished through didactic and hands-on training.

    Specifically, participants will learn to: select functional skills for older children, adults, or children with very limited skill repertoires or multiple disabilities and develop functional IEPs and ISPs, improve the effectiveness of their instruction and minimize the occurrence of problem behavior by emphasizing The Essential 8 Skills, select an alternative method of speaking for non-verbal learners that lasts a lifetime measure and document very small increments of learner progress, track learner progress with respect to functional skills and problem behavior, track very specific information about supports that learners require and easily transfer this information to new settings or new programs, and teach more effectively using specific, scientifically-validated procedures.

    6 CEs Lunch Included
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    AM Workshop

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Autism & Adulthood
    3 CEs
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    Fee  Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Ethics in ABA: How We Can Learn From Our Less Experienced Self, Staff, Students, and Colleagues

    3 Ethics CEs

    This workshop is primarily designed to help new and veteran BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs interpret, understand, and apply the ethical standards of applied behavior analysis. Specifically, this workshop will present ethics scenarios experienced by expert BCBAs earlier in their careers in terms of how they acted at the time and how they may act differently now with the benefit of time and experience. This workshop will help behavior analysts further understand (1) the importance of professional collaboration, (2) the impact of experience on ethical behavior and (3) the advantages of working with both newer and more experienced BCBAs as it relates to the ethics code. Through lecture and small group activities participants will be presented with situations confronted by behavior analysts, evaluate the ethical and legal implications, and develop potential solutions and ways to approach similar situations in his/her own practice.

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    Fee  Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Supervising Humans: A Look at Supervision Beyond the Task List

    3 Supervision CEs

    To be an effective supervisor of individuals the supervisor needs an understanding of how to effectively provide training and supervision for job skills beyond what is outlined in the task list. Although it is important and required to be in compliance with the task list, it is also important to develop an understanding of other contextual and indigenous contingencies at play for the supervisee working in a particular employment environment. These practical and unique challenges can be addressed with an understanding of individuals’ reinforcement histories and the application of evidence-based supervision protocols. This presentation will also review how to identify and develop measurable goals and objectives and performance improvement plans for supervisees.

    Fee  Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Transition Services
    3 CEs
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    Fee  Optional 
     
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Thursday Luncheon: If I Cancan, You Cancan
    Grand Ballroom
    Maysoon uses comedy to tell her tale of beating the odds as a multiple minority (Arab, Muslim, disabled woman of color) living in America. This hilarious talk is an extended version of her viral TED Talk, “I’ve Got 99 Problems and Palsy is Just One.”
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    Fee  Optional 
     

    PM Workshop

    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Afternoon Ethics
    3 Ethics CEs Please note the Morning Ethics workshop and the Afternoon Ethics workshop are 2 different workshops. Each is a stand alone 3 hour workshop.
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    Fee  Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Building Your Supervision Repertoire: Six Super Skills
    3 Supervision CEs The number of behavior analysts being hired by school districts, companies, agencies, and organizations is increasing dramatically as the value of empirical outlook and training is becoming more widely recognized and accepted. This growth has been not only in the number of behavior analysts hired but also in the various roles and responsibilities assigned to them. Many of these roles involve supervisory responsibilities requiring skills that go beyond the task list (and in many cases beyond the training of the behavior analysts) yet are critical for success. This workshop will seek to identify some of these skills and consider examples of “expert opinion” in relation to known behavioral principles and procedures. Six critical skills or sets of skills will be presented with suggestions for incorporating them into one’s on-going supervisory responsibilities.
    Fee  Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Evidence Based Practices
    3 CEs
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    Fee  Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Legal Issues
    3 CEs
    Fee  Optional 
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
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    Conference Sessions

    8:45 AM  -  9:35 AM
    Training and Treating Wholeheartedly: Identifying a Role for Compassion Practices in the Profession
    Grand Ballroom

    Within certain areas of healthcare, it has been documented that treating patients with compassion and empathy can have important benefits, such as increasing patient satisfaction, enhancing adherence to treatment, and improving clinical outcomes (e.g., Beach, et al., 2006; Hojat et al., 2011; Weiss et al., 2017). While current empirical support for these outcomes is mixed (Kirby, Tellegen & Steindl, 2017), there is increasing scientific interest in the benefits of compassion. That broad-based interest notwithstanding, the data-driven field of behavior analysis has yet to develop an operational definition of compassion, or to identify discrete compassion practices which might have applications in our clinical work. This presentation examines behavioral responses that may comprise compassion, and considers how compassionate care of our clients and ourselves can enhance our work as behavior analysts, and potentially improve clinical outcomes.

