MOABA Events

2016 MOABA Conference

Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th

Location

Registration

Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel St. Louis
191 Westport Plaza Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

Registration ends Tuesday, November 15th
Onsite registration is subject to limited availability and additional fees
Beginning 11/18, a $25.00 additional fee has been added to registration
All sales are final

Convention options

Schedule

Friday, November 18th

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8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

John Guercio

Opening Remarks

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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Terry Rodgers

Teresa Rodgers, Ph.D. BCBA, LBA 2016

Teresa, who prefers to be called Terri, graduated from the University of Florida ABA program with James Johnston and Brian Iwata as her primary professors. She has worked as a behavioral consultant in areas of child welfare, children’s mental health services, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and for families with typical developing children. She has also served as the Senior Behavior Analyst for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in the State of Florida and is currently the Chief Behavior Analyst in Missouri for the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Terri has served diligently on two state licensure processes, Arizona and Florida.

Behavioral Services for the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Infrastructural developments including the Area Behavior Analyst positions and roles, Regional Behavior Support Review Committees, Directives and Draft Rule for behavioral services and restrictive procedures and Medicaid Services Changes adopting the new CPT codes will be discussed. Please note that the presenter is unable to discuss the service rates and issues surrounding the rates. The presenter will provide information to participants to submit their input regarding rates for services formally to the division.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Tim Vollmer

Timothy R. Vollmer

Timothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992, after working in Brian Iwata’s applied laboratory. From 1992 until 1996 he was on the psychology faculty at Louisiana State University. From 1996 to 1998 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He returned to the University of Florida in 1998 and is now a Professor of Psychology. His primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in autism, intellectual disabilities, reinforcement schedules, and parenting. He has published over 130 articles and book chapters related to behavior analysis. He was the recipient of the 1996 B.F. Skinner New Researcher award from the American Psychological Association (APA). He received another APA award in August, 2004, for significant contributions to applied behavior analysis. He is also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is the Principal Investigator for the Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida.

Detrimental Effects of Behavioral Rigidity and Resistance to Change

Autism Spectrum Disorders are defined in part by behavioral rigidity. The presenter will show data from several studies that demonstrate rigidity in this population. In some cases, rigidity leads to problem behavior and potentially to health-related problems. For example, one study showed that rigid interests led to aggression when rigid engagement was blocked. In another study, subjects would only eat unhealthy food and would do so in a highly stereotyped fashion. In other studies, subjects engaged in either highly sedentary behavior or have rigid interests in activities that promote sedentary lifestyles, such as watching movies and playing video games. The presenter will show that commonly used behavioral assessment and intervention approaches can lead to less rigid, expanded repertoires, and in so doing, problem behavior and negative side effects abate. These behavioral assessment and intervention procedures include but are not limited to: functional analysis, escape extinction, differential reinforcement, prompting, and shaping. The conclusion is that behavior analysts are well equipped to intervene upon the problems associated with behavioral rigidity and resistance to change.

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10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

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10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Aubrey Daniels

Aubrey C. Daniels, Ph.D.

Aubrey C. Daniels, Ph.D., is the world’s foremost authority on applying the scientifically-proven laws of human behavior to the workplace.
With business and industry confronting complex new challenges—from ethics to high turnover to outsourcing—Daniels helps the world’s leading organizations employ the timeless principles of behavioral science to re-energize the workplace, optimize performance and achieve lasting results.
His management consulting firm, Aubrey Daniels International (ADI), works with business leaders such as Nestle, AFLAC, Oldcastle, ADT, FMC, Sears, Boeing, Lafarge, Genentech, NASA, and Westinghouse to develop management strategies that reinforce critical behaviors vital to their long-term success. Headquartered in Atlanta, the firm was founded in 1978.
Daniels is the author of six best-selling books widely recognized as international management classics: Bringing out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement; Performance Management: Changing Behavior That Drives Organizational Effectiveness, and Other People’s Habits and Measure of a Leader with James E. Daniels. His books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and French and have been licensed in China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Romania and Saudi Arabia. Look for his book, Oops! 13 Management Practices that Waste Time and Money (and what to do instead), and his current release Safe by Accident? Take the Luck out of Safety co-authored with Judy Agnew, Ph.D. His blog address is http://aubreydanielsblog.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter.
A passionate thought leader and an internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, and workplace issues, Daniels has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, CNN, CNBC, and Investor’s Business Daily.
Daniels is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brewton-Parker College, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, an Associate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a visiting professor at Florida State.
His numerous awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organizational Behavior Management Network and the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Behavior Analysis International which also named him a 2005 Fellow.
Daniels received his doctorate from the University of Florida, where he also earned his masters degree and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Furman University. Daniels has been honored by both Furman University and the College of Health Professions at the University of Florida as Alumnus of the Year.
Daniels and his wife Rebecca reside in Atlanta and have two married daughters and three grandchildren.

I don’t need to see your son!

