Dr. Aubrey Daniels and Bailey in Performance Management



If you’ve been in the field of behavior analysis for any length of time, it’s more than likely that you’re aware of the significant business issues that’s been plaguing the field. Major issues such as MASSIVE billing fraud (that we know of) and unethical decision-making leading to poor client outcomes and challenging work environments for ethical BCBAs, RBTs and others who care about ethics.

During the 2nd module in our Organizational Ethics & OBM Series, we took a lo how Performance Management can be used as a tool to means to control unethical business practices. Within the past 7 to 10 years, the field of behavior analysis has become big business for private equity (PE) firms. With each successful financial exit, the temptation to “drive for profit” increases exponentially to take advantage of the short window of opportunity during which field is able to provide higher than average sale multiples – typically 5 to 7 times earnings.

Best Practices in Organizational Ethics



In our Organizational Ethics Series, we will explore this topic using a systems approach. The global autism ecosystem is comprised of many different parties, some of whom with conflicting agendas. And yet, in order to provide children, adolescents and adults with the services they medically need, each member of the ecosystem must work together and do their part to fulfill their obligations. It is when members of this ecosystem fail to ethically discharge their obligations that things being to change — for the worse.

As with all our other Ethics webinars, we incorporated cases submitted by BCBAs and RBTs in the field to provide a deeper learning experience.

Best Practices in Billing



Every day, decisions are made by organizations that impact the lives of people around the world. In the field of healthcare, some decisions have profound consequences. Organizations with strong ethical underpinnings, staffed with professionals who place equal importance on ethics, make decisions that place the well-being and care of its recipients above all else. Other organizations who pay little attention to ethics may make decisions that have the potential to profoundly and negatively impact the lives of those individuals under their care.

In our Organizational Ethics Series, we explored this topic using a systems approach. The global autism ecosystem is comprised of many different parties, some of whom with conflicting agendas. And yet, in order to provide children, adolescents and adults with the services they medically need, each member of the ecosystem must work together and do their part to fulfill their obligations. It is when members of this ecosystem fail to ethically discharge their obligations that things being to change — for the worse.

Audit Proofing Your Organization



For most ABA Organizations, selling to a PE firm is not an option as the minimum revenue requirement is $10 million and above. Does this mean that organizations with sales below $10 million can’t realize a financial exit? NO! There are several viable exit options for smaller, private agencies.

An ability to exit a business for several millions of dollars just doesn’t just happen. It takes work and diligence to make a business attractive to an acquirer. In short, an organization has to show that it’s running a tight ship. Acquirers are looking to mitigate their risk. One way demonstrate an organization’s ability to mitigate its greatest risk is to demonstrate its ability to successfully emerge from an insurance audit.

We will identify and provide the best practices to assist your organization in auditing.

  • Exit options and a picture of a tightly run ship
  • Audit proofing strategies upon business formation
  • Audit proofing strategies post formation
  • Proactive: risk mitigation strategies
  • Reactive: what to do when faced with an auditRights and obligations
  • Potential risks and outcomes

RBT

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential is an internationally recognized credential for individuals implementing ABA programs. This credential is issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), an international organization that governs the field of behavior analytics and certifies Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Go here to learn more: www.bacb.com.

Ever Learning’s Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training Course is a challenging program designed not only to meet, but to exceed the requirements established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Our program is unique in that it not only covers task list items outlined by the board, but also includes other important topics RBTs will encounter while working in the field of behavior analysis.

Realities of BCBA Supervision

What are the realities of Supervision for BCBAs and BCaBA? Depending on the quality of the supervisor and the supervisee, it can be the BEST or WORST experience in one’s profession.

The webinar used actual case scenarios submitted by BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs and BCBA Candidates around the world to discuss positive and negative experiences to identify strategies and guidelines to ensure a positive supervision experience. Using the Supervision Best Practices model, with our panel of experts, we reviewed will -review recommendations on ways to approach challenging situations behavior analysts face during supervision.

Ethics in Schools: Best Practices with Jon Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D



During our Ethics in School Systems webinar with Dr. Jon Bailey, PhD., BCBA-D the world’s foremost expert on the topic of Ethics in the field of behavior analysis, we examined challenges commonly faced by BCBAs working in school systems. We’ve analyzed all case scenarios submitted by BCBAs working in or consulting with schools, Dr. Bailey, along with our group of subject matter experts, discussed ways to practically and ethically resolve these areas of conflict.

Organizational Ethics & OBM Webinar Series-Module 1: Common Organizational Ethical Dilemmas



In our Organizational Ethics Series, we will explore this topic using a systems approach. The global autism ecosystem is comprised of many different parties, some of whom with conflicting agendas. And yet, in order to provide children, adolescents and adults with the services they medically need, each member of the ecosystem must work together and do their part to fulfill their obligations. It is when members of this ecosystem fail to ethically discharge their obligations that things being to change — for the worse.