    Ethics CE

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    9:55 AM  -  11:10 AM
    BCBAs and BCaBAs as Mandatory Reporters in Connecticut
    We have a duty and obligation as Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts to be knowledgeable about the laws around our practice within our state, and to become involved with legislative initiatives that may affect the lives of consumers of our services. Recent legislation was passed in Connecticut to include BCBAs and BCaBAs as mandated reporters of abuse, neglect or exploitation, which went into effect on July 1, 2018. We’ll review the current law in Connecticut concerning mandated reporters, and what changes this new legislation involves. We will also review the process of reporting, including ways to manage difficult situations that might arise as a result.
     Optional 
    9:55 AM  -  11:10 AM
    Creating and Managing Clinical Systems in a Human Service Organization
    Large human service agencies provide amazing opportunities for organizational analysis and implementation of standard process, procedures, and cultural change interventions. This presentation will describe the process for developing clinical standards in several critical domains including client relationships and protections, assessment, data collection, and supervision. Strategies for implementation and ongoing management of the systems will also be reviewed.
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    9:55 AM  -  11:10 AM
    Making it Work: Achieving Gains in Educational Settings with Significant Programmatic Deficits
    Some of our most challenging and exciting opportunities as behavior analysts lie in our potential to make change within systems that are far from their goals. Specifically in educational settings, it can be intimidating to endeavor to effect change in systems with limited capacity. We may encounter barriers related to staff training, material resources, and perspectives that conflict with our own. This talk will present baseline and within-treatment data collected within complex educational systems using a Quality Indicator tool. We will then discuss processes for translating the data into meaningful consultation objectives and using these objectives to drive our work and maximize improvement at both the individual and system level.
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    9:55 AM  -  11:10 AM
    Raising Self-Awareness: Are You Culturally Competent?

    With the increase in demand for qualified behavior analysts across various populations requiring specialized behavioral services there is also a need for behavior analysts to be culturally competent. The field has acknowledged the need for providing future behavior analysts with the necessary training to promote cultural awareness and competence. This is a separate skill set within itself that must be taught to all practicing behavior analysts in order to ensure that culturally sensitive behavioral interventions are considered when necessary.

