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These classes are tailored for a diverse audience, including Board-Certified Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, ABA Therapists, and aspiring Registered Behavior Technicians. Participants in these comprehensive virtual courses will engage with content delivered by expert speakers, enhancing their professional development. Upon completion of each class, participants will receive a certificate, underscoring Bierman's commitment to high-quality, specialized education in the field of behavior analysis.

These courses were created to support Bierman STARS (Sharing Training for Autism Related Services).

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  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/26/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This journal club, led by Sarah Costa, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LABA, LBA, Clinical Director, will dive into effective and efficient staff training using behavioral skills training (BST). We will review Horner and Sturmey (2012) to break apart the pieces of BST that make it effective and discuss the importance of staff training that leads to integrity within programming.

    Join Bierman Autism Centers for a Valuable Virtual BCBA Supervision CEU Event: 

    Journal Club: Component Analysis of Behavior Skills Training in Functional Analysis


    • Date: Wednesday, June 26
    • Time: 3 - 4 pm EST
    • Credits: 1 Supervision CEU
    • Cost: $10


    This journal club, led by Sarah Costa, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LABA, LBA, Clinical Director, will dive into effective and efficient staff training using behavioral skills training (BST). We will review Horner and Sturmey (2012) to break apart the pieces of BST that make it effective and discuss the importance of staff training that leads to integrity within programming. Please read this article prior to attending the journal club and come prepared to learn more about effective ways to supervise and train others who are working with your clients, as well as the benefits of doing a component analysis in practice.


    Event Highlights: 

    • Understanding Behavioral Skills Training (BST): Learn about the critical components of BST that ensure effective staff training.
    • Component Analysis Insights: Discover the benefits of conducting a component analysis and how it enhances the efficacy of training programs.
    • Application in Practice: Discuss real-world applications and strategies for implementing BST with integrity in programming.


    Why Attend?

    Bierman Autism Centers is committed to fostering an environment where learning and professional development thrive. Our Virtual BCBA Supervision CEU events are designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to excel in your practice. This is an opportunity to expand your understanding of BST, enhance your supervision skills, and contribute to the high standards of care that Bierman is known for.

    Don't miss this chance to engage with fellow professionals, gain valuable insights, and play a part in delivering life-changing support to individuals diagnosed with autism. Your participation enriches your professional journey and impacts the quality of care you provide.

    Reserve Your Spot Today!

    Sarah Costa, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LABA, LBA (Moderator)

    Clinical Director

    Bierman Autism Centers

    Sarah has been part of Bierman’s team since 2022. Over the last 18 years, she has worked in various settings, including public schools, private schools, residential placements, home services, and center-based programs. Sarah has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for 10 years and enjoys working with individuals of all ages, but her passion and energy are well-suited for the young clients we serve at Bierman! She also enjoys supervising BCBA trainees entering the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Sarah is currently pursuing her doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons University.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    This session, guided by Nicole Partridge, BCBA, Director of BA Development, will provide you with comprehensive strategies for assessing and enhancing joint attention skills—a fundamental predictor of language acquisition in children. Drawing from research and systematic instructional design, this presentation will focus on breaking down larger skills into pinpoints that facilitate precise, targeted learning experiences.

    Bierman Autism Centers cordially invites you to join a valuable Virtual CEU:

    "Using Assessments: Systematic Programming to Increase Joint Attention Skills"

    This session, guided by Nicole Partridge, BCBA, Director of BA Development, will provide you with comprehensive strategies for assessing and enhancing joint attention skills—a fundamental predictor of language acquisition in children. Drawing from research and systematic instructional design, this presentation will focus on breaking down larger skills into pinpoints that facilitate precise, targeted learning experiences.
    You'll gain insights into:
    · Strategies for assessing joint attention in early childhood.
    · Systematic programming using component composite analysis.
    · Monitoring progress and defining accurate pinpoints.

    Nicole Partridge, BCBA

    Director of BA Development

    Bierman Autism Centers

    Nicole is a born and raised Boston girl. She is a BCBA with a Master’s degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College. Since her very first internship in college at a local elementary school, she knew working with children was going to be her calling. Over her career, she has worked with children with traumatic brain injury, students with emotional disabilities, and individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum, and has loved every minute. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading at the beach, listening to her favorite bands, and baking yummy treats for friends.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us for an engaging and informative hour with Elizabeth Henry, MS, BCBA, COBA, Regional Director of Clinical Services, and Natalie Scott, M.A., CCC-SLP. This session will explore the critical role of speech and language milestones in designing effective ABA interventions for early language development. Drawing upon the latest updates from the American Speech and Hearing Association, our presenters will discuss how integrating these insights with playful, context-rich interactions can enhance learning outcomes.

