We hope to network with many of you at the 42nd Meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Be sure to stop by the BHCOE booth (location #13) and take in the latest BHCOE Accreditation updates.

Conference Details

When: September 21st–23rd, 2022
Where: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 1000 Tournament Players Club Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Presentation Details

Title: Assessment Tools for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Choosing the Right Tool and Deriving Organizational Outcomes
Date & Time: Friday, September 23rd, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Eastern
Track: AUT Champions ABCD 1 LRN, MH/PSY
Presenters: Dr. David Cox, Chief Data Officer, BHCOE; and Dr. Ellie Kazemi, Chief Science Officer
Abstract: Transparency and accountability surrounding patient outcomes in healthcare service delivery is rapidly becoming the norm and expected by healthcare patients worldwide. For behavior analysts, this increased attention on treatment outcomes calls for practitioners to= demonstrate that their treatments work and to become more accountable for the costs of treatment. This symposium has two components. In the first half, we review guidelines on the best available research evidence and expert opinion regarding instrument selection for the assessment and treatment planning for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In the second half, we show introductory analytics with assessment data to show how practitioners might communicate patient outcomes to relevant stakeholders and identify areas for improvement. In total, this symposium is aimed at informing the decision making process of practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) regarding the use of various instruments to assess and plan treatment for individuals with ASD, such that they can collect and report data on treatment outcomes. Audience members will walk away with an understanding of what influences assessment selection, a decision-aide for taking and comprehensive approach to assessment, and a basic understanding of how to leverage assessment data to report on patient outcomes.

Title: Do you Provide a High-quality Supervised Experience?
Date & Time: Friday, September 23rd, 2022 | 9:00 – 9:50 AM Eastern
Presenter: Dr. Ellie Kazemi, Chief Science Officer, BHCOE
Abstract: High-quality supervised experience is an essential component of behavior analytic training. Theoretically, the supervision guidelines provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) protect candidates as supervisees who seek certification or licensure to practice behavior analysis. Additionally, there is hope that graduate training in behavior analysis provides some quality control regarding the training sites at which candidates accrue supervision experience hours. However, unless the supervised experience is offered at the institution where the graduate coursework is offered, many higher education training programs do not have the time or resources to review external training sites to assess quality. Therefore, candidates enrolled in master’s degree programs are often on their own to find suitable sites that offer an ethical and professional supervised experience that meets best-practice recommendations. As a result, the quality of the supervised experiences of candidates preparing to become professional behavior analysts differ dramatically. In this presentation, I will review the process of standard development, the ABAI Accreditation standards, the empirical evidence and best practice guidelines for supervision, and the results of data we gathered from our diverse stakeholder groups about the quality of supervision.

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