    Ethics CE

     Optional 
    9:55 AM  -  11:10 AM
    Shape Up Your Behavioral Chains: How to Run a Flawless Task Analysis
    This presentation will benefit direct service providers who have attempted to teach activities of daily living (ADLs) and/or other complex skills, but experienced challenges when guiding the learner through the steps of the task analysis. Chaining will be discussed from a practical point of view to clarify the differences among the three major chaining techniques including backwards, forwards, and whole task (total task). Furthermore, it can be challenging to understand which client would benefit the most from which type of chaining, so this presentation will touch on when it is most appropriate to use specific types of chaining. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of prompting hierarchies and prompt fading sequences in order to support successful teaching of skills.
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    11:25 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Linear Graph or Standard Celeration Chart? The Future of Data Display in Behavior Analysis
    The heart of data analysis for the science of behavior exists as a time series visual display called the line graph. Contemporary behavior analysis has adopted a nonstandard, linear graph. While the linear graph does provide basic information for data analysis, several limitations hamper outcome resolution. Additionally, the nonstandard nature of the graphs can negatively impact data interpretation and communication through construction graphical practices such as improper scaling and physical manipulations of the size of the graph. Therefore, behavior analysts find themselves with a limited set of options for data analysis at best, and a compromised or misleading analytic tool at worse. On the other hand the science of behavior can have a standard ratio graph that quantifies within and between condition analysis. The standard, proportional view of data and subsequent behavior change statistics offer an unparalleled suite of analytical tools and decision making tactics for practicing behavior analysts. The following presentation presents a case for a standard ratio graph, namelt the Standard Celeration Chart.
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    11:25 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Naturalistic Teaching. What, Where and How To?
    The application of teaching strategies outside of the structured classroom setting can present with unforeseen challenges. While traditional teaching strategies within ABA are successful, some are not as easily utilized within an unstructured environment, where more natural interactions and situations are occurring that our students/children need to learn to navigate. Within this presentation, the use of naturalistic teaching strategies will be discussed, with a focus on how to utilize them within a variety of environments.
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    11:25 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Tales of Behavior Analysis: Understanding Family Centered Care and Sociocultural Barriers
    The vast majority of practicing behavior analysts provide services to some of the most vulnerable individuals such as those affected by developmental disabilities, brain injury, etc. Licensure efforts have further helped to establish us a profession within the realm of human services. And yet, unlike nearly all of our counterparts in human services fields (e.g. psychology, social work, counseling), behavior analysts are not required to engage in any training specific to human service, cultural competence, or family centered care. In the workshop, case studies will be presented that illustrate critical aspects of sociocultural barriers to assessment and treatment. The purpose of this seminar is to promote the essential need for behavior analysts to develop clinical competencies outside of behavior science, but within human service delivery more broadly as it relates to ethical practice and culturally competent care.
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    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Anxiety in Autism: Assessment and Behavioral Interventions
    Anxiety is a common and impairing problem in children and adolescents with ASD. There is increasing evidence that anxiety can be accurately and reliably diagnosed and dissociated from the core ASD symptoms. Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions can be useful for anxiety in ASD. Neuroimaging studies hold promise for understanding neural mechanisms of anxiety in ASD and developing precise interventions for unique mechanisms of pathophysiology.
    Speakers:
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    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Considering Baseline Conditions of Classroom Instruction in Light of Functional Behavior Assessments
    When conducting functional behavior assessments (FBAs) in classroom settings, there are other factors than an individual child’s problem behavior a behavior analyst may need to consider. For example, the behavior analyst may discover that the “baseline classroom conditions” are inadequate. For example, instruction may not be appropriate and classroom management techniques may be inadequate. It is important for the behavior analyst to consider these baseline classroom conditions, and perhaps help resolve them, before conducting an FBA for a particular child and writing and individualized behavior support plan. This presentation will review elements of baseline classroom conditions and possible solutions to resolve problems with baseline conditions.
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    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Deliberate Coaching: The Role of Organizational Coaching Systems in Culture Change
    Decades of research on applying behavior analysis to business and leadership practices has given us a number of tools proven to be effective at creating meaningful behavior change. However, OBM is not a one-stop-shop, only to be accessed when something goes wrong. OBM is a continuous process, with value that can be seen at all stages of employee development and advancement and across all level of an organization. Good leaders don’t just wait for an issue and then work to put out the fire; they proactively assess and coach to avoid the issue in the first place. They are deliberate with their performance-improvement efforts. Systemic culture change comes through sustainable leadership initiatives and at the core of these initiatives are leadership coaching systems. The purpose of this address is to discuss leadership and coaching in the context of organizational culture and management practices, while offering tips for sustainable performance-management systems.
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    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    New Applied Behavior Analysis CPT® Codes in 2019: Where are we Now?
