TxABA 2023 Pre-Conference Workshops


General Workshop Information:


Date: April 27, 2023


Location: Conference hotel Hyatt Regency Riverwalk


TxABA Member Pre-Conference Workshop Registration: $80 for 3-hr workshops and $150 for 6-hr workshop


Non-Member Pre-Conference Workshop Registration: $120 for 3-hr workshops and $225 for 6-hr workshop


*Please note that workshops have a limited number of seats and workshop instructors may promote their own books, curricula/materials, or services. 


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Pre-Conference Workshop #1: Assessment of Adult Core Competencies: Teaching Skills to Adults and Adolescents with Autism and Severe Behavioral Challenges


Instructor: John Guercio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CBIST

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Duration and CEUs: 6 hours and 6 CEUs Available


Abstract: This training will cover comprehensive assessment protocols as they apply to serving adults and adolescents with autism and other intellectual disabilities (ID). The information will go beyond basic functional assessment tools and methodology to cover environmental assessment measures as well as the ability of the person with ID to fully pursue their values and goals that they have set for themselves. A fully operationalized set of what we call "measures of wellbeing" will be reviewed along with their impact on those that we serve. The ability of these measures of wellbeing to ameliorate severe aggressive behavior will also be covered. A complete assessment and intervention tool for working with adults with ASD and intellectual disabilities and severe aggressive behavior will also be covered.




Pre-Conference Workshop #2: Building your Own Ethical ABA Business: An Entrepreneurship/"In-trepreneurship" Workshop


Instructor: Patrick Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Brett DiNovi, BCBA, Christina Morales, BCBA, Isaac Bermudez, BCBA, Jason Golowski BCBA, and Laura Iglesias, BCBA.

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 ETHICS CEUs Available


Abstract: Brett DiNovi and Associates (BDA) scaled BDA from the ground up 17 years ago to an eight-figure organization in six states all while closely adhering to the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts and producing high-quality clinical outcomes. The workshop will focus on both building an organization from the ground up (e.g., entrepreneurship) but will also focus on "in-trepreneurship"; where an individual WITHIN an organization builds a business allowing them to become an entrepreneur in their own right. Several of the panelists also have experience with the “in-trepreneurship” component of building a business. Given that most of these businesses will be for-profit in nature, participants will learn how to engage in entrepreneurship / in-trepreneurship within a profit-sharing model. Participants will learn how to build an organization in an ethical manner, one designed to stay in business for years to come, while providing high-quality clinical services for their clients and their families, while also providing a stimulating and supportive environment for their BCBAs and RBTs. The workshop will be highly interactive in nature - participants should either currently own their own ABA Company or have a strong desire to in the future.




Pre-Conference Workshop #3: Creating and Using Comprehensive Assessment Procedures


Instructor: Jaime Flowers, Ph.D., NCSP, LSSP, BCBA, and Jillian Dawes, PhD., LSSP, BCBA, NCSP

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 ETHICS CEUs Available


Abstract: Ethical guidelines indicate during therapeutic treatment in a psychology, and psychology-related fields assent to be obtained by the learner if they are under 18, or a conserved adult. Assent in therapeutic settings have multiple components that need to be articulated to the learner: the treatment being proposed, the risks and benefits of the treatment, the expected outcomes of the treatment, any alternative treatments, the limits of confidentiality, and reminders that the treatment is voluntary (National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, 1979). Gaining assent in a therapeutic setting has benefits: giving the learner control over the therapeutic process, building rapport and trust, reducing the risk of exploitation, and promoting ethical practice by ensuring therapists respect the learners dignity and autonomy (Synder & Barret, 2006). Similar to behavior analytic therapy, assent procedures should be individualized and based on assessment. This workshop will cover current research on assent and dissent, how to assess for assent and dissent related behaviors, and how to create an assent/dissent protocol which is individualized to a learner. This workshop will also include discussion on the ethical dilemmas a practitioner might face when engaging in a comprehensive assent protocol.




Pre-Conference Workshop #4: Assessment Education, Training, and Research: Implications for Practice


Instructor: Kristen Padilla, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP, BCBA, LBA, and Leonora Ryland, M.Ed., M.S.

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 ETHICS CEUs Available


Abstract: Behavior analysts utilize a variety of assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses, develop treatment plans and monitor progress. Participants in the workshop will learn foundational psychometric concepts as it relates to commonly used criterion referenced assessments in the field as well as reliability and validity research supporting the use of these assessments. Participants will also learn about the current state of assessment education and training for behavior analysts and how we can continue to develop professionally to conduct comprehensive assessments to best serve clients.




