Middle Tennessee Regional Meeting
July 24, 2020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Transferring Skills from the Clinic to the Home presented by Cliff Cowan: Any ABA clinic-based intervention model cannot achieve social validity if progress made in the clinic is not achieved in other environments and the behaviors taught are not evoked by naturally occurring stimuli. There is a wide body of research supporting parent training as a necessary component of effective treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities, specifically in regard to the generalization and maintenance of skills across environments. In this discussion, we will review some components of parent training as well as self-management strategies that have been successful in transferring stimulus control from the clinic to the natural environment in this presenter’s own experience. Specifically, the presenter will review some effective strategies that emerged out of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Implementing and Maintaining Ethical Client and Staff Behaviors in Your Practice presented by Lindsey Gilbert: Literature indicates that training regarding the implementation of effective supervision services is frequently limited for analysts, often resulting in limited supervision experiences for their supervisees (Lablanc & Luiselli, 2016). It is evident that the rapid expansion of both behavior analysts and technicians is exponential, which is indicative that the need for not only effective but also efficient supervision services is crucial within your practice. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to maintain high quality supervision as the influx of behavior analysts practicing in the home and community grows so rapidly, creating what I call the “island effect”. An island can become a place for luxurious analyst’s discretion and comfortability; however, it can also limit effective supervision, accountability from supervisors, or high work quality. Ethical supervision from behavior therapists, analysts, and clinical directors should not only be an expectation, but also a pillar for effective staff and client services. Thus, this presentation will address a variety of strategies in which staff and organizations can seek out and implement procedures to ensure optimal supervision practices and avoid another “Titanic”.
Behaviorism, Realism & a Workable Theology: Can a Behavior Analyst Believe in God? presented by Grant Ingram: Is the worldview of a radical behaviorist compatible with a belief in God? The current talk evaluates this question in light of the writings of Plato, the Early Christian communities, Howard Rachlin, and William Baum. The problems associated with dualism (realism) and the mind-body problem are discussed in the context of modern-day radical behaviorism as well as contemporary psychology and religious belief. Additionally, a pragmatic ontology (Baum) is suggested as a philosophical groundwork for the development of an acceptable theology for a radical behaviorist.
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