    About the Session:
 Join us for an engaging and informative hour with Elizabeth Henry, MS, BCBA, COBA, Regional Director of Clinical Services, and Natalie Scott, M.A., CCC-SLP. This session will explore the critical role of speech and language milestones in designing effective ABA interventions for early language development. Drawing upon the latest updates from the American Speech and Hearing Association, our presenters will discuss how integrating these insights with playful, context-rich interactions can enhance learning outcomes.

    Event Highlights:

    · Understanding Developmental Milestones: Review the ASHA's newly updated communication milestones for children from birth through age five.

    · Integrating Echoics into Play: Learn strategies to weave vocal imitation and tacting into dynamic, play-based activities, maximizing engagement and effectiveness.

    · Enhancing Collaborative Practices: Gain insights on effective collaboration techniques between BCBAs and Speech-Language Pathologists to foster early language acquisition.

    Elizabeth Henry, MS, BCBA, COBA

    Regional Clinical Director

    Bierman Autism Centers

    Elizabeth started working in the field of ABA in 1998 as an undergraduate student. She earned a dual master’s in ABA and OBM from the Florida Institute of Technology. During her career, she has worked in home, community, and center-based settings with clients ranging in age from 2 to 22. After many years as a clinician, Elizabeth founded an ABA agency. After selling the agency, she started working as a Regional Director with a national company that afforded her many new leadership and growth opportunities. Elizabeth is passionate about the generalization of skills, caregiver collaboration, treatment dosage, developing leaders, and ACT. Elizabeth has served on a variety of committees and executive boards.

    Natalie Scott

    Director of Speech Services

    Bierman Autism Centers

    Natalie comes to us with 25 years of clinical and leadership experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University and her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders Science and Services at Southeast State Missouri University. Natalie has served clients of all ages and abilities throughout her career in school, hospitals, rehabilitation, and other clinical settings. Throughout her career, she has been committed to an evidence-based approach to treatment to maximize client outcomes. She is thrilled to continue her career here, collaborating with our clinical team to create progress and possibilities for our clients and team.

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    In our journey to foster comprehensive growth among future BCBA professionals, we're delighted to offer a session that extends beyond conventional behavior analysis. Guided by Simone Palmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, VP of Clinical Training, this enlightening presentation will explore the vital soft skills of empathy and compassionate care. These often-overlooked competencies are crucial for fostering therapeutic rapport and achieving improved outcomes in behavior analysis.

    Bierman Autism Centers warmly invites you to our upcoming Virtual Supervision CEU Event:

    "Teaching Compassion Skills to Students of Behavior Analysis: A Preliminary Investigation"

    About the Session:

    In our journey to foster comprehensive growth among future BCBA professionals, we're delighted to offer a session that extends beyond conventional behavior analysis. Guided by Simone Palmer, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, VP of Clinical Training, this enlightening presentation will explore the vital soft skills of empathy and compassionate care. These often-overlooked competencies are crucial for fostering therapeutic rapport and achieving improved outcomes in behavior analysis.

    Event Highlights: 

    • Empathic and Compassionate Care Skills: Delve into methods for incorporating empathy and compassion into ABA training.
    • Preliminary Investigation Insights: Discuss the findings from a recent study on teaching soft skills to ABA students and their impact on professional practice.
    • Link to Article: Please review this publication before attending the course for an in-depth understanding.

    Supporting the Bierman STARS Program:

    Your participation not only enriches your professional capabilities but also directly supports our Bierman STARS program. This initiative is dedicated to empowering families in need with the foundational principles of ABA, fostering an environment where learning and professional development thrive.

     Join us in this exceptional session to broaden your skill set and contribute to the significant growth of compassionate care within the ABA community.

     We look forward to your participation in this transformative experience!

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    Join us for an Ethics CEU session designed to advance best practices and uphold ethical standards in the care of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This enriching opportunity is open to all professionals looking to deepen their understanding and application of ABA principles.