Pre-Conference Workshop #5: Developing and Implementing a Competency-Based Approach to Supervision


Instructor: Jessica Akers, PhD., BCBA-D, LBA, and Tonya Davis, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 SUPERVISION CEUs Available


Abstract: Supervising individuals accruing hours to become a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) is one of the most significant responsibilities among BCBAs. Despite recognizing this as an incredible opportunity to shape the future of behavior analysis, supervision may, at times, feel like an overwhelming burden. Excellent fieldwork supervision requires supervisees to plan (a) the specific skills their supervisees must acquire, (b) the order in which those skills will be targeted, (c) instructional strategies to facilitate supervisees’ acquisition of skills, and (d) assessment methods to evaluate supervisees’ progress. This workshop provides foundational knowledge of developing and implementing a competency-based approach to supervision that encompasses the four aforementioned major components of supervision. Workshop attendees will learn how to develop multiple measurable learning objectives for each BACB Task List item in order to ensure supervisees have a deep understanding of and skill repertoire related to each item. The workshop will also prepare attendees to conduct initial baseline assessments for each objective at the onset of supervision and how to use the results of those assessments to develop an individualized scope of supervision activities. Workshop attendees will develop skills to sequence instructional activities to support the supervisee and the setting in which they practice. Finally, workshop attendees will learn how to develop instruction and assessment matched to promote, assess, and track supervisees’ acquisition of learning objectives. Workshop attendees will leave this workshop with the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate planning and executing effective comprehensive and individualized supervision.




Pre-Conference Workshop #6: Integrating Behavioral Artistry and Rapport Building to Build a Compassionate Foundation for ABA-Based Services


Instructor: Molly McGinnis, M.Ed., BCBA, Amy Bukszpan, BCBA, and Ashley Juarez, BCBA

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 CEUs Available


Abstract:  Our rapport-building goals have been taught to siblings, parents, respite care workers, and neighbors to promote and improve social relationships for our clients as well as to promote generalization. In our work, we extended Lugo at al. (2017) by developing a formal rapport building curriculum. The curriculum reflects the 7 pre-session pairing skills, data collection, and teaching procedures Lugo and colleagues (2017) outlined as well as guidance as to the implementation of these items, not only before instruction in the form of pre- session pairing, but throughout session to ensure maintenance of rapport between the client and clinician throughout the therapeutic relationship.

This curriculum has been utilized across insurance companies and meets mandates for coverage for both private and state/federal rapport-building curriculum provides easy-to-follow directions for new clinicians and caregivers to use as they develop their interpersonal skills when working with clients or family members. With a deliberate focus on the key behaviors of Richard Foxx’s behavioral artistry (1985, 1998), these pairing skills build social and play interactions which increase opportunities to access reinforcement, tap into motivation, and improve compassionate and responsive interactions benefiting the client, therapist, and family care in turn, ensuring a positive and rich therapeutic environment.




Pre-Conference Workshop #7: VOX: Verbal Operant Experimental Analysis


Instructor: Lee Mason, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Alonzo Andrews, BCBA

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Duration and CEUs: 3 hours and 3 CEUs Available


Abstract: Pre-treatment functional analysis is the standard of care in applied behavior analysis (ABA). By first determining the variables that control a person’s behavior, we can then arrange them to develop interventions that are individualized to each client. Although functional analyses of challenging behavior (e.g., Iwata et al. 1982/1994) are common within our field, functional analyses of verbal behavior (e.g., Lerman et al., 2005) are rarely implemented. Language impairments are a core deficit of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, the primary recipients of ABA therapy, and a functional analysis of language skills may be beneficial to remediating these deficits. This workshop provides an introduction to verbal operant experimental (VOX) analyses to identify the environmental variables that control verbal behavior. A VOX analysis is relatively quick to administer, and produces various measures of language- including verbal behavior SCoRE, Cochran’s Q test, and first moment of area – that can be used to assess present levels of functional performance and monitor progress over time. The results of a VOX analysis can also inform the development of individualized language intervention plans for individuals with autism and other language disorders. By emphasizing function over topography, VOX analyses are culturally responsive to speakers from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Throughout this interactive workshop, multiple exemplar training is used to demonstrate the range of speakers who would benefit from a VOX analysis.



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