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Fri, Dec 15


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Understanding How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be Utilized to Support System-Involved Youth

Marya Wright, MSW, ASW

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Understanding How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be Utilized to Support System-Involved Youth
Understanding How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be Utilized to Support System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Dec 15, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, MSW, ASW

Training Description

This training offers a comprehensive and essential knowledge base for professionals in various fields who engage with system-involved individuals. Participants will delve into the core principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), gaining insight into the behaviorist framework and the ABC model. The training goes further by addressing the unique challenges and ethical considerations involved in working with system-involved youth, offering practical strategies which can be used for behavior management and skill acquisition. Through case studies, interactive activities, and cultural sensitivity discussions, attendees will leave with a well-rounded understanding of ABA and the ability to apply these principles effectively in their roles. The material will be delivered by PowerPoint presentation, short video clips, group discussion, breakout (small group) discussions and participant workbook (handout).

Learning Objectives

· Identify at least 3 core principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and distinguish between antecedents, behaviors, and consequences in real-world scenarios.

· Explain the process of developing individualized behavior intervention plans (BIPs)

· Explain how to apply at least one ABA strategy effectively to address challenging behaviors, including how to compare and contrast various reinforcement and punishment techniques.


10:00 – 10:05am  Welcome and Training Purpose

10:05 – 10:15am  Objectives and Learning Goals

10:15 – 10:30am  Importance of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in working with system-involved youth

10:30 – 10:45am  Basics of ABA

10:45 – 11:00am  Definition and core principles of ABA

11:00 – 11:15am  Key terminology and concepts

11:15 – 11:30am  Understanding system-involved youth needs

11:30 – 11:45am  The role of the professional in the lives of system-involved youth

11:45am – 12pm  Ethical considerations when working with this population

12:00 – 1:00pm  Lunch (CE hours will not be  offered for this time)

1:00 – 1:15pm  Applying ABA Principles to System-Involved Youth

1:15 – 1:25pm  Functional behavior assessment (FBA)

1:25 – 1:30pm  Developing behavior intervention plans (BIPs)

1:30 – 1:45pm  Individualized and culturally responsive approaches

1:45 – 2:00pm  Collaboration with interdisciplinary teams

2:00 – 2:15pm  Implementing ABA Strategies

2:15 – 2:30pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:30 – 2:45pm  Strategies for addressing  challenging behaviors

2:45 – 3:00pm  Positive reinforcement and token economies

3:00 – 3:15pm  Cultural Competence and Sensitivity

3:15 – 3:30pm  Recognizing the importance of cultural competence in ABA

3:30 – 3:45pm  Ethical and Legal Considerations

3:45 – 4:00pm  Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright, MSW, is a nationally distinguished social worker, consultant, educator, international trainer, and facilitator with experience in organizational leadership, child welfare services, and curriculum development. She is the President and CEO of Wright Community Services LLC, a company that strives to empower system-involved families through awareness, services, and education while also providing consultation, training, and system specific facilitation to the agencies that services these communities. She is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#81167) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences working to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Marya holds a Master’s in Social Work from California State University, East Bay with a focus on Child Welfare Policy and Research and a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing from San Diego State University.

Marya is a qualified expert witness and private dependency investigator for children, youth, and family services as it relates to family law court, juvenile and dependency court. She is an elected Board of Director for the California Society of Clinical Social Work.

Marya has conducted considerable research on Child Sexual Exploitation, Foster Care, and published an article on the use of algorithmic decision-making in child welfare. In addition to her clinical social work, Marya is a seasoned lecturer. She has taught in the Sociology Department at Cal State East Bay since Spring 2020. Her course load includes Sociology of Sexualities, Child Welfare Policy, Sociology of Family, and Sexual Violence. Marya is currently a teaching Master of Social Work students in the Department of Social Work at Cal State East Bay.

This course meets the qualifications for (4.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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