KYABA November 2015 Workshop Series

The Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA)

Workshop Series

Friday November 13th – November 14th

University of Louisville Shelby Campus

9901 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40223

Sponsored by Adaptive Community Support Services

12.5 BACB Approved CEUs at no additional charge (Featuring 3 Ethics CEU’s)!

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Friday November 13th, 9:00-5:00

Registration starts at 7:30 AM

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Address: Rick Radar, MD

Lessons From the Guinea Pig Club: Behavioral Reconstruction of Deconstructed Combat Pilots

Why did we invite a physician to talk to you about the plight of burned and disfigured World War 2 British combat pilots; what does that have to do with working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What are the lessons we can apply to folks with Down syndrome from Royal Air Force pilots shooting down Nazi Messerschmitts over London in 1939? Come and find out. Come and see how an understanding of human behavior can be better understood, better applied and result in better outcomes. Come learn about the Guinea Pig Club.

About Rick Rader, MD

Dr. Rader is the Director of the Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga Tennessee where he is responsible for the creation of innovative healthcare programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine he has published over 300 articles in the area of special needs. Dr. Rader is cross-trained in internal medicine and medical anthropology and was the former Director of the American Institute of Stress. He is a member of the board of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry as well as the American Association on Health and Disability. He has been a consultant to five former Surgeon Generals in the area of health and disabilities. He was the first Special Liaison for Family Health Concerns at the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He is the founding president of the American Association on Multi-Sensory Environments and is a researcher in sensory processing disorder. Dr. Rader was elected to the National Academy of Practice in Medicine at the National Academies of Practice and is a consultant to the National Organization on Rare Disorders. He is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is a member of the Global Medical Advisory Committee for Special Olympics International. He serves as an Emeritus Advisor to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and is an Adjunct Professor in Human Development at the Univ. of Tennessee Chattanooga. Prior to going to medical school he was a racecar mechanic.

10:00am - 1:00pm

KYABA Presents 3 Ethics CEUs:

Presenter: Robert K. Ross, Ed.D., BCBA-D

Avoiding the Landmines: Treating problem Behavior without Violating the New Professional and Ethical Compliance Code

The new BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code (PECC) for Behavior Analysts goes into effect on January 1st 2016. This change moves ethics from Guidelines for Responsible Conduct that were not strictly enforced, to a Compliance Code with strong enforcement mechanisms. Starting on January 1st Behavior Analysts can be held accountable for failing to meet PECC standards. This talk will review some common behavior analytic treatment practices such as the DRO procedure, extinction, redirection, and time out to highlight how they can be construed as unethical interventions under the new and more rigorous code. Examples of interventions with strong empirical support yet that are inconsistent with the PECC requirements will be discussed. The presenter will review strategies that practitioners can use to avoid ethical lapses and enhance the quality of treatment for challenging behavior.

About Dr. Bob Ross

Dr. Ross is the Senior Vice President of Treatment Efficacy and Graduate Education at Beacon of Connecticut. Beacon provides intensive behavioral educational services to children diagnosed with PDD/Autism and behavioral and learning challenges. In addition to his oversight of all research activity at Beacon, Dr. Ross provides direct and consultation services to families, schools and educational programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Ross is a primary instructor in the BCBA certification program at Cambridge College in Cambridge Massachusetts. Dr. Ross is the current President of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the largest membership organization with ABAI. He also serves on the Practice Board of ABAI where he is Chair of the Empirically Supported Treatments Committee and is the President and a founding member of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Beacon is active in pursuing cutting edge applied research relative to the treatment of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Ross has presented over 100 posters, 25 symposia, and conducted numerous invited addresses/workshops at various behavioral conferences across the country. Dr. Ross is currently focusing research efforts in such areas as evidence based practices, early literacy, social and play skills, and applications of visually supported instructional methods.

2:00pm - 5:00pm

KYABA Presents 3.0 CEUs:

Presenter: Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Building Capacity for Behavior Analytic Practice across Disciplines through Staff Training and Consultation

One of the greatest challenges to behavior analysts involves collaboration and consultation with professionals from different disciplines or with different levels of experience and training. This practical session will provide behavioral practitioners with strategies for building rapport and training within challenging contexts. Dr. Pennington will share a theoretical framework for collaboration and entertaining anecdotes derived from his over 20 years of experience in working with school personnel and other related providers.

About Dr. Pennington

Robert Pennington PhD, BCBA-D is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Louisville and a board certified behavior analyst. He received his Doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky where he studied behavior analytic teaching procedures for establishing communicative repertoires in persons with intellectual disabilities and autism. Additionally, he has over 20 years of clinical experience in home, school, and vocational settings. Recently, he has served as the executive director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center and managed several projects in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education. Robert has a consistent record of publication in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Education and Treatment of Children) and serves as a reviewer for several research outlets (i.e., journals, conferences). He has published book several chapters related to autism, technology and behavior change. Finally, Robert’s current interests are in writing instruction for persons with ASD/ID and the assessment of school programs for students with ASD/ID.

