Professional Workshops 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

9:00 AM–3:00 PM 
Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center, 125 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison, NJ 08837

Evidence-based Practices to Address Challenging Behavior

Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D 

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders may exhibit what are considered "challenging behaviors" within the classroom. When typical classroom management strategies fall short, more detailed assessment and intervention practices are needed. This workshop will provide participants with a systematic framework for the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior in public school settings. Following a brief review of learning principles, specific behavioral challenges such as noncompliance and aggression will be discussed. Dr. Newman will suggest ways to effectively address these challenges through proactive classroom management strategies and individualized interventions that are based on functional assessment data. Workshop activities will include practicing meaningful and efficient data collection methods, debating the pros and cons of reinforcement and response cost procedures, and analyzing successful and unsuccessful case studies.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to describe:

  • Components of descriptive functional behavior assessments
  • Advantages and limitations of four data collection strategies
  • Essential elements of individualized treatment plans for challenging behavior
  • Classroom-wide behavior management strategies
  • Advantages and limitations of both noncontingent and contingent reinforcement strategies to address behavioral challenges

Ethics and Business Practices for Behavior Analysts

Michael C. Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D

During the last ten years, there has been a tremendous growth in the number of behavior analysts. The nature and scope of service delivery has expanded as well. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has established best practices guidelines, credentialing criteria, and uniform content and standards. Yet behavior analysts may find that challenges remain in their day-to-day business practices, including determining who the client is, appropriately and effectively marketing their services, adhering to legal and ethical issues, and understanding the limits of one’s own expertise. There are also similarities and differences in business practices that sometimes exist based upon one’s title, setting, and specific role. Dr. Selbst will discuss these issues from the perspectives of a school-based professional, a professional in private practice, and as part of a company. Opportunities for questions and answers will be included.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to describe:

  • At least 3 common challenges that behavior analysts experience when they are involved in independent evaluations
  • The difference between the “client” and “financially responsible party”
  • At least 3 ways to ensure that their work includes evidence-based strategies
  • At least 3 important steps necessary prior to beginning work with a client/student
  • At least 3 components of best practices for collaborating with other professionals and parents

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