The traditional treatment method in behavior analysis is that the patient comes, or is brought, to an office or clinic for therapy and returns at some point, usually the same day, to his/her home. While this is efficient for the organization and convenient for the therapist is it the best for the patients and their families.
This talk will address the question, “Do we practice what we preach?” Or asked another way, “Are the techniques we are using in in clinics, in primary and secondary schools, in graduate schools and in business the most effective in producing the outcomes needed for the customer, the student and the patient.
We have a powerful technology but we are not the only professionals offering help in schools, clinics and businesses, therefore effectiveness and efficiency matter if we our profession is to grow and thrive.
While this talk may not make every attendee happy, I think these questions need to be considered.

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11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

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12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Jon Baker

Dr. Jonathan C. Baker

Dr. Jonathan C. Baker is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Clinical Faculty Specialist in the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University, working in the Autism Center for Excellence. Prior to coming to WMU, he was an Associate Professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Certificate program, as well as a faculty member in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University from 2009 to 2015. He received his Ph. D. from Western Michigan University (2009) in Behavioral Psychology, an M. S. (2005) in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Kansas, and a B. S. (2003) in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Baker is currently on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Baker is on the Editorial Board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice (BARP). He has served as a guest Action Editor for TAVB and the Psychological Record, and serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, The Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Psychological Record, the European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. Dr. Baker is the past President of the Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis and past chair of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group with ABAI. Dr. Baker’s main research interest is behavioral gerontology, including the assessment/treatment of behavioral excesses and developing programs that remediate behavioral deficits in older adults with dementia, as well as treatment adoption. His interests also extend to adults and older adults with developmental disabilities.

Stimulus Control Among Adults with Cognitive or Developmental Disabilities

Functional analyses and function-based treatment are often predicated on effective stimulus control. In functional analyses, successful multi-element designs require that, as conditions rapidly change, stimuli effectively evoke the response so that the response can contact the contingency. Once the function of behavior has been determined, treatments like functional communication training may require signaled extinction components to ensure that new responses do not decrease in strength when caregivers are unable to provide reinforcing stimuli. This presentation will cover data from two studies in my lab. The first is a study evaluating the impact of researcher-programmed discriminative stimuli on functional analysis results among older adults with neurocognitive disorders. The second is a study evaluating the role of visual and auditory stimuli on a functional communication treatment, with periods of extinction for both the communicative response and the challenging behavior, for adults with developmental disabilities.

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1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Mark Shriver

Mark D. Shriver, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Mark D. Shriver, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Centers Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation. He is also the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is currently the co-director of the Academic Evaluation and Intervention clinic. Dr. Shriver is a program evaluator with Collective for Youth for 29 after-school programs in Omaha. His research and clinical interests include behavioral parent training, anxiety disorders in children, treatment adherence, management and treatment of common childhood behavioral issues, and school-related behavioral and academic issues. He has over 45 published papers and chapters and has authored a book on the science and practice of parent training published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Shriver is co-founder and past editor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. He is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of Behavioral Education and serves on the editorial boards of three other school psychology journals.

Behavior Analysis and the Therapeutic Alliance Mark D. Shriver, Ph.D., BCBA-D Munroe-Meyer Institute

In psychology, the therapeutic alliance is often defined as an essential variable in treatment adherence and efficacy. Subsequently, the therapeutic alliance has been studied extensively in psychology. The therapeutic alliance is defined in the psychology literature by three components; 1) agreement on goals, 2) agreement on treatment, and 3) relationship between the provider and client. In behavior analysis, the examination of treatment efficacy has focused almost solely on the parameters of the treatment itself and has largely ignored any potential role of the therapeutic alliance. In this presentation, the potential role of therapeutic alliance as a variable in treatment adherence and efficacy is considered from a behavior analytic perspective. Two studies are presented which begin to explore aspects of therapeutic alliance with may affect treatment adherence and effectiveness. Considerations for future behavior analytic research of therapeutic alliance are presented.

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2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Melissa Nosik

An Update on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Recent developments at the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) will be presented. The most current data on the BACB’s credentialing programs and university course sequence systems will be presented and discussed in the context of the profession’s rapid growth. In addition, a summary of the BACB’s international activities will be presented to illustrate important developments in behavior-analytic infrastructure around the world. Finally, a number of the BACB’s recent activities will be discussed, including efforts to revise key standards and US legislative developments.

Saturday, November 19th

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop #1
Zurich/Geneva
Dr. Barbin
3 Ethics BACB CEU

Dr. Barbin

Dr. Barbin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Behavior Analyst, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral in Virginia. She founded Behavioral Directions, LLC in 2001 and serves as Executive Director providing behavioral consultation services to parents, caregivers and local school districts. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University, Dr. Barbin trained in Behavioral Psychology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is the founding director of the Ivymount School Autism Program in Maryland and has practiced for over 20 years. She has served on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, the Virginia Statewide Autism Planning Council and is past-president of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Barbin has been an invited speaker on effective, behavioral consultation in homes and schools and quality indicators in autism treatment.

