ABA Technologies is pleased to share that one of its own, Dr. Darnell Lattal, will be the 2019 recipient of the Organizational Behavior Management Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), in Chicago, Illinois this May. A long list of notable behavior analysts has preceded her as a recipient of this award, including Aubrey Daniels, Jon Bailey, Judith Komaki, and Bill Abernathy—pretty stellar company!
The award recognizes Darnell’s significant contributions to OBM over many years and in many roles. For almost 10 of those years, she was the Director of Children’s Services for a Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center across a four-county region in West Virginia. In this role, she worked with others to address and design interventions and clinical treatment from infants to teens as well as their caregivers, teachers, and parents. She had earned a masters degree in Special Education where she began her behavioral work. She was taught by Phil Drash’s team in the Verbal Conditioning Laboratory at Johns Hopkins U, exposed to Ted Ayllon’s token economy work at Anna State Hospital, Illinois. and worked with psychologists who persisted up the legal chain to establish a patient’s’ Right to Treatment judgment by the supreme court. She helped to set up services, including token economies in classrooms and institutions at a time where there were very few indeed. She participated in Civil Rights in Alabama and violence reduction policies at a national level, invited to the White House for the passage of the Brady Bill, both reflecting a lifelong interest in reducing coercive control.
While a Ph.D. student, she studied with faculty very interested in the then-developing field of OBM, among the first operant programs to offer a specialty in behavioral systems, influencing the rest of her career. Her dissertation was on conditions that promote help-giving by strangers to a person in need, a demonstration of her early interest in conditions that maximize cooperation and trust. Working with such prominent behavioral psychologists as Jon Krapfl, Ed Callahan, Don Hake, and Rob Hawkins, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from WVU, during a time of intense exploration of concepts related to radical behaviorism and the importance of verbal behavior. She worked with psychiatric and prisons system, providing behavioral training and coaching to prison guards, training parents raising high-risk children living in conditions of poverty, illiteracy, and potential (and actual) abuse. At Valley, she and other colleagues obtained a 3-year renewable grant to address infant development and parental interactions. She started the Youth Services Center as an alternative to incarceration for juvenile offenders, including job skills training and access to courses toward a high school diploma. After leaving Valley, she established her own company, Context Management, Inc, offering clinical services and introduced behavioral strategies to increase literacy in the local adult and child populations.
Following a stint as assistant to WVU’s Provost for Academic Affairs, she jumped into the world of OBM consulting with Chicago-based Corporate Behavior Analysts, or COBA, as it was known in OBM circles. After a move to the Continuous Learning Group at its formation, Darnell later found a home with Aubrey Daniels & Associates, Inc., (soon to become Aubrey Daniels International) in 1997. After a couple of years, Aubrey selected Darnell to be President and CEO of his world-renowned behavioral consulting company. She remained its leader until 2014 when she stepped down to run the Aubrey Daniels Institute, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to bringing behavioral principles to learning in public education. She “retired” and continued to consult with companies on occasion. Darnell consulted with ABA Tech, and for the past year and a half, at the request of the owner, was asked to take on the temporary duty of acting CEO of the company. Along the way, she has as well consulted with a host of companies large and small, local and international, a few of those organizations behavioral and many not so much (at least until they worked with Darnell).
Darnell has published a variety of research articles, chapters, and books. The subject of this body of work is varied, but with a general theme relating to OBM applications. Her books include three volumes on workplace ethics, Winning the Integrity Revolution (1993), Ethics at Work (2005) and A Good Day’s Work: Sustaining Ethical Behavior and Business Success (2006), co-written with WVU philosophy professor Ralph W. Clark. A book in Japanese on reducing stress in Japanese companies through behavior-based leadership, (2010), with Japanese entrepreneur Jun Ishida. Life’s a PIC/NIC…when you understand behavior (2017), co-authored with Aubrey Daniels, is a book that examines everyday life and how principles of behavior can be of use. Currently, she and Carlos Zuluaga are in the final stages of The Wisdom Factor. to be published later this year.
