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The Program Committee is excited to announce the official launch of our first ever Special Interest Groups (SIGs)! While each SIG will work independently on specific objectives related to their general interest area, each group will work under the mission and objective of the Special Interest Groups, as outlined by AzABA.

Mission: to provide AzABA members with the opportunity to learn, share and connect with other members in the community with common interests

Objective: to provide resources, an open forum for collaboration, and opportunities to disseminate educational, evidence-based content to association members

Membership: Participation in AzABA’s Special Interest Groups will be limited to members of the association. Please refer to the information on our website to find out more about each SIG, including a brief description and upcoming meeting dates. To sign up for the SIG you would like to join, please log in to your Wild Apricot account and chose from the menu within your Member Profile.

Time Commitment: Given the volunteer nature of the SIGs, it is recommended that the time commitment outlined by each SIG be taken into consideration before joining. Under the direction and guidance of our volunteer leaders, the Special Interest Groups will be working over the next few months to prepare for AzABA’s annual conference in December 2018.

To sign up for the SIG you would like to join, please log in to your Wild Apricot account and chose from the menu within your Member Profile.

RFT/ACT

Leader: Adam D. Hahs, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA

The RFT/ACT special interest group will serve as a medium for facilitating pragmatic contact with Relational Frame Theory (RFT) which serves theoretical foundation upon which the psychotherapeutic approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), may be incorporated into current behavior-analytic practices.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – via Zoom Webinar – Meeting times are 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  • 7/16
  • 8/13
  • 9/17
  • 10/15
  • 11/19
  • 12/3

Beyond Autism/Expanding the Scope of Practice

Leader: Michelle Reed, M.Ed., LPC, BCBA

This SIG will present 2 topics a year and members will be challenged to research, discuss, and/or share ideas on how behavior analysis can impact and contribute to that field. Meetings will be structured with either presentation, webinar, literature review, or open forum for members to share ideas.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – via In-Person or Zoom Webinar available – All times are 7:00pm

  • 6/27
  • 7/18
  • 8/15
  • 9/19
  • 10/17
  • 11/14

Feeding

Leaders: Sarah A. Gentry, M.Ed, BCBA and McKenzie Bogardus-Lowrie, M.A., BCBA

The feeding special interest group has teamed up with Dr. Missy Olive, a feeding specialist with Applied Behavioral Strategies for guidance and support. Dr.Olive has generously offered to provide monthly supervision and support (via WebEx) to the Feeding SIG. The goal of the group is to have at least one participant from all the different ABA agencies/schools (especially our sponsor agencies) participate in the SIG so that they can then disseminate the information throughout their organization. Participation in this group is limited to 20 members who can commit to at least 10 of the 12 scheduled meetings within the year.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – WebEx (link will be sent from Missy Olive) – All times are 10:00am – 11:00am

2018:

  • 7/11
  • 8/8
  • 9/5
  • 10/3
  • 11/14
  • 12/5

2019:

  • 1/2
  • 2/6
  • 3/13
  • 4/10
  • 5/8
  • 6/5

Coordination of Care

Leader: Kellie Band, DBH, BCBA, LBA

This collaborative SIG seeks to disseminate ABA across disciplines while finding ways to integrate and increase collaboration across services. Our goal is to come up with a list of best practices for collaborating across disciplines and create a AKAs for across disciplines (i.e. OT, ABA, SLP).

Upcoming Meeting Dates – Zoom Webinar – All times are 9:30am

  • 7/13
  • 9/14
  • 11/9

The Practice of ABA in the School Setting

Leader: Teresa Torrasen, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA and Karen Peterson, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

This SIG will focus on ABA in the school with emphasis on peer collaboration and solving practical issues to support students and school teams alike by exploring current ABA practices in the schools, various contexts in which FBAs/BIPs might be appropriate and if not, what alternatives can be considered, resources to support ABA practices and the BCBAs role in the school setting, and examining best practices in working with teams to support students.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – In-Person and Zoom Webinar – All times are 6:30pm

  • 7/24 – Zoom Webinar
  • 8/21 – TBD
  • 9/25 – TBD
  • 10/23 – TBD
  • 11/20 – TBD
  • 12/4 – TBD
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