Conquer the Classroom - Part 4

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January 13, 2017 | 09:30 AM – 04:30 PM EST

Tackling Classroom Management Issues is All Fun and Games: Applying the Good Behavior Game in Primary and Secondary Schools

One of the primary concerns raised by teachers is their lack of training on effective strategies for managing problem behaviors in their classrooms.  Without good classroom management skills, teachers may rely on punitive strategies, as well as over-referring children for individualized interventions or special education services.  This workshop will teach participants about the Good Behavior Game (GBG) and the wealth of empirical support it has garnered.  Participants will learn how to adapt the GBG to meet teacher preferences and the needs of various student populations, how to work with teachers to implement the GBG, and how to troubleshoot implementation problems. 

Workshop attendees will be able to:

1) Describe the evidence base for short- and long-term effects of the Good Behavior Game

2) Explain the core components of the Good Behavior Game and how they are used in implementing the game

3) Describe several adaptations of the Good Behavior Game

4) Delineate strategies for supporting teachers to effectively implement the Good Behavior Game in their classrooms


Improving the Efficiency and Acceptability of Functional Analyses in Classrooms

Conducting functional analyses (FAs) in classrooms are often difficult and time-consuming endeavors for both behavior analysts and the teachers with whom they work.  Further, questions frequently arise regarding the validity of analogue versus naturalistic arrangements, who should conduct the FA, and what type of FA is best suited for particular situations. Trial-based functional analyses are gaining strong empirical evidence regarding their validity, efficiency, and applicability to school contexts.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to design, implement, and evaluate trial-based functional analyses for school-based cases on which they are currently working.  They will consider how these strategies can best be integrated into naturally occurring classroom routines, as well as how they can effectively work with teachers as FA collaborators.

Workshop attendees will be able to:

1)  Describe the logic of trial-based functional analyses

2)  Design test and control trials for behaviors maintained by adult attention, peer attention, escape from demands, tangibles, and automatic reinforcement

3)  Collect and graph trial-based FA data

4) Describe strategies for working with teachers as collaborators in the FA process

Presenter Bio: Jennifer Austin, PhD, BCBA-D

Jennifer L. Austin received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Florida State University in 1999 and her certification as a behavior analyst (BCBA) in 1994. Dr. Austin developed and served as a primary member of staff for behavior analysis courses at the University of South Florida and California State University, Fresno. She currently directs the MSc course in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and the BSc course in Childhood and Youth at the University of Glamorgan in South Wales. Her teaching and research focus on behavior analytic applications in schools, especially with regard to teacher education, intervention planning and evaluation for typically developing children with severe behavioral challenges, and behavior analytic teaching strategies for university students. She also works with schools and families to develop applied behavior analytic programs for children with a range of behavior problems, including antisocial behavior and autism. Dr. Austin is an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Behaviour Analysis. She is a past member of the executive boards for both the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis and the California Association for Behavior Analysis. 

Location Information

This workshop will be held at the DataFinch Technologies headquarters(located at 53 Perimeter Center E, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30346) and streamed live online. Attend the workshop in person or from the comforts of your personal computer. On - site space is limited.

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