Webinars, Workshops, and Conferences… Oh, My



Mark your calendars! COABA 2023 will be November 10th and 11th at the DoubleTree Denver Central Park (https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/densndt-doubletree-denver-central-park/)! We will have awesome invited speakers, a half day workshop, and poster session…and more! Keep an eye out for discounted hotel booking information, registration, and more information to come! We can’t wait to see you in November!

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Rise and Shine: Unmasking the Secrets of Sleep Through the Eyes of a Behaviorist

Step into the captivating world of Dr. Ice, where behavior analysis meets the realm of sleep and wakefulness! Join us as we explore the groundbreaking research project, “Waking to reinforcement: Adding to the behavioral conceptualization of sleep.” Dive into the intriguing intersection of behavior analysis and sleep-related behaviors, unlocking fresh perspectives and shedding light on the hidden forces that govern our waking moments. Dr. Ice will unveil the operant conditioning lens that uncovers the mysteries behind our waking behaviors. This presentation promises to empower behavior analysts, even those new to the sleep terrain, with innovative insights and practical applications.



WEBINAR: Promoting Ethical Discussions and Decision Making in a Human Service Agency

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Time: 12:00-1:00 PM MDT
Presenters: Linda LeBlanc, Amber Valentino, Joshua Sleeper, and Olivia Onofrio

This webinar will describe the development of a system, the Ethics Network, designed to promote discussion of ethical issues in a human services organization. The system includes several core components, including people (e.g., leaders, ambassadors), tools (e.g., hotline, training modules), and resources (e.g., monthly talking points). Recommendations will be provided for creating similar systems in other organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with the presenters.

Promoting Ethical Discussions And Webinar Decision Making In A Human Service Agency


WEBINAR: Practitioner Survey of Functional Assessment Methods Utilized: Are our data guiding our practices?

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Time: 12pm – 1pm MT

Presenter: Amy Crye, BCBA

Although behavior analysts widely recognize the usefulness of functional analyses in identifying the function of challenging behavior, multiple measures indicate a low percentage of Board Certified Behavior Analysts conduct functional analyses and instead rely on indirect and descriptive assessments. Since these surveys were conducted, additional research and recommendations for modifying functional analysis procedures in ways to eliminate previously identified barriers have been published (e.g., precursor assessment, latency-based assessment, interview informed synthesized contingency analysis). Considering new research and increased accessibility to training via online webinars and conferences, this study investigated whether research and access to information impacts practice at the practitioner level. In total 369 people responded to the survey with 174 providing consent to participate in the survey. One hundred and eight identified their primary role as practitioner, 30 identified their primary role as university faculty, and 36 identified as a student in a behavior analysis program seeking certification. Faculty and student data were analyzed in a separate paper (Haymes et al, 2022). Results of the current study echo those of previous surveys in that the highest percentage of respondents indicated use of indirect and descriptive assessment. The underutilization of traditional functional analysis and functional analysis modifications is impacted by a lack of training on these methods. These results are discussed from the perspective of best practices for assessment and intervention of challenging behaviors in clinical applications.

Learning Objectives

  1. The learner will be able to identify the benefits and limitations of indirect assessment, descriptive assessment, and functional analysis.
  2. The learner will be able to identify modifications to traditional FA procedures and the barriers they address.
  3. The learner will be able to identify action items for organizations and practitioners to improve training and use of functional analysis methods.
Practitioner Survey Of Functional Behavior Assessment Utilized


WORKSHOP: Five Critical Skills to Build your Successful Supervision Toolkit

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You can attend in person, virtually, or watch it on demand later! If you’re attending in person, don’t forget to grab a ticket for our post-workshop social.

Presenters: Tyra Sellers and Olivia Onofrio
5 Supervision and 1 Ethics CEU


EVENT: COABA Listening Session: BCBA/ABA Feedback

Join this presentation on June 29, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT. Note that this session will be hosted and facilitated by the Colorado Health Institute, which is supporting the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department) with stakeholder engagement efforts. Department staff will also be present.

COABA Listening Session: BCBA/ABA Feedback
Thursday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. MT


Meeting ID: 823 2615 1570
Passcode: 552145

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WEBINAR: Behavioral Based Safety in Clinical Settings

Recording available NOW on BehaviorLive

Presentation Abstract:

Employees in healthcare and social assistance organizations such as those providing ABA Therapy have a higher injury rate than the reported average across all industries. In fact, injury rates for health care and social assistance workers are higher than jobs traditionally thought of as high risk including construction, mining, and manufacturing (Gravina & Matey, 2022). Given the high rates of injury within the health care setting, it is critical for organizations, especially those providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to design and implement strategies that focus on both client and employee safety and wellbeing. Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is the application of behavior science to address real world safety problems. It’s a process that promotes a culture that continually focuses people’s attention and responses on daily safety behaviors. BBS is widely known and used to prevent unsafe practices and injury in high-risk industries yet, despite its effectiveness, has yet to be widely implemented within the area of healthcare. The purpose of this presentation is to (1) discuss the importance of using a behavioral approach to safety within ABA organizations, (2) provide an overview of BBS and how it might be implemented within clinical settings, and (3) discuss implications for employing a behavior based safety approach.


WEBINAR: Values Based Management

Recording and Slide Deck now available:

This previously recorded webinar is now available for purchase. You will obtain a link to view the slide deck, the audio file of the presentation, and the full video recording of the presentation.

Presentation Abstract:

While ACT has often been an approach to manage individual stress and anxiety, those applications have not widely been applied to groups or organizations. At least, there is not research to support that it has. What we have found within our organization is that ACT has broad applications to how small businesses can manage and foster a flexible working environment that prevents terminations caused by burnout.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a better understanding of ACT, specifically Values
  2. Learn how values can be applied to business practices
  3. Develop systems that are unique to your organization that are individualized and values-based
  4. Troubleshoot employee issues that are rooted in reinforcement


WEBINAR: Medical Necessity: A Framework for Developing Treatment Goals and Advocating for Services

Recording and Slide Deck now available:

This previously recorded webinar is now available for purchase. You will obtain a link to view the slide deck, the audio file of the presentation, and the full video recording of the presentation.

Presentation Abstract:

This presentation will address a framework for developing treatment goals and advocating for services. Dan Unumb is an attorney and founder of the Autism Legal Resource Center. Mr. Unumb previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, where he worked to secure improved insurance and Medicaid coverage for individuals with autism in over 40 states. Rebecca has been privileged to serve adults and children using applied behavior analysis (ABA) in settings such as facility-based care, group homes, day centers, clinics, and family homes both across the United States and overseas. In addition to her clinical experience, Rebecca is passionate about ABA service delivery aligning with generally accepted standards of care. With expertise in applying health care documentation requirements and systems of compliance, she recently was the author of a chapter on documentation guidelines for ABA services. Together they will cover pertinent topics to increase providers’ understanding of medical necessity within the field of ABA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the ethical considerations of providing contracted ABA services for a funding source
  2. Attendees will understand the generally accepted standards of care related to performing an assessment and writing a treatment plan
  3. Attendees will learn how to write treatment goals that are medically necessary
  4. Attendees will understand the importance of understanding regulatory requirements pertaining to the successful submission of assessment and treatment plans
  5. Attendees will learn strategies for eliminating improper limits on ABA services
  6. Attendees will hear about ways to engage in ethical advocacy and public policy efforts to improve ABA services