    Bierman Autism Centers Invites You to a Special Virtual Ethics CEU Event:

    "The Ethics of Actually Helping People: Targeting Skill Acquisition Goals that Promote Meaningful Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

    Join us for an Ethics CEU session designed to advance best practices and uphold ethical standards in the care of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This enriching opportunity is open to all professionals looking to deepen their understanding and application of ABA principles.

    Event Overview:

    Our approach to autism care transcends basic interventions, focusing on a holistic methodology that melds rigorous assessments with a deep understanding of each learner's unique needs. Led by Chief Clinical Officer Chrissy Barosky, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA (MA, TX, UT), LBA (RI), this session delves into the assessment-to-treatment continuum in this article. We aim to spotlight goals that foster genuine, impactful change for our learners, moving beyond mere effectiveness to achieve truly transformative results.

    What You Will Learn:

    • Strategies for assessment-led goal selection that pave the way for meaningful progress.
    • Techniques to enhance case conceptualization beyond the outcomes of standardized skills assessments.
    • Methods for crafting interventions that significantly elevate learner outcomes, driving real change in the lives of those we serve.

    Supporting the Bierman STARS Program:

    Your $10 investment in this course contributes directly to our Bierman STARS program, a 6-week group training initiative for families in need. This program is designed to teach the fundamentals of ABA through expert-led presentations and small group discussions, aiming to integrate ABA strategies into daily routines to improve the lives of children and their families. 

    Bierman is committed to fostering an environment where learning and professional development thrive. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and play a part in delivering life-changing support to individuals diagnosed with autism.

    We look forward to welcoming you to this important event!

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    In this CEU Course, we will challenge that view by exploring how the behavior of language can contribute to and, when leveraged intentionally, attenuate the effects of burnout.

    In this CEU Course, we explore the heavy and serious phenomena of burnout.  When one is experiencing burnout, it's easy to look around and think that it is caused by circumstance.  There's too much to do.  People are difficult to work with.  Et cetera.  In this CEU, we will challenge that view by exploring how the behavior of language can contribute to and, when leveraged intentionally, attenuate the effects of burnout.  Starting with a relatable and fun introduction to relational frame theory, we will look at the impact the behavior of language has, focusing specifically on temporal responding.  Then, we will provide a behavioral definition of inspiration and use that to assess a segment of dialogue for its inspirationalness (and if you are thinking, "is that a word?" you are not alone).  Finally, we provide a basic structure for beginning a conversation intended to inspire people and attenuate the effects of burnout.  

    3 Learning Objectives:

    1) Identify how temporal framing relates to inspiration. 
    2) Complete a self-assessment of where speaking is or isn't inspiring. 
    3) Practice using presented concepts to begin an inspiring conversation. 

    Bio:

    Scott Herbst is the founder and president of SixFlex Training and Consulting and the Chief Programming Officer for Inquiry Inc..  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he focused his studies in organizational systems, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  He has published in the academic and popular literature in the areas of leadership, performance management, organizational culture, and communication.  He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and Behavior and Social Issues, and is a frequent guest-reviewer for other behavioral journals.  He has published in both the academic and popular press in the areas of organizational development, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), leadership, and communication.  In his current practice, he works with organizations and individuals in the areas of leadership development and communication.   

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    This webinar will describe the problems many parents face and then discuss a general problem-solving approach that will help understand how problem behaviors arise, how to deal with them, and, more importantly, how to prevent them in the first place.

    Abstract: 

    Most parents fly on automatic pilot when raising their children. Such a strategy—if it can be called that—works to varying degrees. However, when it doesn’t work, parents seek help and advice from various sources, ranging from their children’s physicians to social media. Often, parents wait until they’re at their wit’s end and are desperate before seeking help. Being a good parent is a difficult job. Because behavior is a natural event, however, the most effective strategies for dealing with unwanted behavior and for teaching desired behavior is based on the science of behavior analysis. This webinar, based on my recent book, How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children, will describe the problems that many parents face and then discuss a general problem-solving approach that will help in understanding how problem behaviors arise, how to deal with them, and, more importantly, how to prevent them in the first place. The target audience is parents and BCBA practitioners who work with parents or carry out parent training.

