For those who would like to review workshop information for WisABA 2015 without going through the registration system first:
ABA of Illinois is presenting workshops on ethics for behavior analysts and PEAK relational training (RFT) on the evening of October 23 (ethics) and October 24 (PEAK) at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel and Convention Center, Elmhurst, IL.
Great opportunities to keep sharp on ethics for behavior analysts and to go in-depth on a comprehensive application of relational frame theory to teaching children (with or without special needs).
BACB CEUs are included. For more information, please click on the following: PEAK_Dixon_Chicago_Oct or visit www.abaofillinois.org/trainings.
The Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis (MNABA) Conference is set for September 26th and 27th in Plymouth, MN. Conference highlights include:
- Thursday 12pm-2pm parent workshop by Tim Moore “For parents: Identifying high-quality functional behavior assessments and positive behavior support plans.”
- Thursday 3pm-6pm workshop by Javier Virues-Ortega and Alison Cox “Knowledge Translation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities”
- Thursday evening social at Crown Plaza West
Speakers: Regina Carroll, Peter Gerhardt, Celia Wolk Gershenson, Vicki Isler, LeAnne Johnson, Stacy Symons,Travis Thompson, Jeff Tiger, Javier Virues-Ortega.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are free with registration.
A link to online registration will posted at www.mnaba.org very soon!
The conference flyer is available here: Save the Date MNABA ’13
WisABA member Rhonda Greenhaw, M.A., BCBA, will be co-presenting the following training in Wisconsin:
INCREASING SOCIAL PARTICIPATION FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM & OTHER DIFFERENCES
Social participation is an area that presents significant challenges for many people on the autism spectrum and those with other communication and learning differences. Frustration regarding lack of social understanding coupled with a desire for meaningful social interaction can be the genesis for many behavioral challenges, and can also cause considerable difficulty for people who provide supports. This training will include an overview of social skill development and social participation for people living with autism and other differences. In addition, participants will develop and practice specific skills that foster social competence in children, adolescents and adults.
Intended audience includes: self-advocates, parents, teachers, administrators, clinicians, and direct care workers.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
RHONDA J. GREENHAW, MA, BCBA
Rhonda J. Greenhaw, MA, BCBA, is the Director of the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Collaborative Programs Office of the College of Health Professions at Towson University. Ms. Greenhaw is also the founder and Chief Clinical Officer at Advancing Abilities, where she uses her expertise in ABA, Autism and Disability to increase opportunities for people with autism and other differences.
Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism has been working with adults with autism spectrum disorders and other challenges since 2008, conducting social groups and social skills training sessions throughout its five-year history and is one of the world’s largest and most respected clinics for individuals on the autism spectrum. Ms. Greenhaw has an in-depth understanding of the complexities inherent in the nexus of autism, social skills, and the dynamics of providing supports.
Ms. Greenhaw began her career in the mid-eighties, working in group home facilities as a direct care staff; and years later, consulting as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, working with individuals and service providers to create strategies to positively support individuals with autism and other disabilities, and to train families and staff to implement those supports. Before living in Maryland, she had a behavioral consulting practice in Wisconsin and administered ABA services in the state. She is currently working on a book about Adult Autism and Ethical Practices for Parents and Clinicians. She and her husband live in northern Maryland with their daughter who is on the autism spectrum.
ZOSIA ZAKS, MS, CRC
Zosia Zaks, MS, CRC is a nationally recognized author and speaker on the subject of adult autism and disability. His book, Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (AAPC 2006), has helped many adults and their familites deal with the complexities of autism and disability and navigating the social world.
Zosia was diagnosed with autism at age 31. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Zaks provides job development, career support, life skills training, and family education to individuals on the spectrum and their loved ones.
Zaks infuses presentations, professional development workshops, and writings with multiple perspectives. In addition, Zaks teaches courses on autism at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland; serves on the boards of several local and national autism organizations; was appointed to the Maryland Commission on Autism; and spends the best moments of all parenting two daughters on the autism spectrum.
Continental breakfast provided. Free parking. No childcare available.
Please note that the above information was provided by the training organizers and is provided to inform WisABA Blog readers of an upcoming behavior-analytically oriented training. Consequently, this posting does not constitute an endorsement of the training. The event is not sponsored by or associated with the Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis.
If you’re attending ABAI this year, you may want to check out these presentations by Wisconsin behavior analysts regarding behavior analytic practice in Wisconsin:
|12:00 PM – 1:20 PM|
|PRA; Service Delivery|
|BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: William J. Murray, Ph.D.
|Defining and Expanding ABA Services at the State-Level|
|Chair: William J. Murray (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)|
|Discussant: Kevin P. Klatt (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)
|Defining Behavior Analysis in the State of Wisconsin WILLIAM J. MURRAY (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)|
|Abstract: Defining who behavior analysts are and the services we offer may seem unnecessary to most behavior analysts, but within the structure of an entrenched political system that supports consumer choice without specifics as to quality, it is absolutely critical in order to ensure the provision of effective services. Notions related to such things as cost-effectiveness, data-based decision making, treatment fidelity and treatment efficacy are not lost to behavior analysts, and are also issues that policy makers typically care about. However, many of these same policy makers may be either elected officials or closely tied to elected officials, and consequently their motives may not be similar to those of dedicated treatment providers. Developing an understanding of how to walk this political line while remaining committed to quality treatment services is critical and will be the focus of this presentation, with an emphasis on remaining employed in a contentious political climate while also working to ensure consumers receive effective behavior analytic services.