Darnell has an uncanny ability to see the big picture and in so doing places her consulting work in a broad perspective that helps clients not only solve short-term problems but also see the implications of behavior now and in the organization’s future. When asked, she attributes this contextual perspective to her father’s influence during her formative years, himself a master of timing and perspective. Her openness to ideas and experimentation has endeared her to many a client. She could be described as a principled pragmatist, always striving to place problems in an ethical context while reaching workable and realistic solutions. When she was working in mental health, one of her supervisees gave her a coffee cup on which was written: “Diplomacy is the art of letting others have your way.” Nothing captures Darnell’s leadership style better, in the best, non-Machiavellian sense of that expression. She has a sense of where things should go, but she listens, and in a highly effective way patiently shapes and encourages people to find their own solutions, coaching skills as needed along the way, to address their organizational, and sometimes personal problems, solutions which she seemed to have known all along but wisely kept to herself.
ABA Technologies is so pleased to be able to celebrate this much-deserved peer recognition of Darnell’s effective, compassionate work that has had such positive effects on so many people and organizations, including our own.
Clark, Ralph W., and Lattal, Alice Darnell, Workplace Ethics: Winning the Integrity Revolution (1993), Littlefield Adams Quality Paperbacks. https://www.amazon.com/Workplace-Ethics-Winning-Integrity-Revolution/dp/0847677893
Clark, Ralph W., and Lattal, Alice Darnell, Ethics at Work (2005), Performance Management Publications. https://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Work-Alice-Darnell-Lattal/dp/0937100102/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546636415&sr=1-1&keywords=Darnell+Lattal
Lattal, Alice Darnell and Clark, Ralph W., A Good Day’s Work: Sustaining Ethical Behavior and Business Success (2007), McGraw Hill Professional. https://www.amazon.com/Good-Days-Work-Sustaining-Behavior- ebook/dp/B001E5DUZW/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546636415&sr=1-2&keywords=Darnell+Lattal
Ishida, Jun, and Lattal, Alice Darnell, Tatta 1tsu no Koì “Doì” ga shokuba sutoresu o nakushi mochibeì “Shon o Takameru: Okane dewa nai toì” Taru riwaì “do to IU Kangaekata (2010), https://www.amazon.com/shokuba-sutoresu-nakushi-mochibe%C3%8C-takameru/dp/4492521852
Daniels, Aubrey C., and Lattal, Alice Darnell, Life’s a PIC/NIC …when you understand behavior (2017), https://www.amazon.com/Lifes-PIC-when-understand-behavior-ebook/dp/B0727WJBJB
Abernathy, William B., and Lattal, Alice Darnell, Organizational Behavior Management (2014), Wiley https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/9781118468135.ch26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 15, 2018
ABA Technologies, Inc.
Melbourne, FL: ABA Technologies, Inc., in partnership with Florida Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce the launch of a new, entirely Spanish online RBT® (Registered Behavior Technician™) training: Esenciales RBT: Entrenamiento del Técnico de Conducta Registrado (BEHP1209). This course includes all 40 hours of training required by the BACB® in order to pursue the RBT credential. In this training, students have the opportunity to practice skills specified on the RBT Task List as well as elements of the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code. Esenciales RBT modules include video lectures with exercises and questions, video demonstrations, and video application practice activities. The course is designed to facilitate learning by keeping learners engaged.
Experienced Spanish-speaking behavior analysts teach all modules.
Instructor: Carlos A. Zuluaga, M.S., BCBA.
Additional Presenters: Estefanía Alarcón Moya, M.A., BCBA, Valeria Parejo, M.S., BCBA, Frances Torres, B.S., BCaBA
The components of the Esenciales RBT training:
- Includes all 40 hours of training required by the BACB.
- 100% online and self-paced. Available anytime, anyplace with internet access.
