VIRTUAL Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2021
Virtual LIBAC 2021
December 3, 2021
8:20AM - 5:25PM
The ELIJA Foundation is an approved provider of BACB Type II CE credits. BACB® Provider OP-07-0143
9 BACB CE's Available
December 3rd, 2021
Invited Keynote Speaker:
Carl Binder, Founder and CEO of The Performance Thinking Network
Dr. Carl Binder began as a doctoral student in Experimental Psychology, attending Harvard University at the invitation of B.F. Skinner, whose writings had inspired him deeply. With an interest in making a societal contribution, he rapidly shifted from basic research to real world application of behavior science, first developing innovative instructional methods and teacher training for educators, and later contributing to the emerging field of human performance technology in large organizations. With input from many extraordinary teachers and colleagues, Carl has spent over 40 years bringing his enthusiasm for behavior science into corporations, schools, and public organizations worldwide. Founder of four consulting firms, recipient of career awards from the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Performance Improvement, and the Organizational Behavior Management Network, prolific author and speaker, Carl believes that the Performance Thinking Network is his best opportunity yet for making a contribution. His ability to synthesize information from multiple fields, communicate complex ideas in plain English to non-specialists, and build excitement about making a difference with behavior science bring an intellectual and emotional spark-plug to The Performance Thinking Network.
Title: Accomplishment Based Performance Improvement for ABA Organizations (1.5 BACB CE)
Abstract: Dr. Thomas F. Gilbert, in his pioneering book, Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance, introduced the paradigm shift for those who apply behavior science in organizations from what he called costly behavior to valuable accomplishments. He emphasized that by focusing on the valuable products of behavior produced by individuals, teams, processes and whole organizations, we can focus on producing the value we seek while configuring lean combinations of behavior influences to optimize return on investments in people. Binder's plain English Performance Thinking® models and tools have emerged from mentoring by Gilbert and colleagues during the 1980s and 1990s. They have been applied by hundreds of Performance Thinking Practitioners and Managers/Coaches over several decades in corporations and human services organizations, and encompass all that we know from behavior science. Now being applied in growing ABA organizations, this approach a powerful step beyond OBM for defining and supporting clinical and business processes, focusing management and supervision on the things that count, and optimizing employee engagement and retention. Carl's presentation provides an overview of the origins, rationale, and applications of Performance Thinking, with examples and implications for ABA and Behavioral Health organizations, large and small.
Attendees will be able to:
- Describe the difference between behavior and accomplishments (work outputs)
- Expand their analysis of performance to include all categories in the Six Boxes® Model
- Discuss possible applications for performance improvement, program implementation, and clinical supervision
Josh Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Joshua Jessel completed his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also worked with children with severe problem behavior as a clinical specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute on the neurobehavioral inpatient unit. He went on to earn his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley at Western New England University with his primary research focusing on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior exhibited by children with autism. Dr. Jessel continued to extend this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at a clinic in Fort Worth, Texas where he oversaw nearly 100 children with autism admitted to an outpatient program. Dr. Jessel has currently published over 15 articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals including the flagship journal, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, where he is serving on the editorial board. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at four universities and he is currently an assistant professor at Queens College.
Title: A Self-Reflective Exploration of the Treatment of Children Who Exhibit Problem Behavior (1 BACB CE)
Abstract: Behavioral interventions based on operant interpretations of problem behavior have existed for decades. However, procedures have continuously evolved, improving practicality among clinicians in more ecologically relevant settings (home, school, community) and focusing on humane forms of treatment. More recent advancements have been influenced by the neurodiversity movement and have focused on maintaining respect for one’s autonomy and care during the implementation of assessment and treatment procedures. In this talk I will be reflecting on evidence-based procedures I have used in the past (e.g., extinction, physical prompting), and present adaptations from the current research literature (e.g., choice, trauma-informed procedures) that I have personally adopted in the hopes of improving the treatment of the children I serve.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Identify historically relevant assessment and treatment procedures.
