In our Budapest-based ABA clinic, we are constantly looking into ways of providing quality evidence-based training for our therapists. You can find out more about our initial training in this CEU course. Our experiences during lockdown indicated that including online elements in at least some parts of our training models can be effective. It is also something that therapists found enjoyable, based on their feedback. The online world also gives us opportunities to save important time and to make our trainings more cost effective.
The importance of close supervision in ABA clinics
One of the reasons why we have decided to open the clinic was that we wanted to provide close and quality supervision to our therapists delivering the procedures from day to day. Based on our experiences with home-based ABA programs in Hungary, as funding is not yet available, and as there are only a handful of practitioners in the country, it is not feasible in such programs to be able to reach the levels of treatment fidelity needed. Problems with treatment fidelity might strengthen the misconceptions about ABA, therefore, in such early stages of dissemination, it is crucial to model effective and ethical service delivery. In summary, ongoing supervision and training for therapists is a crucial part of the success of any ABA clinic, and our success is an important factor in our dissemination efforts’ results. As a next step in the development of our center, we designed the following ongoing training model for our therapists.
A combination of online and ABA clinic-based training
Within our ongoing training, we use revision and add new information to the content, based on our experiences in the everyday life of the clinic. We divided the training protocol into different parts, similarly to our initial training model.
For instance, the first part revisited the concepts of pairing and manding, and introduced preference assessments as a new topic.
Each part consists of the following steps:
- Online video training blocks about theory and “best practices”
- Online video models about the procedures with explanation
- A quiz about the online content
- Therapists practicing the procedures with children while videoing themselves and filling out fidelity checklists based on their own performace.
- The BCBA providing video feedback on their performance.
- The Clinic Director providing face-to-face assistance and feedback to therapists in the clinic.
- Therapists providing anonymous feedback on the training.
We introduced the second part of the training about developing instructinal control successfully for our therapists today. We look forward to hearing their feedback about the new model!