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Fourth Annual COABA Convention
November 2, 8:30 am - 6:15 pm MDT$20 – $180
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November 2, 2019
Registration and Coffee
8:30 - 8:45 am
Patrick Romani, PhD, BCBA-D
8:45 - 9:35 am
Dorothea Lerman PhD, BCBA-D
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Preparing Individuals with Developmental Disabilities for Employment: Essential Skills for Success
An increasing number of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are entering adulthood without adequate preparation for successful transitions to work. Behavior analysts have much to offer these individuals as they prepare for life after high school. This presentation will provide an overview of skills critical to success in maintaining employment, with an emphasis on job-related social skills. The presentation will focus on how to assess and teach effective social skills in school, work, and clinic settings and will describe outcomes of research and practice for teaching job-related social skills.
9:50 - 10:40 am
Jonathan Baker PhD, BCBA-D
Western Michigan University
Recent Advances in the Functional Assessment of Challenging Behavior Among Older Adults with Neurocognitive Disorder
As the number of adults over the age of 65 continues to grow, with predictions that in 12 years one in five Americans will be over the age of 65 (Colby & Ortman, 2014), the prevalence of age-related disorders also increases. Perhaps most concerning is the increase in neurocognitive disorder (NCD), formerly known as dementia, with predictions that the current numbers of over 5 million Americans with NCD will double or even triple by 2050. Neurocognitive disorder is often accompanied by a cluster of behaviors referred to as the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). This cluster of behaviors includes agitation, aggression, wandering, disruptive vocalizations, etc. While it has been repeatedly shown that medications are either ineffective, or effective but with deleterious side effects (including risk of death; Kales, Gitlin, & Lyketsos, 2015), they remain the most common approach to addressing BPSD. Recent publications and systematic reviews in behavior analytic journals and broader gerontological journals have shown, however, that a behavior analytic approach that includes a functional analysis is an efficacious approach to addressing BPSD and includes no deleterious side effects (Dyer, Harrison, Laver, Whitehead, & Crotty, 2017). This presentation will include a review of the existing literature on functional analysis of BPSD, highlighting the efficacy of the approach and the requirement for extensive medical rule out prior to intervention. Additionally, this presentation will include current research on functional analysis of BPSD. Finally, this presentation will discuss the settings and challenges associated with functional analysis and future directions for research and practice.
11:00 - 11:50 am
Bethany Raiff PhD, BCBA-D
Using Technology to Overcome Barriers to Delivering Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Behavior
Contingency management (CM) interventions, which involve delivering desirable consequences contingent on objective evidence of health behavior, have been widely studied and shown to be effective at initiating a number of different health behaviors, such as cocaine and smoking abstinence, as well as diabetes management. Unfortunately, a number of barriers exist that prevent the widespread adoption and dissemination of CM, including accessibility, convenience, cost, and sustainability. To address some of these concerns, we developed an Internet and Mobile phone-based contingency management intervention, where participants earn monetary incentives contingent on web-camera verified evidence of smoking abstinence. Not only has this CM intervention been effective at initiating smoking abstinence (43% of videos submitted indicate smoking abstinence, compared with only 14% of videos submitted by a control group), participants have also rated the intervention favorably on a number of dimensions. We have also successfully extended the Internet-based CM procedure to a novel populations and target behavior; namely, teenagers diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes who are not adhering with their blood glucose testing recommendations. To overcome additional barriers to Internet-based CM, such as the cost of incentives and long-term sustainability, we are currently developing a videogame-based CM intervention. Smokers will earn game-based resources, or access to special features in the game, in place of monetary incentives. Videogame-based CM will promote widespread access to an innovative, fun, sustainable intervention at a relatively low cost (the game will be available to play for free), thereby offering the potential to have a substantial public health impact.
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Lunch on your own!
1:30 - 2:20 pm
Iser Deleon PhD, BCBA-D
University of Florida
The Practical Utility of Behavioral Economics: Assessment Tools for Enhancing Intervention in ASD
The field of behavioral economics has provided behavior analysts with new analytic tools to examine novel functional relations. Much of this work has been theoretical or conceptual, involving lengthy or elaborate analyses used to make inferences about human decision-making as it relates to cost and consumption of reinforcers. Over the past few years, our lab has been exploring ways to simplify and adopt the analytic tools of behavioral economics for practical use across a variety of contexts in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. I will highlight several of our efforts across a diverse range of topics (e.g., treating behavior disorders, motivating physical activity, promoting healthier alternatives to nonnutritive reinforcers). I will further consider other ways in which behavioral economic concepts and procedures could be incorporated profitably into everyday behavior change strategies.
2:45 - 3:35 pm
Ellie Kazemi PhD, BCBA-D
California State University, Northridge
Leadership Skills 101: Giving Tough Feedback
Although leadership through clinical supervision is extremely important for the continued growth of the profession as well as provision of high quality and effective services, specialized training for it lags way behind. For example, supervisors’ primary means of improving their supervisees’ skills is through ongoing performance evaluation and feedback. However, most supervisors report that they avoid or feel uncomfortable giving corrective feedback. In this talk, I will share results from a study I conducted on giving performance feedback and then provide role-play opportunities for the audience to experience using the practical tips I share for giving supervisees tough feedback.
Visit the Springer website and get a 25% discount on Ellie's book, Fieldwork and Supervision for Behavior Analysts, using the code COABA25.
3:45 - 4:35 pm
James E. Carr PhD, BCBA-D
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Professional Regulation of Behavior Analysts in the US
The practice of behavior analysis in the United States was unregulated until relatively recently. The first national professional certification programs (through the BACB) became available in 1999 and the first behavior analyst licensure law was passed in 2009. In this presentation, I will describe the different types of professional regulation, provide a summary of the BACB’s recent regulatory activity and outcomes, describe the recent history of licensure efforts in various states, summarize existing licensure laws, and describe some of the current issues surrounding professional regulation. The presentation will conclude with a discussion with COABA’s Executive Board about the state of behavior analyst regulation in Colorado.
4:45 - 5:15 pm
David Hatfield, PhD, BCBA-D
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Poster Session and Networking