- Know three adaptations for improving ethical care of those receiving assessment and treatment services.
- Understand elements of their own practice in which adaptations can be applied.
Bobby Newman, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA & Jennica Velasquez-Nill
Title: TBD (1 BACB CE)
Bobby Newman, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York and Tennessee, and Licensed Psychologist. Affectionately known as the Dark Overlord of ABA, Bobby is the first author on thirteen books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, utopian literature, and fitness. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles and has hosted two series of radio call-in shows. Bobby is the Past-President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. He is the Executive Director of Clinical Services for Proud Moments. Bobby is also a certified personal trainer, obstacle course racer and marathoner and is an Ambassador for the Great Sportsmanship Programme. Bobby teaches non-violent crisis intervention philosophy and techniques for agencies and families. Bobby was a final four finalist for the 2016 For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award.
Jennica is our ELIJA Farm Program Coordinator. She is a mother of 3. Her son Dustin is a 2020 ELIJA School Alumni and he is enrolled with ELIJA TPS utilizing Self-Direction. Jennica has been employed at the Long Island Advocacy Center in Hauppauge since 2009 as an education advocate.
JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA & Christina Thivierge, Esq.
Title: Current ABA Events and Ethical Implications (1 BACB CE)
JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA
JoAnn received her BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany and her MS in Special Education from Adelphi University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst. JoAnn is the co-owner and Executive Director of MKSA LLC, an agency that provides services to children with autism and other developmental delays. She has worked in this field for the last 20 years as a therapist, consultant and administrator. JoAnn is currently an adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Early Childhood Special Education Program. She has been an active member of both the Nassau County and the Suffolk County Early Intervention (LEICC) Committee on Autism for 16 years and chairs the Suffolk committee. She has presented numerous presentations and workshop for parents and professionals; school districts and the Departments of Health. JoAnn serves on the Board of Directors of the ELIJA School. She volunteers her time to various organizations in support of children with special needs, and professional organizations striving to improve the quality services provided to those children. She is also the parent of an adult son with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Christina Thivierge Esq. Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C.
Christina Thivierge is a co-founding partner and principal in the law firm of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., a private law firm in New York City that concentrates on special education cases. Christina Thivierge is an award-winning member of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, Inc. She also belongs to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and the New York County Lawyers Association. Additionally, she has presented on IDEA/IDEIA and other special education law topics for a number of organizations in the Tri-State area. Prior to attending law school, Christina spent nine years working with adults diagnosed with autism and other disabilities through the Central Connecticut ARC.
Amy Davies Lackey, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA-NY, SAS/SDA
Dr. Amy Davies Lackey received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University Teachers College. She was the recipient of the Nelle Taylor Award in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst whose expertise is in the education of individuals with autism as well as their families. Her diverse teaching experiences include regular education, incarcerated juvenile violent offenders in special education, mainstream settings, parent education, and teaching individuals with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 25 years. Her research has been presented at numerous conferences in the field. She has focused primarily on teaching social skills and observational learning to children with autism and related disabilities, teacher training, as well as parent education. Dr. Davies Lackey is currently the Director of Education at Manhattan Childrens Center, an adjunct professor of education for several universities, currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Special Education Research, Policy & Practice and is a behavioral consultant to organizations and families.
Title: Teaching Effectively and Efficiently: Using Principles and Programs of Direct Instruction to Improve Program Design and Teaching (1 BACB CE)
Abstract: Behavioral interventions based on operant interpretations of problem behavior have existed for decades. However, procedures have continuously evolved, improving prac
Individualized instruction is a hallmark of applied behavior analysis programs, whether within the classroom, clinical settings, or home-based instruction. One of the challenges in creating individualized programming to meet the unique needs of each learner is the instructional design and arrangement of concept and instructional stimuli such that the instructional sequencing creates a path for successful teaching and learning. While there are many forms of commercial curricula utilized in special education settings, very few are designed for non-traditional learners with significant needs, learners with emerging verbal behavior repertoires, and learners who often lack the prerequisite skills for successful acquisition of skills through traditional group instruction. The instructional design and principles within Direct Instruction (DI) programs, provide effective organization of stimuli and concepts, clear and concise language in instructional presentation and establish the building blocks for future knowledge. This presentation will discuss the foundational concepts and principles of DI and the application to special education learners in maximizing teaching and learning.
