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"The Use of Organizational Behavior Management in Training Applied Beha" by Katherine M. Stegman

Applied behavior analysis has a long history of success in showing therapeutic gains within human service settings. The need to train all types of staff in behavior analytic methods is crucial to the continuation of this tradition. Research has shown organizational behavior management (OBM) to be effective in teaching others to implement behavior analytic programs. However, OBM appears to be largely absent from human service settings. The present research paper reviews the literature in this area, examines trends, and makes suggestions for future research.
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Organizational behavior management  (OBM) is an area of research that is within the realm of applied behavior analysis and has been in existence for decades. OBM is the examination of the behavior of those at work. More specifically, OBM is the application of Skinner’s science of behavior.  As such, OBM is considered a sub-discipline of applied behavior analysis (ABA), not a separate field. Private and public organizations can be included in all work settings of OBM and work-behavior categories may include but not be limited to: safety skills, efficiency, quality control, and the prevention of employee absenteeism. 

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Introduction to The Special Issue on The Behavior Analysis and Treatment of Drug Addiction

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Extensive evidence suggests that drug addiction can be viewed as operant behavior and effectively treated through the application of principles of operant conditioning. Interventions can be managed through direct reinforcement of drug abstinence or other therapeutically important target behaviors.  Behavior analysts have contributed to the substantial and rapidly growing literature on operant treatments for drug addiction, publications of this work appear in medical and clinical psychology or drug abuse journals. 

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An example of ABA in psychology is the following:  An interpersonal stimulus situation, that is followed by a significant event and is a reinforcement, pleasure, physical of psychological pain, fear, anxiety, hunger, thirst, and sexual satisfaction or deprivation presents a learning moment in which the conditional stimulus becomes associated with some behavior.  The cues may be a place or may be individuals.  In addition, these may be the availability of reinforcement if certain responses are made. 

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ASSURING THE QUALITY OF ABA INTERVENTIONS VIA OBM: A TUTORIAL

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A great tutorial giving an overview on ABA and OBM.  This .pdf relates ABA and OBM to various "socially important" areas; like autism and developmental disabilities, community interventions, and human development.  ABA and OBM can be used with children and adults throughout everyone's lives.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Children with Autism

An introduction to ABA therapy and request for support, presented by the Behavior Analysis Center of Asheville (BACA), a not-for-profit organization. Two fam...
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This video is an introduction to ABA and ABA therapy and the importance of early intervention with Autism.  It focuses on two families and their journey of diagnosis and ultimately therapy.  The therapy focuses on the effectiveness of ABA and the strides the families have made with their children with Autism.

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Understanding ABA

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of behavior analytic (learning) methods, as validated by scientific research, to change socially important behavior in meaningful ways. These “socially important behaviors” may include communication and language, social skills, and adaptive behavior such as eating and toileting. The field of ABA is broad, addressing socially important behaviors across a wide range of people and settings. While most recognizable in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities, the science of ABA is regularly used to improve performance in a variety of fields, such as education, organization and business management, and sports.

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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Intellectual Disabilities - Intellectual Disabilities

The ABA approach utilizes two, well-researched learning theories. These are: 1) classical conditioning and 2) operant conditioning. The ABA does not require great intellectual ability in order for learning to be successful. Thus, ABA is ideally suited for people with mental challenges. This includes people with intellectual disabilities.
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This article, from sevenccounties.org, integrates ABA as one of their main strategies in helping people with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly mental retardation).   This particular agency works with all ages, including adults, and touts the importance and success of working with and utilizing ABA techniques.  A few examples are given in the piece.

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PsycNET - Display Record

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The treatment of individuals with mental illness changed dramatically during the 20th century as custodial arrangements progressed to a mix of educative and therapeutic programs within mental hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community-based facilities. The use of psychosurgery and electroconvulsive shock therapy decreased as pharmacology became the treatment of choice for many mental health impairments.  A parallel change has been occurring within the field of behavior analysis as its investigations have extended from basic research with nonhuman animals in laboratories to improving socially significant behavior of humans in applied settings.   Much of the early research within the field of ABA was conducted within state mental hospitals using operant procedures such as token economies, reinforcement procedures, shaping, and extinction for persons with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia.  Over the last 50 years, behavior analysis has been successfully applied in mental institutions and community-based facilities to increase social, self-care, vocational, leisure, and recreational skills while concurrently reducing behavioral problems such as delusional speech, bizarre behavior, and aggression Despite beneficial outcomes, behavior analytic techniques are often underused or supplanted by interventions with limited scientific support.  The enhanced prognostic and therapeutic outcomes associated with ABA indicate that this approach could contribute much to the treatment of clients with mental health disorders. 

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Email & Stimulus Control.mp4

How to fight email addiction in sixty seconds and gain a month of productivity a year.
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This short video is a wonderful video that uses ABA techniques to help people with e-mail addiction.  While I never considered myself an "e-mail addict," I do find that I am "conditioned" by the sound of getting new mail, then stopping what I am doing to check it.  I will be using his techniques to become more productive during the work week unless I have an important matter pending.

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APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) short version

Applied Behavior Analysis is the science of applying clinically effective techniques and strategies to modify behavior. A great majority of popular intervent...
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A great video for teachers and/or anyone interested in  classroom based strategies for helping students with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  With the growing rates of Autism and ASD, and, therefore, the increased rates of students with Autism and ASD being placed in our schools, this video is a great piece on incorporating ABA in the classrooms.  State regulations are mandating that public school systems meet the needs of students  with disabilities.  This video shares some great tips and techniques.

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