Seminars Conducted by Dr. Linda LeBlanc

History and Ethical Underpinnings of Research with Client Populations

This presentation reviews the history of research with human subjects, particularly vulnerable populations, to provide context for modern ethics around research with our patient populations. Historical events such as the Nuremberg trials and the Helsinki Declaration are described along with more modern, high-profile instances of human rights violations that have impacted current laws and ethical guidance around research.  The core features of an informed consent are explored along with strategies that can be used to facilitate truly informed consent for applied research.

Objective 1:  Participants will be able to identify historical events from a description of the event and its impact on modern research ethics.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to identify the core features of an informed consent.

Conceptualizing the Relationship between Research and Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a long and storied history of closely integrating research and practice.  That is, everyday practice can inform and even serve as the means by which to conduct research that informs our applied science.  Similarly, the wealth of empirical and conceptual literature in ABA can and should guide our everyday clinical decisions.  This presentation will explore the relationship between research and practice in modern human services delivery with an emphasis on the various ways each can inform the other.

Objective 1:  Attendees will be able to identify the core differences between applied, experimental, conceptual and practice components of the field of behavior analysis.

Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify two strategies for using the published literature to inform their clinical decision making

Providing Behavior Analytic Services to Diverse Populations: A Research Journey and Guidance for Ethically Expanding your Consumer Base

A growing workforce of behavior analysts provides services to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities as legislative initiatives have spurred a growth of funding options to support these services.  These services represent the overwhelming proportion of efforts of practicing behavior analysts. Other consumer groups could and have in the past, benefited from behavior analytic services, but typically have limited access to qualified providers. Examples of behavior analytic studies with Individuals with dementia, children in foster care, children with tics and Tourette’s, and dually diagnosed adults with be reviewed to illustrate the breadth of potential services and individuals with dementia will be used as an example to illustrate the necessary tasks for a behavior analyst to expand their scope of practice to a new population.

Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify experimental findings from studies with other populations besides children with autism.

Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify two strategies for expanding their knowledge and skill base if they desire to expand their consumer base.

Objective 3: Attendees will be able to use a framework for self-evaluating their scope of competence.

Other Presentations

Panel Discussion: Conducting Research in Human Service Organizations

Dr. Linda LeBlanc (LeBlanc Behavioral Consulting), Dr. Tim Caldwell (Behavior Interventions Inc.), Dr. Richard Allen (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health), Dr. Rick Kubina (Central Reach), and Gerald Everette (Behavior Therapy International)

Poster Session

Student created posters demonstrating research experiments or the use of research methodology within treatment interventions.  Scholarships to attend the R2P-ABA conference are available for accepted poster presenters.

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