|Growing Behavior Analysis Across the State of Wisconsin KAREN R. HARPER (Association for Behavior Analysis of Illinois, LLC)|
|Abstract: As Wisconsin enacted legislation requiring insurance companies to provide funding for autism treatment services, legislation also passed allowing for behavior analysts to apply for licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing. As a consequence of this licensure, there grew an increased need for legitimate behavior analytic services around the state, not only related to autism services, but also across other populations and areas of need. This presentation addresses efforts by one provider to expand the services offered by her company across Wisconsin, working with the state Department of Health Services and county-level agencies, in order to provide quality services to multiple client populations. Her experience with finding qualified behavior analysts, working with counties to fund her services, and overcoming other procedural “roadblocks” will be described in order to present a model for how other companies might work collaboratively with state-level policy makers to influence funding opportunities for behavior analysts.
|Ensuring Consumer Protection for the Recipients of ABA Services in Wisconsin Tamara S. Kasper (The Center for Autism Treatment, Inc.)|
|Abstract: As Wisconsin created a state level license for behavior analysts in 2010, one of the discussions held with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing involved the development of assurances that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the state DRL would work collaboratively to not only create language regarding the violation of ethical practices by licensed behavior analysts, but work in the future to monitor and enforce actions against unethical persons. Clearly one of the most critical pieces of licensure language involves an understanding that licensure involves a process for discipline if ethical violations occur, and it was with this in mind that both the Wisconsin DRL and the BACB drafted language placing at least some of the responsibility for ensuring consumer protection on other behavior analysts as “self reporters.” This creates an interesting dilemma for behavior analysts in monitoring the ethical behavior of their colleagues. As the licensure law has been in place for nearly two years, situations are arising that cause licensed behavior analysts to consider how these responsibilities might be enacted in meaningful ways. This presentation will discuss some of these issues and potential methods of addressing them.
CEUs for Board Certified Behavior Analysts at this year’s conference are available for all workshops and presentations, with the exception of “Autism & ACC: Supporting functional communication needs, behavior regulation, and language development.”
CEUs are earned at 1 CEU for 50 minutes; consequently, CEUs will be earned at the following rates that WisABA 2011:
- 75 minute presentations result in 1.5 CEUs per presentation
- 2 hour workshops result in 2.0 CEUs
- 4 hour workshops at result in 4.5 CEUs.
WisABA President Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show regarding autism spectrum disorders on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 11:00 AM, along with Jacqueline Houtman, author of “The Reinvention of Edison Thomas”, a novel for young-adults about dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome.
A link to an mp3 file of the program is available here.
The agenda for the WisABA Roadshow at UWEC on April 29th is available as a PDF file here: 2011 Spring Roadshow agenda 4.26.2011
WisABA is pleased to announce a WisABA Roadshow hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC) in the Human Sciences and Services Building (HSS, with presentation occurring in room 177) on April 29, 2011. The roadshow consists of research, clinical findings, case study, and behavior analytic related theoretical presentations by WisABA members and students and faculty from UWEC and the University of Minnesota in a collegial setting, followed by a social and dinner at a local restaurant (Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant). The format provides an excellent forum for sharing expertise, for shaping our verbal repertoires regarding behavior analysis, and for networking.
Further information for those attending:
Some information on parking: Attendees will be able to obtain a parking pass from the booth in the Visitor Center parking lot (http://www.uwec.edu/parking/visitors.htm ), and then will be able to park in the parking lot right next to the Human Sciences and Services (HSS) building. Mogie’s is a 3 block walk from HSS.
Regarding lunch: Lunch is not included in the program. Those attending are strongly encouraged to have lunch before the meeting, as the time line is tight to allow as many participants as possible.
Here is a link to a Google Map with markers (blue) for HSS and for Mogie’s Pub and Restaurant.
Another link is available through the WisABA Google Calendar (hint: if you use Google Calendar, subscribe to the WisABA calendar by clicking on the google calendar button on the calendar).
Dr Brian Iwata will conduct a two-day workshop, “Functional Analysis & Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders,” May 10 – 11 in Ann Arbor, MI and May 12 – 13 in Minneapolis, MN.
All will receive a certificate of attendance. BCBAs will receive 12 Type II CE credits and Psychologists will receive 11 CE Credits. Register now – Early registration rate ends April 25.
In Ann Arbor, the workshop is at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, located four miles from the University of Michigan and downtown Ann Arbor. Across the street from Briarwood Shopping Center.
In Minneapolis, the workshop is at the Holiday Inn Metrodome, located on the West side the University of Minnesota campus, in the fabled Seven Corners community of avant-garde theaters, comedy cabarets and pubs.
Go to www.bisoxford.com for registration information, forms and fees. Call Walt Antonow at  234-1640 for more information. Email is .