We introduced the Global Autism Ecosystem Framework to identify the roles and responsibilities of each key member and explore areas of intersection in which conflicts and ethical issues may surface. We reviewed common ethical issues that organizations encounter, how (if at all) it pertains to the BACB Ethics Code, and the resulting consequences to all parties of interest.

As with all our other Ethics webinars, we will incorporate cases submitted by BCBAs and RBTs in the field to provide a deeper learning experience.

ADHD Management: Behavioral Strategies Across Settings



As experts in ABA, BCBAs are the most qualified to take on this task. BUT… BCBAs are generalists. If you were tasked to develop an ABA program for someone with ADHD — but without an ASD diagnosis — would you be able to develop and run an effective program?

Our webinar with Dr. Ronald T. Brown, Dean of the School of Allied Services at UNLV and a noted ADHD expert with Dr. Deborah Padgett, CEO of Juniper Pediatrics, a clinic that specializes in treating children and families with ADHD, along with a BCBA with expertise in this area reviewed and discussed effective behavioral strategies that can be implemented across settings.

ADHD Management: Psychopharmacology



According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, approximately 65% to 75% of children and youths aged 4 to 17 with ADHD receive medication treatment. With over 6.4 million kids diagnosed with ADHD, that means there are over 4 MILLION kids with ADHD on medication!

Given the high rate of comorbidity between Autism and ADHD, it’s likely that many parents and professionals have asked this question — “What can I do to help my student, client or child with ADD and/or ADHD achieve independence?”

ADHD Assessment and Diagnosis Across Settings Redone



Like any other condition, early detection and intervention are key to future success. In our ADD/ADHD LIVE Webinar series with Dr. Ronald T. Brown, a renowned ADHD expert, we will demystify the mystery of ADD/ADHD so that parents, teachers, clinicians and other care providers can learn about medication and behavioral strategies to help individuals with ADD/ADHD reach their greatest level of functioning.

Use of assessment and diagnosis to develop treatment plans
(i)  Diagnostic tools
– What are they and when to use?
(ii) Teacher involvement: questionnaire
– Examples
(iii)  Parent involvement: questionnaire
– Examples
Best practices: Treatment algorithm
(i)  How to develop a treatment algorithm (balance between medication and behavioral)
Basic terminology (i.e. definition of functions)

 

Multidisciplinary Collaboration Series Module 4: Psychologist and ABA Collaboration



Psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs® ) often  work with the same student or client in the school and clinic settings. Both fields share the same ultimate goal for the client:  “Meaningful functional and socially-significant change.”

Each profession has it’s own area of expertise in evidence-based modalities in helping the student/client achieve his/her goals. Differences and misunderstandings can create tension, confusion and decrease progress.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the role of a Psychologist School/Clinic settings
  • Identify the role of a Behavior Analyst in School/Clinic settings
  • Describe the history and competencies of both professions
  • Identify common terminology of Psychologists and BCBAs
  • List best practices in collaboration to achieve greater outcomes for the client/student

Ethics of Private Equity (PE) in the Field of ABA



In business, money is often the motivator, whereas, for clinicians, client outcomes is motivation.  Within this webinar, we will uncover the landscape of PE in ABA and identify the good, bad, ugly, and the beautiful.  In doing this, we can then identify associated or potential problems and find actionable solutions.

With this webinar, our goal was to understand the landscape of the Global Autism Ecosystem. The good, bad, ugly and beautiful to (1) Identify the problems and (2) to find solutions.

ADD/ADHD Training Series: Q&A with Dr. Ronald T. Brown, PhD



There are many similarities in symptoms between ADHD and ASD –  difficulties in attention, communication, impulsivity, restlessness or hyperactivity – which can often lead to a misdiagnosis. Additionally, both syndromes cause significant behavioral, academic, emotional, and adaptive problems in school, at home, and elsewhere. (Rao and Landa, 2013).

Beyond the official medical diagnosis, educators, health providers and parents, all of whom interact with and provide intervention to individuals with ADHD often lack training on appropriate strategies that can be implemented during education, therapy and play sessions to help individuals with ADD/ADHD.

Developing Essential Foundational Repertoires in Supervisees (Module 1)



This webinar is presented in a Digital Symposium format – a facilitated roundtable discussion format with world-class guest subject matter experts. Participants were introduced to the concept of Minimum Viable Clinician (MVC), a clinician who possesses a minimum set of competencies to be effective clinicians. Our presenter and panelists reviewed the critical skills required to achieve the MVCs status – (1) clinical competency; (2) critical thinking; (3) cultural competency; (4) commitment to ethics; (5) collaboration, and (6) knowledge of how to maximize technology to create leverage and capacity.

The group engaged in a discussion regarding the importance of mastering these foundational Minimal Viable skills. They used personal stories and examples to underscore the importance and impact of clinicians achieving MVC level of effectiveness. They discussed the current state of the field of behavior analysis and the impact of poor supervision on the lives of clients and the field of behavior analysis.