Addressing the Need for Qualified Professionals in Autism Intervention through Research and Training | Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

  Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA


We asked Joe a few questions about the event and our aim of bringing together behavior analysis, entrepreneurship, technology and clinical applications. Check out his answers and a clear description of his talk at NextGen Las Vegas!

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Brief statement on why you’re excited to speak at this conference and/or how you feel you can inspire people to innovate their profession with technology.

I'm excited to be included with such amazing presenters! Merging great minds typically yields great things, and I have no doubt this conference will do just that. I look forward to describing how we are addressing what we see as a large challenge within our field, and hope to hear others perspectives on how we can improve on what we have done so far.

What interests you, or fascinates you about technology?

I love how technology offers so many solutions to problems we face. However, it also can create problems that need addressed. It is amazing to be part of a field, the behavioral sciences, that is equipped with the behavioral technology to address both!

What are you most known for? We want to make sure novel attendees have as much time to prepare as possible to maximize their learning with you.

Haha this is a tough one. I hope from my work in the field of behavior analysis. Most of my colleagues know me for my thesis work on a shaping approach to food selectivity for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

If you can give words of encouragement to attendees who wish to explore these areas, what would you say?

Come learn with me! We saw a problem, and I'd love the opportunity to share with you how we are attempting to solve this problem. Maybe you will join the fight, or offer new solutions we hadn't thought of yet!



Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Affiliation: Autism Partnership Foundation

Title of Talk: Addressing the Need for Qualified Professionals in Autism Intervention through Research and Training

Description: The market demand for qualified professionals providing and overseeing behavioral intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exceeds the supply. A potential side effect of attempting to meet this market demand is modifying the training experience such that training is expedited or the criteria for “qualified” are reduced. The purposes of this presentation are 1) to outline how these modifications could contribute to a decrease in the quality of services available for individuals diagnosed with ASD and their families and 2) to outline how Autism Partnership Foundation is attempting to address the problem of decreased quality within ASD intervention through the development of an internship program and conducting and disseminating research. The internship was designed to develop/extend behavior analytic conceptual knowledge as well as develop/extend clinical skills. Lessons learned, changes made since the development of the internship and research lab, and future directions will be discussed.

Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify how the increased need for qualified professionals can lead to decreased quality in practice,

  1. Identify why standards in training are important, and

  2. Identify at least two ways in which we, as a field, can enhance the quality of interventions available for diagnosed with ASD and their families.

Bio: Joe Cihon is the Assistant Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Fontbonne University. Upon graduation he enrolled in the master’s degree program in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas. Joe worked under the mentorship of Drs. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, and Manish Vaidya. Joe is currently a doctoral candidate at Endicott College under the mentorship of Drs. Mary Jane Weiss and Justin B. Leaf. Joe has over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. His research interests include evaluating approach-based interventions, shaping, increasing favorable interactions among children, their families, and interventionists, developing contingencies to promote generalization and maintenance, and improving mealtimes for selective eaters. Joe has published and served as a reviewer for several prominent journals and presented research at national and international conferences.


Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Application


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WHERE:

Las Vegas, NV

ADDRESS:

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317 6th Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101

WHEN:

Friday, November 9th, 2018: Optional Meet 'n' Greet and Networking Event for all registered attendees (separate TBD location)

Saturday, November 10th, 2018: 8am-6pm - Day 1: Design Thinking for Behavior Analysts

Sunday, November 11th, 2018: 8am-6pm - Day 2: Applications for Expanding Behavioral Science



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Joe Cihon, MS, BCBA, LBA

Affiliation: Autism Partnership Foundation

Title of Talk: Addressing the Need for Qualified Professionals in Autism Intervention through Research and Training

Description: The market demand for qualified professionals providing and overseeing behavioral intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exceeds the supply. A potential side effect of attempting to meet this market demand is modifying the training experience such that training is expedited or the criteria for “qualified” are reduced. The purposes of this presentation are 1) to outline how these modifications could contribute to a decrease in the quality of services available for individuals diagnosed with ASD and their families and 2) to outline how Autism Partnership Foundation is attempting to address the problem of decreased quality within ASD intervention through the development of an internship program and conducting and disseminating research. The internship was designed to develop/extend behavior analytic conceptual knowledge as well as develop/extend clinical skills. Lessons learned, changes made since the development of the internship and research lab, and future directions will be discussed.

Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify how the increased need for qualified professionals can lead to decreased quality in practice,

  1. Identify why standards in training are important, and

  2. Identify at least two ways in which we, as a field, can enhance the quality of interventions available for diagnosed with ASD and their families.

Bio: Joe Cihon is the Assistant Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Fontbonne University. Upon graduation he enrolled in the master’s degree program in behavior analysis at the University of North Texas. Joe worked under the mentorship of Drs. Shahla Alai-Rosales, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, and Manish Vaidya. Joe is currently a doctoral candidate at Endicott College under the mentorship of Drs. Mary Jane Weiss and Justin B. Leaf. Joe has over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. His research interests include evaluating approach-based interventions, shaping, increasing favorable interactions among children, their families, and interventionists, developing contingencies to promote generalization and maintenance, and improving mealtimes for selective eaters. Joe has published and served as a reviewer for several prominent journals and presented research at national and international conferences.


Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Application


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