- Instructors are Spanish speakers and experienced behavior analysts.
- Practice activities including Spanish flashcards and Spanish-to-English flashcards to help build fluency in ABA terms.
- Module quizzes in both Spanish and English to build fluency and understanding along the way
- Practice tests in English and Spanish to help students prepare for the RBT exam.
The Esenciales RBT course is designed to provide the necessary training for those wishing to become an RBT but is also appropriate for anyone wishing to learn about the field of behavior analysis. Esenciales RBT is an entry-level course appropriate for teachers, teacher’s aides, parents, direct-care staff, individuals working with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, and anyone interested in the basics of the science of behavior. A college degree is not required. All are welcome to register for this course to gain valuable knowledge about how to make a difference in people’s lives by creating positive behavior change.
The Esenciales RBT course will be available online on October 15, 2018.
About ABA Tech: We are experts in Applied Behavior Analysis, curriculum development and instructional technology, organizational behavior management, and professional development and dissemination of behavior analysis applications. We are pioneers in developing and delivering online professional education and continuing education for practitioners of behavior analysis. Unlike other similar companies, we introduce a unique technology and experience that results in high engagement, value, and advancements for our customers’ careers. With decades of national and international experience, we offer value, passion, and partnership that is one of a kind.
This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independently of the BACB.
ABA Tech and Fit Launch A New Two-Part Continuing Education Course on Teaching Pretend And Imaginative Play Skills For Behavior Analysts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 28, 2019
ABA Technologies, Inc.
ABA Tech and FIT Launch a New Two-Part Continuing Education Course for Behavior Analysis on Teaching Children Pretend and Imaginative Play Skills.
Melbourne, FL: February 27, 2019—ABA Technologies, Inc., in partnership with Florida Institute of Technology, announces the launch of a new, two-part continuing education course for behavior analysts on teaching children pretend and imaginative play skills. The courses prepare participants to assess and develop the imaginative play repertoires of young children. Presenters Nancy Champlin, MS, BCBA, and Melissa Schissler, MS, BCBA, of ACI Learning Centers introduce their research-based program and product line: Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC) and PlayTubsTM. Both courses offer Type 2 BACB credit.
Part One: Examining Independent and Sociodramatic Pretend Play Skills in Typically Developing Children—Learn the five elements of pretend play that leads to long-term outcomes for rich social interactions later in life. Research on key play actions and vocalizations are presented. 1 CEU hour. Register
Part Two: Teaching a Sequence of Play Actions and Corresponding Vocalizations Using PlayTubsTM—Learn effective interventions for teaching pretend play actions and corresponding vocalizations to mastery, replete with prompting, script fading, video and in-vivo modeling techniques. ACI’s PlayTubsTM make instruction and practice meaningful. 1.5 CEU hours. Register
Since 2002, ACI Learning Centers have emphasized the importance of programming play instruction for children with autism and others who lack imaginative/pretend play skills. In their five offices in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado, ACI uses their Pretend Play and Language Assessment and Curriculum (PPLAC), play schemas, and specially engineered playrooms to offer the necessary practice for children to build critical play and learning skills.
About ABA Technologies: We are experts in the science of learning, pioneers in developing and delivering online professional and continuing education for practitioners of behavior analysis. Our programs marry effective instructional design, organizational behavior management, and professional development with the science of behavior to deliver highly engaging learning experiences, offered through innovative technologies, bringing an unparalleled educational experience to every customer. Our products are continually recognized, both nationally and internationally, as pillars of excellence for training behavior analysts.
Partnering with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), ABA Technologies, Inc., makes professional development products available online for applied behavior analysis practitioners and related professions. In addition, ABA Tech’s instructional design and support team builds coursework for the Verified Course Sequences (VCS) offered through Florida Tech’s ABA Online program and School of Behavior Analysis. All courses meet the instructional requirements for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® credentials. No matter a student’s time zone or location, they can complete coursework in the comfort of their own home.
Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the founder and president of ABA Tech. As the leading provider of eLearning for training behavior analysis professionals, ABA Tech now looks to expand the science of human behavior to wider and more diverse audiences. As Martinez-Diaz notes, learning more about why humans behave as they do is of value to everyone and every field. Here, he answers a few questions about his company and his plans for its future.
How did you come to start ABA Tech and offer behavior analytic coursework online?
“After working as a clinical practitioner for 10 years, I worked as a supervisor or director for several organizations where I was required to hire and supervise behavior analysts. I quickly learned people needed more training and support than they had received during school; often they were using harmful practice with clients. In 1992 I began offering training privately across Florida to meet the state’s certification requirements. The courses and improved competency amongst practitioners got a good reputation in Florida and elsewhere. Soon after, I worked with Jerry Shook and Michael Hemingway on establishing professional standards for behavior analysts and designing training programs in other states; this led to the formation of the BACB®.
In January 1997, I quit my full-time job as executive director of a large service organization and incorporated what I had been doing independently into a company—ABA Technologies, Inc. Though we did provide direct services for a time, we always focused on training large numbers of practitioners to have a bigger impact. As the idea of a national certification board grew more attainable, ABA Tech sought universities to deliver the coursework. We had successfully taught the courses for years but knew we would need to deliver them through universities to gain credibility as a profession and credential.
We received our first contract with the state of Pennsylvania in 1997 to develop a training program to be delivered through Penn State. This initial project eventually became Penn State’s distance learning applied behavior analysis program. In 1998, Florida Tech hired me as a professor to head an M.S. program in ABA that I had proposed. In 2005, ABA Tech received a contract to build an online program. ABA Online was launched in Spring 2007. Eventually, we added continuing education and other professional development offerings.”
What are the advantages of online education for students?
“People don’t have to travel for their coursework. They can access these products at home in their pajamas. It’s easier than ever to work full-time, raise a family, and study behavior analysis. Also, when you take a live on-the-ground class, everyone is forced to go at the same pace and students have to keep going forward even if they don’t get it. In an asynchronous/synchronous blended online class you can better master the material. I do still encourage people to go to conferences where they can meet different people and learn from different perspectives.”
What about skeptics who think online education isn’t as beneficial as being present in a classroom?
“Some of the online universities have a bad reputation for allowing you to just buy your degree. People have said, ‘What? Online! We don’t do that. We can’t provide academic courses or continuing education credits online. How can we prove that they really completed the requirements?’
“We said, ‘Hah! We know how to prove it. We have the best tools to do it. We have software and processes that do that by making everything interactive instead of just lecture-based.’ After all, somebody could be sitting in a live lecture, thinking about the beach, and not really be present either. When online learning is done well, it can often be more effective than in-person instruction. It all comes back to how often we ask students to meaningfully respond to our instruction to remain engaged. As students learn, you capture their responses and adapt the instruction. That’s where learning happens. It’s the proof!”
How are your products and services different from others in the marketplace?
“Well, a lot of companies are now doing online education. The growth online is huge; but we were early in doing it in behavior analysis, before most other people. It gave us more time to figure out what works online and how to make it the best experience for our students.”
“Now we’re expanding internationally. We’re reaching out to other countries, like China, to offer coursework and products to train behavior analysts. We are spending a lot of capital on translating our product line into other languages to make dissemination possible. The science of human behavior is universal—across countries, cultures, and languages—and the principles governing why people do what they do remain the same.”
What is your vision for the future of ABA Tech?
“We want to extend behavior analysis to all areas where it can benefit others. Business people can use behavior analysis, but also medical doctors and nurses. For example, a doctor prescribes exercise and eating right, but just telling the patient to do so usually doesn’t do any good. This is an area where hospitals/medical professionals could use our skills and many other professions could benefit as well. We want to continue reaching wider audiences around the world; in other countries, and in multiple languages.”