Raising the Bar: Professional and Ethical Behavior in Applied Practice

Professional and ethical behavior is essential for high quality practice and effective advocacy for individuals whom we serve. Increased numbers of individuals exiting behavior analytic training programs and entering practice have limited training in professional behavior. Data on the inclusion of professional/ethical objectives in behavior analysis training programs will be discussed.

Additional topics will include:
(1) Use of behavior analytic principles (e.g., shaping, reinforcement) and communication skills (e.g., establishing shared goals, translational language, open communication) to improve outcomes when working across settings; (2) Necessary professional behaviors that can improve outcomes in multi-disciplinary collaboration; (3) Critical system components that support ethical and professional behavior including clear job descriptions, initial and ongoing training (e.g., modeling, shadowing, immediate feedback, consistent supervision, professional evaluations, practicing within the area of your competency and training needs based on participant and parental input).

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop #2
Basel/Interlaken
Jon Baker

Dr. Jonathan C. Baker

Dr. Jonathan C. Baker is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Clinical Faculty Specialist in the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University, working in the Autism Center for Excellence. Prior to coming to WMU, he was an Associate Professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Certificate program, as well as a faculty member in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program in the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University from 2009 to 2015. He received his Ph. D. from Western Michigan University (2009) in Behavioral Psychology, an M. S. (2005) in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Kansas, and a B. S. (2003) in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Baker is currently on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Baker is on the Editorial Board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice (BARP). He has served as a guest Action Editor for TAVB and the Psychological Record, and serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, The Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Psychological Record, the European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. Dr. Baker is the past President of the Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis and past chair of the Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group with ABAI. Dr. Baker’s main research interest is behavioral gerontology, including the assessment/treatment of behavioral excesses and developing programs that remediate behavioral deficits in older adults with dementia, as well as treatment adoption. His interests also extend to adults and older adults with developmental disabilities.

Expanding The Scope of Your Behavior Analytic Practice: Lessons Learned From Behavioral Gerontology

LeBlanc, Heinicke, and Baker (2012) discussed some situations in which behavior analysts might look to expand the scope of practice, including interest in making social impact for an underserved population, flexibility in location, enhanced financial stability, and intellectual stimulation. LeBlanc et al. then provided a series of suggestions for expanding scope of practice. Other researchers (Friman, 2010; Normand & Kohn, 2013) have also noted the benefits and importance of expanding scope of practice and have provided additional frameworks. This workshop is geared for behavior analysts who might be interested in expanding the scope of their practice. It will include examples from the presenter’s own experiences in behavioral gerontology as well as opportunities for attendees to work on plans for expanding their own scope of practice.

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Workshop #3
Zurich/Geneva
Scott Gaynor

Scott Gaynor, Ph.D.

Scott Gaynor received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he had the good fortune to be mentored in behavior analysis by Rick Shull and clinical behavior analysis by Scott Lawrence and Rosemery Nelson-Gray. He completed his clinical internship and a post-doc at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. The next stop was Western Michigan University where has been on the faculty for 14 years, serving as the Co-Director of Clinical Training for the last 7 years. Scott has previously served as the senior co-chair of the CBM track for the ABAI annual convention and is a Consulting Editor for the journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Behavior Therapy for (Adolescent) Depression

From a behavioral perspective, depression is a summary label for a set of responses emitted in a context, not an internal (neurobiological or psychological) defect within a person. As such, depressive symptoms should be treatable by changing environment-behavior interactions and the context in which they occur. Behavioral activation (BA) is a well-developed approach to treating depressive symptoms in adults with an emerging literature for adolescents. The goal of BA is to promote contact with positive reinforcement by engaging clients in focused activation strategies to counter passive avoidance/withdrawal and to increase goal-directed and values-guided behavior. The workshop will review the major components of BA, including: 1) the rationale and model of depression, 2) mood and activity monitoring, 3) conducting a values assessment and 4) scheduling pleasurable, mastery-related, and values-based activities.

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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Workshop #4
Basel/Interlaken
Jamie Waldvogel

Jamie Waldvogel, MS, BCBA, Founder/CEO, Behave Your Best, LLC

I first was introduced to behavior analysis in Dr. Gregory Madden’s pigeon lab as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where I earned a BS in Psychology in 2001. I earned an MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2005. I became a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in 2003 and have been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006. I have experience working with adults with acquired brain injuries and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. After becoming a mother in 2011, I founded Behave Your Best, LLC to follow my passion for extending the reach of applied behavior analysis to parents and teachers of typically developing children.

Extending the Reach of ABA to Parents and Teachers of Typically Developing Children

Normand and Kohn (2013) argued that “the field of Behavior Analysis would be best served if behavior analysts worked to extend the reach of behavioral services into a more diverse range of settings and with more varied populations.” We will review barriers to successful dissemination of behavioral consultation services to parents and teachers of typically developing children, as well as potential solutions to those barriers. We will also share recommendations for successfully designing, marketing, and delivering behavioral consultation services to parents and teachers of typically-developing children.

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Beginning 11/18, a $25.00 additional fee has been added to registration

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