2021 Conference Speakers
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Friday, September 17th Speakers
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Becca Tagg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Don't lose your dinosaur: Strategies for staying sound and sane in a pandemic and beyond

Abstract: Human being can be difficult. It requires navigating frequent changes, often out of our control, multiple times per day and perhaps even multiple times per hour. We must engage with a variety of different individuals and in different capacities. This can lead to stress which has undesirable impacts on our overall wellness. Behavior analysis, as a science, can help us human better! In this session, we will review some of the challenges of the last year and their potential impact on us and those around us and review strategies that may help ameliorate those negative effects and move towards greater overall wellness which leads to more desirable outcomes for us and those we serve.  

Bio: Dr. Becca is the executive director of Del Mar Center for Behavioral Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in southeastern North Carolina. She has formal training in school psychology, clinical psychology, clinical psychopharmacology, and behavior analysis. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings from schools and hospitals to outpatient settings and consulting with organizations. She is a published author and national speaker as well as podcaster and social media facilitator around the professionalization of the field of behavior analysis, leadership and supervision, and self-care and community care. Her clinical practice focuses on psychological testing, training future behavior analysts and psychologists, maternal mental health, and treatment of anxiety based disorders using an ACT oriented approach. Dr. Becca is committed to strong clinical practices and superior leadership and training all while continuing to nourish the other areas in life in order to flourish

 

Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Implementing ABA to Achieve Large Social Impact

Abstract: Large human service agencies provide amazing opportunities for organizational analysis and implementation of standard process, procedures, and cultural change interventions.  This presentation will describe the process for developing clinical standards and oversight systems for supervision and case peer review. In addition, the presentation will focus on evaluation of the quality of clinical process and the outcomes that are achieved.

Bio: Linda LeBlanc is president and founder of LeBlanc Behavior Consulting. Through her practice, she provides a range of services from public speaking and training activities to executive coaching and development of organizational systems for research, and clinical oversight. She previously served as a professor at Claremont MeKenna College, Western Michigan University, and Auburn University and as the executive director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. Dr. LeBlanc is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior AnalysisShe is a Fellow of ABAI and is the 2016 recipient of the APA Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

 

Rob Horner, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Implementing ABA to Achieve Large Social Impact

Abstract: This session will focus on the value of behavior analysis principles and applied behavior analysis technology to benefit society.  Emphasis will be given to the variables that affect large-scale adoption of ABA practices in schools, communities, work, and home contexts.  Experience from implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) across more than 29,000 schools will be used to propose areas where all behavior analysts may contribute.  Specific consideration will be given to (a) operational definition of evidence-based practices, (b) investing in the organizational variables needed to adopt and sustain effective practices, (c) measures of procedural fidelity as a critical component of large-scale implementation, and (d) improved use of data-based decision-making under natural conditions.

Bio: Rob Horner is an emeritus professor of special education at the University of Oregon.  His research has focused on applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, multi-tiered instructional systems, equity in education, and systems change. He has worked for 20 years with George Sugai in development and implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).  Over 29,000 schools are implementing PBIS nationally.  Dr. Horner has been the editor of the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and associate editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Mental Retardation. Dr. Horner is recipient of multiple awards, including the 2002 AAMR Education Award, the 2006 ABA Public Service in Behavior Analysis Award, the 1996 APA Fred Keller Educational Researcher Award, the 2014 AERA Distinguished Researcher Award, and the 2020 Association of Positive Behavior Support Leadership Award.

 


 Saturday, September 18th Speakers 

 

Elizabeth H. Fong, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Abstract: This interactive talk will challenge participants to examine their own histories relating to social justice, diversity and culture.  Participants will also be given a brief overview of ABA and diversity, including how demographics, supervision, and practice are related to diversity. Various ethical scenarios will be examined and participants will be asked to think about how their values and ethics may lead them to respond. In addition, concepts borrowed from other disciplines, such as psychology and sociology will be introduced and participants can see how these concepts can also be applied to ABA.

Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Hughes Fong is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed Behavior Specialist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Hughes Fong has published and presented in the area of behavior analysis, culture and diversity.  Dr. Hughes Fong, serves on the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 35, as the co chair for the Committee on Technology. She is an ad hoc reviewer for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. In addition, she is the founder of the Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts (now called the Culture and Diversity SIG of ABAI), and the co coordinator of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Diversity, Equality and Inclusion board.  

 

Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Nancy Rosenberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Building a Bridge to the New Ethics Code

Abstract: In January 2022 Board Certified Behavior Analysts will be expected to comply with a new ethical code.  While this code is similar to the code BCBAs have been operating under since 2016, it has some important changes, including the addition of core principles, description of the scope of the code, and the introduction of a process to guide ethical decision making.  Now providers, supervisors, and University preparation programs are grappling with how to learn the details of the new code and how to teach others about the new code.  In this presentation, we will highlight the differences between the two codes, discuss ethical areas that have been and are likely to continue to be problematic to providers, and provide suggestions for how BCBAs can develop and maintain their ethical fitness.

Bio: 

Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at UW.  She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions.  She serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention.  Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997 and was started as a model demonstration project with OSEP funding.  She is currently working on projects to improve the quality of instruction students with disabilities receive in charter schools and strategies that can be used to improve access to services for young children with ASD in under resourced areas. 

Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Special Education department at the University of Washington and the director of the UW Applied Behavior Analysis program.  Dr. Rosenberg has research and scholarly interests in the area of ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis, effective supervision practices, challenging behaviors, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Her recent publications include studies on the use of bug-in-ear technology for coaching and discussions of ethics in behavior analysis.  Dr. Rosenberg serves as chair of the ABA Advisory Committee for the Washington State Department of Health.  Dr. Rosenberg is also the parent of an adult with autism.

 

Linda A. LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Title: Recommended Practices for Supervision and Mentoring of Behavior Analysts

Abstract: Practicing behavior analysts and behavior analysts often provide supervision for young professionals who are pursuing certification as a behavior analyst. Effective supervision is critical to the quality of ongoing behavioral services, the professional development of the supervisee, the continued growth of the supervisor, and the overall development of our field and its’ practice. Though there are now training and CEU requirements for supervising those who are accruing hours towards the experience requirement for certification; few resources exist to guide supervisor activities and recommended practice. This workshop summarizes five overarching recommended practices for supervision with detailed strategies and resources for structuring the supervisory experience and ongoing mentorship. 

Bio: Linda LeBlanc is president and founder of LeBlanc Behavior Consulting. Through her practice, she provides a range of services from public speaking and training activities to executive coaching and development of organizational systems for research, and clinical oversight. She previously served as a professor at Claremont MeKenna College, Western Michigan University, and Auburn University and as the executive director of Trumpet Behavioral Health. Dr. LeBlanc is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior AnalysisShe is a Fellow of ABAI and is the 2016 recipient of the APA Nathan H. Azrin Award for Distinguished Contribution in Applied Behavior Analysis.