Attendees will be able to:
- Identify DI design components and principles that lead to effective teaching and instructional design practices for learners with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities
- Understand how to apply instructional sequencing principles of DI to teaching skills for students
- Identify modifications that can be made to DI programs for learners with varied instructional repertoires
Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Michelle Smigel is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of Prevail NJ
Title: Critical System Variables and Their Implementation to Ensure Effective Programs for Individuals with Autism (1.5 BACB CE)
Abstract: Over the years, there has been an enormous growth in the need for intervention services geared at improving the lives of those with autism. New programs have developed rapidly to address the needs of autistic individuals in education, adult day, and residential programs. However, an increase in the quantity of programs has not necessarily gone hand in hand with an increase in the quality of services. To ensure effective intervention efforts, programs must implement critical process variables, incorporate systems of accountability and ensure collection of outcome data that feed back into the system to ensure the effectiveness of the model in use. The purpose of this presentation is to share information about standards of excellence with regard to clinical and administrative systems and governance for autism intervention agencies; as well as the importance of dissemination and implementation of these system variables. We will discuss the importance of staff training and oversight, documentation of outcomes, evaluation of staff and program performance, and professional standards as they relate to the effective implementation of systems that promote excellence for those with autism.
Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dawn Buffington Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Co-Founder and Director of Prevail NJ, an organization dedicated to providing a wide array of residential alternatives and community supports to adults with autism. She is also the Executive Director Emerita of the Institute for Educational Achievement (IEA), a non-profit program for children and adults with autism. Dr. Townsend also serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Scientific Autism Intervention (ASAI), a membership organization that promotes excellence in scientific autism intervention. She earned a doctorate in psychology / behavior analysis from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Dr. Townsend served as the Treasurer of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis for 10 years, as an advisory board member for several autism intervention programs globally, as a guest editor on several journals in the field of autism, and as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College (CUNY). She has extensive research experience in the area of autism intervention, with an emphasis on developing communication and social skills in children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Dr. Townsend has mentored many professionals at the masters and doctoral levels. Her research has focused on the development of social and language skills in children and adolescents with autism and she has published numerous articles in both basic and applied behavior analysis journals. In addition, she has made numerous presentations on autism intervention at local, national, and international conferences and promotes the application of behavior analysis in the effective education of individuals with autism through consultation with other programs and professionals both nationally and internationally.
Michelle Smigel is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of Prevail NJ
Michelle Smigel is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of Prevail NJ, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing creative residential options to adults with autism. She is also the Vice President of Poochie Doochie productions and an accomplished screenwriter. She is the Executive Producer of Night of Too Many Stars, a “star-studded, celebrity filled, rousingly fun – and seriously impactful – comedy benefit that raises funds for autism programs across the country”. Ms. Smigel is a Board Member of Next for Autism, a non-profit organization that “strategically designs, launches and supports innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder “. She is married to Robert Smigel and is the proud mother of Daniel Smigel, a young adult diagnosed with autism, and his two brothers Roey and Ethan Smigel
Deborah Napolitano BCBA-D, LBA Associate Professor at Daemen College ABA Department and The Golisano Institute for Developmental Disabilities Nursing
Dr. Deborah Napolitano joined the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) faculty at Daemen College as an Assistant Professor in October of 2018. Debbi previously was on faculty as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where she still retains a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor appointment. Debbi also continues to work with Hillside Family of Agencies supporting the behavioral programming in the Developmental Disabilities Department. Debbi obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology/Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas in 2000.