    On January 1, 2019, eight new Category I and two revised Category III (temporary) CPT codes for billing “adaptive behavior” services took effect. Adoption of these codes by health plans directly affected ABA providers, practices, and consumers. This tutorial will provide an overview of the new and modified codes and an update on the various implementation and valuation approaches payers have taken. A status report on the efforts of the National Steering Committee which is a collaboration among representatives of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysis, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and Autism Speaks will also be provided.
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    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Transition Assessments for High School and Transition-Age Students: Preparing for the Future
    Individuals with disabilities have poor postsecondary outcomes in comparison to typically-developing populations. Over two-thirds of individuals with intellectual disabilities are unemployed (Hendricks & Wehman, 2009) and adults with autism fared less well than neurotypicals and individuals with other disorders (Roux et al., 2013). Identifying ways to more effectively prepare students for transition to adulthood may help to improve these outcomes. Appropriate and effective interventions should be based on assessment to guide decision-making regarding targeted areas and program development. This report describes key components of a comprehensive transition assessment.
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    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Be Informed. Get Active. Live Well. The ABC’s of Employee Wellness
    Employee wellness programs are a popular benefit offered by many businesses today. Weight loss programs, gym memberships, and even adult playgrounds are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. In the human services field, these programs are not as commonly offered due in part to fiscal constraints, but there are some viable options. We will provide some examples of less costly alternatives that can be developed internally, as well as discuss the defining features of successful employee wellness programs, and how to measure their effectiveness.
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    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Common IBI Procedures: Evidence-based or Clinic Lore?
    In Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI), a set of rules has been passed down from mentors to their mentees about “best practices” related to treatment, and many practitioners become dogmatic about the use of certain procedures. However, many of these practices are based on little, if any, research evidence. Or perhaps there is a research basis, but the methodologies or findings are not as robust as one would like when making strong claims. The purpose of this presentation is to review recent research on practices considered to be best practice in IBI, such as task interspersal, mixed verbal behavior, preference assessments, small group instruction, teaching stimulus selection before teaching tacting, high-p instructional sequence, training with multiple exemplars and so on.
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    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Developing a Security Plan for Staff & Facilities
    Security Programs for organizations should be constantly evolving. The Security Program must take a sweeping view of the organization it serves to ensure the integration of security processes, people, and equipment are fully aligned with the organization’s goals, values, and tolerance for risk. In this presentation, we will discuss the role of physical security for facilities, integrating employees into new security procedures in public and private settings, integrating security practices with other organizations for staff that work at different locations, and ensuring strong policies are in place that will inform security procedures.
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    4:05 PM  -  4:55 PM
    An Update on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
    Recent developments at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) will be discussed. The most current data on the BACB’s certification programs will be provided: Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, and Registered Behavior Technician. In addition, a number of recent and impending developments at the BACB will be described, including changes to standards, new initiatives, and various international development activities.
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    4:05 PM  -  4:55 PM
    Behavior Analysis in Real Estate? A Case Study in OBM
    Behavior Analysis as a science has the potential to produce significant changes in all areas that involve human behavior. Recently, the field has had a tremendous impact in the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities, and has gained much public recognition and acceptance. However, many behavior analysts often lament the apparently narrowing focus of the field into just one subject area, and frequently ask - why haven't we done more? Outside of clinical behavior analysis, there are a number of individuals working to apply the science of behavior to a great variety of settings and populations. The present talk will present a case study of how behavior analysis has been used to influence performance in a very "non-traditional" setting - A real estate company.
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    4:05 PM  -  5:55 PM
    Generalization and Transfer of Treatment Gains Through Caregiver Training and/or Stimulus Control
    One common challenge often associated with behavior analytic interventions is the transfer or generalization of treatment gains from clinicians in clinical or school settings, to caregivers and more naturalistic environments. That said, there are various steps we can take or program for to increase the chances for a successful transfer or generalization. Two such approaches include involving caregivers as agents of the behavior change, and/or pairing the intervention with specific stimuli that can be carried over to the naturalistic environments and exert a level of control over responding. In the current presentation we will discuss essential and successful elements of such approaches as well as case examples where these approaches have been successfully applied towards the treatment of feeding challenges as well as severe problem behavior.
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    4:05 PM  -  4:44 PM
    Panel: How to Effectively and Efficiently Use a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
    People with disabilities receiving services from several different providers may make substantial gains in each of those environments. It is equally important to ensure that each provider is working collaboratively to coordinate shared goals and promote generalization. This can often be challenging to achieve due to several barriers including scheduling, location, and different scopes of practice. This panel will discuss some of the barriers and solutions and how to effective and efficiently provide collaborative services.
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