    Bio: 
    How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children
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    Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full-tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now a professor of psychology and current director of the ABA Specialization Option and BCaBA course sequence, and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published approximately 100 scholarly articles, chapters, commentaries, and book reviews in more than 35 different journals and books. He also has authored or co-authored four books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998), and How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children (2021). He is the past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst (now Perspectives on Behavior Science) and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Advisory Board of The B. F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project (https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org/advisory-board/). Dr. Schlinger received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012 and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015. 

    Hank is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist. He has performed solo and with bands for many decades, both in his hometown of Dallas, Texas and in his adopted town of Los Angeles, California. His album, One More Invention, can be found on Spotify. He is also a reviewer of classical music concerts and recordings, and his reviews can be found at Culturespotla.com.

    Three Learning Objectives:

    Be able to identify five troublesome patterns/problems between parents and children with examples. Be able to say what the term " discipline " literally means. Be able to identify, with examples, the faulty explanation of behavior called circular explanation. Be able to recognize the definition of environment and the three implications of the definition. Be able to explain what reinforcement is and how it can be used to teach desirable behavior and prevent undesirable behavior. Be able to say what self-esteem means and how using positive reinforcement can lead to self-esteem.

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    This training will focus on identifying key motor skills that lead to more complex play behavior, deciphering teaching arrangements based on learner profiles, and choosing materials to catapult learning.

    Abstract: 

    The core deficits of autism, including restricted or repetitive behaviors and impaired social interaction, can often lead to a limited play repertoire (Faras et al., 2010). Learning and exploring through play is also a behavioral cusp that significantly expands their environment, learning new skills and access a wider range of reinforcers. This makes play an important skill to teach when working with children in an early intervention setting. The early stages of play include a range of behaviors, from simple motor movements to complex paired actions and vocalizations. A proven method to assess the need for intervention is breaking larger, complex skills down and identifying the component motor skills needed to succeed (Kubina, 2019). Once a motor movement is determined to be a deficit, there are ways to intervene in a naturalistic, discrete trial training or fluency-based instruction teaching arrangement. After deciding the type of teaching strategy to use, it is imperative the correct materials are chosen. This training will focus on identifying key motor skills that lead to more complex play behavior, deciphering teaching arrangements based on learner profiles, and choosing materials to catapult learning. 

    Bio: 

    Christina Gallagher is a Precision Teacher and practitioner in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her passion for helping children led her to Temple University, where she received a Master’s in Special Education and later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In the last five years, Christina has dedicated her efforts to support early intervention for children with Autism. She is currently working on an instructional library in programming for staff and is a part of the clinical training team.  

    Three Learning Objectives: 
    1. Assess the need for intervention on motor skills needed for complex play behavior
    2. Choose a teaching arrangement based on the learner profile
    3. Curate materials and activities to work on specific skills
  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    The behavior analysis field is growing exponentially, with more individuals training to receive BCBA certifications. For the benefit of our field and the populations we serve, it is of growing importance that we evaluate our supervision practices for effectiveness and efficiency. This training will explore a different way to measure trainees’ progress and outcomes due to our supervision.

    About this CEU:

    The behavior analysis field is growing exponentially, with more individuals training to receive BCBA certifications than ever before.  For the benefit of our field and the populations we serve, it is of growing importance that we evaluate our supervision practices for effectiveness and efficiency.  This training will explore a different way to measure trainees’ progress and outcomes due to our supervision. 

    About the Presenter:

    Kelly LeBlanc is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in the state of Massachusetts. Kelly has worked in the field of ABA since 2013, primarily working with children diagnosed with ASD. She began supervising trainees in the field in 2016 and quickly fell in love with the subject. Kelly has served as a supervisor to trainees both at Bierman Autism Centers and at Simmons University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hiking, playing board games and spending time with her cats.

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    Identify and recognize critical sections and features of diagnostic reports and how to interpret them

    3 Learning Objectives:
    Identify critical sections and features of diagnostic reports
    Learn how to recognize common cognitive assessments and how to interpret them
    Determine how to interpret adaptive behavior data

    Presenter Bio:
    Allison has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2006 and has been a Behavior Analyst since 2013. She has worked in multiple settings, including home, school, clinic, and insurance.

    Catherine has been working in the field of ABA since 2011 and is currently a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and a doctoral BCBA. As a diagnostician, she is passionate about bridging the gap between diagnostic and therapy services.