Collaboration is a critical component of interdisciplinary team treatment, and is mandated by the complex needs of individuals with ASD. For behavior analysts, collaboration presents several common challenges. Working with individuals from other disciplines involves addressing differences in worldview, in the definition of evidence, and in the concept of evidence-based practice. The successful navigation of these challenges leads to more effective team processes and thus improved outcomes for clients. Adherence to our ethical code and fidelity to the behavior analytic worldview are not flexible. On the other hand, flexibility when dealing with other disciplines is mandated. Understanding differences of perspective and treatment requires a functional assessment of those positions, which will suggest ways that behavior analysts can maximize collaborative efforts, maintain fealty to our code and worldview, and maximize client success.
- Participants will describe the need for collaboration across disciplines and strategies for assessing and intervening in collaboration challenges in effective ways.
- Participants will describe ways that behavior analysts can collaborate effectively while adhering to their ethical guidelines.
- Participants will describe how evidence and data can be used to address differences in opinions among team members.
Continuing Education and Professional Development:
- Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II Ethics CEs LIVE or RECORDING
- Psychologists: 2 CEs Ethics LIVE or RECORDING
- Social Workers/Certified Counselors: N/A
- Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.
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Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism and is a mentoring faculty member in the Doctoral program. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, exploring ways to enhance the ethical conduct of practitioners, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Professional Advisory Board of Autism New Jersey, is a regular reviewer for a variety of professional journals, and is a frequent member of service committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is also a Past President of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, a former member of the Board of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, and a former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Autism New Jersey.
Presenter Disclosure Statement
Dr. Mary Jane Weiss does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM).
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