Debbi is widely published in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavior analysis, with peer reviewed research publications in some of the field’s premier journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Debbi also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Mental Health Research in Developmental Disabilities. Debbi’s research interests are in the areas of rigid and repetitive behavior in individuals with autism, drug and behavior interactions, applications of behavior analysis in child welfare, and the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior of persons with IDD. Her clinical interests are also in these areas, with additional focus on interprofessional collaboration and the interface between behavior therapy (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ABA for individuals with dual diagnosis of IDD and brain health concerns.
Debbi has spent a great deal of her career advocating for individuals with IDD, their families, and for the profession of Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on the Developmental Disabilities of Western New York/East (DDAWNY/East) family legislative committee and also serves on the Leadership Council for the National Council for Severe Autism. Debbi also serves on the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) legislative committee and is the secretary for the Severe Challenging Behavior Special Interest Group of the International Association on the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) Debbi also has previously served as President of NYSABA and on the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) Board of Directors for the previous six years.
Title: The Need and Benefits of Interprofessional Collaboration in the Treatment of Individuals Who Are Prescribed Behavior Modifying Medication (1 BACB CE)
Abstract: Individuals with whom behavior analysts work, especially those who display behaviors that interfere with their quality of life, often are prescribed medications intended to treat those interfering behaviors. The difficulty for behavior analysts is often the lack of understanding of the benefits and risks of behavior modifying medications and a lack of experience working with professionals outside of typical treatment teams (e.g., psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners). Additionally, it is often unclear whether the medication is prescribed as a bandaid for treating the target behaviors because the prescriber has no other tools (e.g., no collaborative relationship with a treating behavior analyst) or because the individual with whom we work has a brain health condition that may be best treated in part with medication (e.g., depression, anxiety). This presentation will discuss the need and benefits of interprofessional collaboration in the treatment of individuals who are prescribed behavior modifying medication. Additionally, the presenter will describe some tools to use when assessing the effects of medication on behavior.
Amy Gravino, M.A.
Title: Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on ABA, Dating, and Love, Autism Style (1 BACB CE)
About: Amy Gravino, M.A., is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for organizations, schools, individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Amy is an international speaker who has given TED talks, spoken twice at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, and presented worldwide to audiences on a variety of topics related to autism, with a dedicated special focus and research on the subject of autism and sexuality. Ms. Gravino obtained her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University in 2010 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Specialisterne USA, Yes She Can, Inc. and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK). She is an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in Spectrum, the leading online news source for autism research, Reader’s Digest, special education textbooks, and other outlets. Visit www.amygravino.com to learn more.
Abstract: Individuals on the autism spectrum are sexual beings, yet ABA as a field has not risen to the challenge of helping autistic people learn skills related to dating and sexuality. This session, which features a woman on the autism spectrum sharing her firsthand perspective, will discuss how and why the field of ABA has fallen short in teaching dating skills, what we can do better, and the potential challenges involved with teaching these skills. Strategies and resources will also be offered to help professionals and parents begin conversations about relationships and sexuality with their children and clients.
Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA, Founder and CEO of The ELIJA School
Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Founder and CEO of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation, the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA’s Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. She is currently serving as a board member for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council to help address the need for professional development opportunities within the field of Behavior Analysis. She has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. Her most recent projects include inclusive housing initiatives and expanding work opportunities for people living with autism. She has a 23 year old son with Autism.
*Member pricing only applies to current members of The ELIJA Foundation. Memberships purchased within 60 days of LIBAC do not qualify.
PRICING AS OF 11/26
|1 Day non-member||$125|
|1 Day non-member with 9 BACB CE's*||$150|
|1 Day member||$100|
|1 Day member with 9 BACB CE's*||$125|
*INCLUDE 9 CEU's
Attendees belonging to school districts that will be paying the registration fee should contact ELIJA at 516-216-5270 directly to register.
