Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis  

The Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis (GABA) was founded in 2001 to provide: (1) a professional network and resource for behavior analysts in Georgia; (2) a forum for members to collaborate, disseminate recent research, share ideas, and discuss needs; (3) a voice to promote the ethical and effective use of behavior analysis; (4) a resource for those seeking ABA services in Georgia; (5) the organization of an annual regional ABA conference; and (6) a provider of continuing education for professionals in Georgia.

 

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We have extended our poster submission deadline to October 15th!

 

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Do you need Ethics CE's? We still have seats available. You can earn 3 CEs for attending the Ethics workshop.

GABA is proud to present Alice Shillingsburg as a speaker for the Ethics workshop which will be held on November 11.
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Do you need Ethics CE's? GABA is proud to present Alice Shillingsburg as a speaker for the Ethics workshop which will be held on November 11. You can earn 3 CEs for attending the Ethics workshop. Ple...

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GABA is proud to present Sung Woo Kahng as a speaker at our Annual conference November 11-12th! ... See MoreSee Less

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GABA would like to thank our sponsors for the Annual Conference November 11-12th: Data Finch Technologies, Integrated Behavior Solutions, Benchmark Human Services, Reaching Milestones, and the Psychology Department at Armstrong State University ... See MoreSee Less

GABA would like to thank our sponsors for the Annual Conference November 11-12th: Data Finch Technologies, Integrated Behavior Solutions, Benchmark Human Services, Reaching Milestones, and the Psychol...

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In need of Supervision CEUS? Register for TABA’s 2016 Post-Conference Workshop on Saturday, October 29th at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Campus. There will be an additional $30 fee in addition to conference registration. Register through this link: www.tennesseeaba.org/Registration_Instructions

Training and Evaluating Experimental Analysis Skills in School-Based Practitioners

Abstract:
School-based practitioners who receive referrals regarding students with challenging behaviors vary in backgrounds (e.g., school psychologists, school social workers, special education consultants) and skills in function-based assessment. Historically, Iowa functional behavior assessments were comprised of indirect or direct assessments, but seldom included the systematic evaluation of antecedents or consequences. In 2009, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) initiated a training model for the purpose of increasing school-based practitioners’ skills in experimental analyses so that functional behavior assessments would improve in the state. The DE contracted with experts in behavior analysis from the Center for Disabilities and Development to train newly formed behavior teams across the state. As a result, a model for training experimental analyses was developed. Outcome measures developed for assessing learning and changes in practice included a self-assessment of use of behavior assessment tools, a knowledge exam, and direct observations of their independence in conducting various assessments (e.g., concurrent operants assessments, preference assessments, functional analyses). Together, these three measures differentiated skill levels of practitioners and highlighted strengths and areas of need. As behavior analysts, we rely on data to tell us whether the behaviors we are trying to change indeed change. Yet, we sometimes lack having a systematic way of measuring learning or independence when we provide training or supervision. This workshop will review the tools used in the Iowa Challenging Behavior Training Model, show how to use them to evaluate the skills of others, and discuss the value of the using similar tools in training or supervision is beneficial.

Presenters:
Brenda J. Bassingthwaite, Ph.D., Center for Disabilities in Development, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
Brenda Bassingthwaite, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience with assessing and treating individuals who engage in challenging behaviors. She spent five years as a school psychologist in rural and urban areas of Iowa before attending the University of Iowa to earn a doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis. She has worked in both clinical and school settings using a function-based approach for evaluating behaviors that interfere with students’ opportunities to learn and benefit from instruction. Dr. Bassingthwaite’s current position is the Director of the Biobehavioral Outreach Service where she and her team (1) consult with school-based teams on assessment and intervention with students with challenging behavior and (2) train school-based teams in using experimental analyses as part of their functional behavior assessment. She enjoys teaching practitioners a method for systematically evaluating assessment questions and showing them its utility in creating an environment that makes students successful.

Sean. D. Casey, Ph.D., BCBA, Iowa Department of Education
Sean D. Casey, Ph.D., BCBA, works as a consultant for the Iowa Department of Education serving as the state’s Challenging Behavior Consultant since 2009. Sean has been involved with clinical work and research in ABA since 1991. Sean was a recipient of the 2006 Mentor of the Year award by Association for Behavior Analysis Student Committee. Most of Sean’s clinical and research interests involve two primary areas: 1) function based assessments for children who display severe and chronic challenging behavior and 2) assessment and treatment of children with feeding issues. His clinical work and research has been published in a variety of outlets including: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, The Behavior Analyst Today, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, as well as two international outlets (i.e., European Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología). Sean also has served as a guest editor for several journals including Behavioral Interventions, Education and Treatment of Children, and JABA. Sean has great passion for his work and his primary goals are bring the science of ABA to the state level for systematic dissemination throughout the state and beyond.
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