5 Commitments for Effective and Humane Service Delivery
In 1978, Montrose Wolf argued for the importance of incorporating social validity measures within the science of applied behavior analysis. Almost 50 years have passed since the publication of his seminal article in JABA and the field is still grappling with truly attending to the social significance of our interventions, especially as it relates to the autism community. Criticisms abound from autistic self-advocates and fields outside of behavior analysis (e.g., McGill & Robinson, 2020; Sandoval-Norton, & Shkedy, 2019; Wilkenfeld & McCarthy, 2020) that behavior analysis does not center the autistic perspective. In this interactive webinar, Dr. Megan Miller, BCBA-D will review 5 commitments behavior analysts can make for delivering effective and humane interventions and provide 3 key steps behavior analysts can take to center autistic voices within their service provision and facilitate best outcomes for their clients while collaborating as a team with families and stakeholders.
- Attendees will be able to identify at least 1 concern that exists relating to traditional implementation of behavior analytic practices and the impacts on clients
- Attendees will be able to explain at least 1 shortcoming that currently exists in the field of behavior analysis relating to social validity as described by Wolf (1978)
- Attendees will be able to explain the importance of creating a shared agenda and provide 1 example
- Attendees will be able to explain at least 2 components of developing a connected and trusting relationship
- Attendees will be able to provide at least 1 example of being flexible within service delivery
Megan Miller, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (pronouns she/her/hers) is Chief Clinical Officer of DoBetter Collective. Megan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education and Behavior Analysis at The Ohio State University in 2015. Dr. Miller’s early training in behavior analysis occurred at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a volunteer/intern in 2003. Since that time, she has provided services to over 100 children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Miller has taught courses in behavior analysis and special education as an adjunct professor for several universities. She has co-authored journal articles published in the Journal of Developmental Physical Disability, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She also co-authored “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” with Robert Schramm, BCBA. Megan has provided over 40 presentations to numerous professional organizations around the globe. In 2018, Dr. Miller started the #dobetter professional development movement to improve access to training in best practices in the field of behavior analysis via a free online community, webinars, and a podcast.