To be eligible for member pricing, attendees must be a member of The ELIJA Foundation at least 60 days prior to conference date, or a member of NYSABA.
Organizations who register 10 people or more will receive a 10% discount. Payment must be made under one purchase order to receive the group discount. Please call ELIJA at 516-216-5270 to register with a group discount.
Continuing Education Requirement CE Policy:
- Attendees must scan in or enter the appropriate code into CEU Helper when prompted at the beginning of the event for each CEU-qualifying presentation.
- Attendees must scan out or enter the appropriate code into CEU Helper when prompted at the end of the event for each CEU-qualifying presentation.
- Attendees must answer questions in CEU Helper during events when prompted in order to indicate that they are still present.
- Attendees are required to review CEU Helper for the CEUs that they have completed and sign out of the virtual conference on the app. This must happen after completing the last CEU-qualifying event that they wish to receive credit for (i.e., only sign out of a multi-day event after your last day at the event), but no later than 24 hours after the last available opportunity to participate in the presentation.
- After review and approval by LIBAC CE Administrator, CEUs will be awarded in CEU Helper. Attendees will receive an e-mail notification of the availability of the certificate online. Attendees must download or print the certificate from CEU Helper for proof of CEUs/attendance. Hard copies of certificates WILL NOT be provided by LIBAC.
- It is the responsibility of the attendees to keep the certificate for their records and submit the information to the BACB through their own account in the BACB Gateway.
- PLEASE NOTE: CEUs will not be provided to anyone who does not meet the above requirements. LIBAC does not enter CEUs directly into the BACB Gateway.
Continuous Reinforcer - $5,000
Signage Displayed and Verbal Recognition During Virtual Conference, Outside Back Cover Ad on Digital Program, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Logo on Giveaway and Virtual Conference Registration for 10 People.
Primary Reinforcer - $2,500
Signage Displayed and Verbal Recognition During Virtual Conference, Inside Front Cover Ad on Digital Program, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, Logo on Giveaway and Virtual Conference Registration for 5 attendees.
Conditioned Reinforcer - $1,000
Signage Displayed During Virtual Conference, Full Page Ad on Digital Program, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, and Virtual Conference Registration for 2 attendees.
Premack Reinforcer - $500
Signage Displayed During Virtual Conference, 1/2 Page Ad on Digital Program, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter, and Virtual Conference Registration for 1 attendee.
Generalized Reinforcer - $250
Signage Displayed During Virtual Conference, 1/4 Page Ad on Digital Program, Logo & Link on ELIJA Website, Listing in ELIJA Newsletter.
Friday, December 3rd, 2021 (9 BACB CE's)
- 8:20-8:30: Greeting and Set Up
- 8:30-9:20: Deborah Napolitano BCBA-D, LBA | 50 Minute Session | 1 BACB CE
- 9:30-10:20: Amy Davies Lackey, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA-NY, SAS/SDA | 50 Minute Session | 1 BACB CE
- 10:30-11:45: KEYNOTE: Dr. Carl Binder 75 Minute Session | 1.5 BACB CE
- 11:45-12:15: Lunch
- 12:15-1:30: Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Michelle Smigel 75 Minute Session | 1.5 BACB CE
- 1:45-2:35: JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA & Christina Thivierge, Esq. | 50 Minute Session | 1 BACB CE/Ethics
- 2:45-3:35: Josh Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA | 50 Minute Session | 1 BACB CE
- 3:45-4:35: Amy Gravino, M.A. | 50 Minute Session | 1 BACB CE
- 4:35-5:25: Bobby Newman, BCBA-D/LBA & Jennica Velasquez-Nill | 50 Minute Video Session | 1 BACB CE
Virtual LIBAC 2021
December 3, 2021
8:20AM - 5:25PM