Saturday November 14th, 9:00-5:00

Registration starts at 7:30 AM

9:00am - 10:30am

KYABA Presents 1.5 CEUs:

Presenter: Matthew P. Normand, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Nature or Nurture? Either Way It's Your Parents' Fault

Most modern theorists stress the importance of both nature and nurture, preferring instead to question how much of a role each plays in the development any given trait (physical or behavioral) rather than to question which is responsible for a specific trait or which is responsible for traits in general. Although seemingly prudent, such a line of inquiry is almost as flawed as an either-or conceptualization of the debate. I will discuss why this is so by 1) clarifying the distinction between heritability and heredity, 2) providing a clearer conceptualization of "environment" at two levels of analysis (macro-level and micro-level), 3) providing examples of the complex interaction of the environment and genes with respect to various physical traits, and 4) providing examples of the interaction of genes and the environment with respect to behavior. I also will discuss the implications of the nature-nurture issue for behavior analysis, especially as it relates to the role of behavior analysis research informing the so-called "debate.”

About Dr. Normand

Dr. Normand is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of the Pacific. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Western New England College, his M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from the Florida State University. His primary scientific interests, broadly defined, are the application of basic behavioral principles to problems of social significance (including obesity and community health issues), verbal behavior, and the philosophy of science. He has authored more than three-dozen scientific papers and book chapters and over 100 conference presentations. He is the current Editor of The Behavior Analyst, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a former Associate Editor for the journals The Behavior Analyst, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and he serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Interventions, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Dr. Normand is the 2011 recipient of the B. F. Skinner New Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association (Div. 25).

10:30am - 12:30pm

KYABA Presents 2.0 CEUs: Presenter:

Erick M. Dubuque, Ph.D., LBA, BCBA-D

It’s Not What You Look at that Matters, It’s What You See

The Standard Celeration Chart (SCC) is the most powerful measurement tool available to behavior analysts. It addresses many of the limitations of non-standard graphical displays and provides practitioners with a level of analysis unobtainable using any other type of visual display. However, the SCC has not been widely adopted by practitioners for a variety of reasons unrelated to the quality of the tool. The purpose of this talk is identify the limitations of non-standard graphical displays, explain how the SCC addresses these limitations, and show how the SCC can be used in practice. Learning Objectives 1. Identify limitations inherent to non-standard graphical displays. 2. Explain the rationale behind the design of the Standard Celeration Chart. 3. Conduct timings. 4. Calculate and plot record floors, acceleration targets, & deceleration targets on a Standard Celeration Chart. 5. Make continuous treatment decisions based on your data.

About Dr. Dubuque

Erick Dubuque is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for Spalding University’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Dr. Dubuque earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 under the advisement of Linda J. Hayes, Ph.D. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya) and is the President & Owner of Behavior, LLC, an organization dedicated to the dissemination and advancement of the science of behavior. As an active member of the behavior analytic community, Dr. Dubuque has served as the Student Representative to the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and on the organization’s Education Board. He is past Academic Coordinator for the Jordan University of Science and Technology Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Health Analysis, the first graduate degree program in behavior analysis founded in the Middle East. Dr. Dubuque’s scholarly interests extend across the philosophical, experimental, applied, and professional domains in behavior science. A general theme across all of his interests is the understanding of technology and complex human behaviors, especially as they relate to the topics of education and social justice. Dr. Dubuque is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

KYABA Presents 1.5 CEUs:

Presenter: Matthew P. Normand, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Breeding Ground: Pseudoscience, Voodoo Science, and Junk Science in Autism Research and Treatment

This talk will discuss the basic characteristics of science, with special emphasis placed on their relationship to behavioral science, including acceptable standards of evidence against which to evaluate the proliferation of treatment claims having the potential to affect behavior analysts, both in research and in practice.  Attention will be given to those fads and fallacies that currently abound in the areas of autism research and treatment.  Following a discussion of scientific standards of evidence, defining features and “red flags” of pseudoscience, and the importance of skepticism, some examples of popular treatment claims in the field of autism, developmental disabilities, and the like will be reviewed and the evidence for and against each presented.  The address will conclude with some cautionary notes for behavior analysts about our own field.

3:00pm - 4:30pm

KYABA Presents 1.5 CEUs:

Invited Panel Discussion

ABA in Practice: Navigating Funding Streams, Politics, and other Headaches

Do you believe your future career, as a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA), is secure in Kentucky or anywhere in the country? Have you attended conferences, peer meetings, committee groups or workshops recently that outlined imminent changes developing for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)? In Kentucky, the SCL2 Medicaid waiver was recently renewed and several changes were made that significantly reduced behavior services for adults (80-90% reductions in behavior services). The Michelle P. Waiver will be up for renewal in 2016, is this one of your venues for providing behavior services? Learn about navigating these changes, Managed Care Organization’s (MCOs) ultimate takeover of all Medicaid services in Kentucky (and other states) and the new ABA services allocated to these MCO(s). We provide ABA services for commercial insurance carriers with headaches, Medicaid waivers have been reduced, private clients are burdened to pay for expensive ABA services and soon… even more changes will dramatically alter the way in which ABA is provided everywhere. Don’t miss this rare panel discussion with seasoned behavior analyst who collectively have well over a half-century of expertise providing ABA services, we have already begun working together to find strategic methods to successfully navigate these potential changes, it’s time to join the movement for sustaining behavior services!