South Carolina 

Association for Behavior Analysis

2023 DETAILED Conference Schedule

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

MONDAY 10/16/2023

Looking for Tuesday's schedule? It's here

Looking for the overview schedule of both days? It's here.

Detailed Schedule: Monday, 10/16/23

**All sessions are in Ballroom A unless otherwise noted**

7:30-8:30AM  Registration and Breakfast Ballroom Prefunction  

Thank you to our breakfast sponsors!           

8:30-8:45AM General Welcome

Presenter: Dr. Katie Franke, At-Large Board Member; Dr. Katie Wolfe, SC ABA President

8:45-9:45AM Strengthening Gestures: A Critical Component for Building Robust Communication Skills (1 Learning CE)

Presenter: Dr. Alice Shillingsburg, PhD BCBA-D   

Abstract: The use of gestures in early child development is highly related to the development of language and communication. Research has repeatedly shown that children who are later diagnosed with autism use fewer gestures to point things out to others (i.e., show and share) and to request things from others (i.e., mand). Recent research has shown that these differences can be seen even before 12 months of age. Given the altogether lower levels of gestures observed in children with autism and the important role they play in learning language and other important social interaction skills, early intervention programs should focus on developing gestures as foundational to building robust communication repertoires. This presentation will provide an overview of how gestures are related to language development, how providers may inadvertently diminish gestures, how to implement procedures to strengthen and improve gestures, and how to capitalize on gestures as an active ingredient in quality mand training for children diagnosed with autism.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe how early gesture use is related to later language outcomes. 2. Describe how gesture use differs in early childhood development for children with and without autism.3. Describe the importance of indicating responses in quality mand training.

9:45-10:15AM Coffee Break: Thank you to our break sponsors!           

10:15-11:15AM Relapse when Treating Behaviors Targeted for Reduction (1 Learning CE)

Presenter: Dr. Colin Muething, PhD BCBA-D 

Abstract: Relapse can occur in the treatment of behaviors targeted for reduction when transitioning from clinical to nonclinical contexts or when modifying reinforcement schedules for appropriate behavior. These have been conceptualized as renewal and resurgence. Both of types of relapse have the ability to challenge the long-term effectiveness of function-based interventions. I will present published clinical data that will demonstrate the prevalence of both types of relapse effects. In addition, I will present some new data looking at the potential relationship between both types of relapse. Finally, I will present clinical implications of relapse and potential avenues to mitigate its impact on treatment maintenance.

Learning Objectives: 1. The learner will be able to identify and define renewal and resurgence. 2. The learner will be able to describe the prevalence and impact of relapse on treatment for behaviors targeted for reduction. 3. The learner will be able to identify several potential strategies to mitigate relapse.

11:15-1:00PM Lunch 

11:30-12:30pm: RBT/Student Members - connect with other RBTs/Students for lunch at Panera Bread (933 Gervais St)! 

  • The first ten RBT/Student Members to arrive at Panera and find Amy Eacho, SC ABA student rep, will receive a $10 gift card to Panera to use for lunch!
  • Please RSVP for the lunch to Amy Eacho at 
  • Look for Amy Eacho, SC ABA student rep, when you arrive!
  • Please note that SC ABA is organizing this networking opportunity but you will need to pay for your own lunch. 

1:00-2:00PM The Language of Leaders – Applying Principles of Relational Frame Theory to Upgrade Team Culture (1 Learning CE)

Presenter: Dr. Scott Herbst, PhD BCBA 

Abstract:  A common misconception about leadership is that it resides in a title, credential or appointment. In this talk, we will set that understanding of leadership aside and look at leadership functionally and as a set of behaviors. Specifically, we will look at leadership as speaking (whether in word or in action) in a way that causes another to imagine a future (that wasn’t going to happen on it’s own) and then take action in service of that future’s fulfillment. As such, this may include articulating a future one’s self or communicating such that another articulates a future. In this talk, we will focus on articulating a future. After very briefly introducing some basic concepts of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to demonstrate the power of language, participants will pick a group in which they participate (e.g., their organization, team, family, condo board, etc) and assess the current culture. We will then review four key aspects of management that must be in place to set the occasion for effective leadership. Finally, participants will practice a conversational framework to articulate a future and invite action.  

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will identify four aspects of management that are requisite to the effective exercise of leadership.  2. Participants will assess the current cultural climate of their organization or team (or any other group in which they participate) using the Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) Matrix.  3. Participants will use the results of their assessment to craft the opening to a leadership conversation designed to inspire new action.  

2:00-2:15PM Break    

2:15-3:15PM Diversity-Affirming Evidence-Based Practice 

Presenter: Dr. Susan Wilczynski, PhD BCBA-D 

Abstract: Diversity-affirming evidence-based practice (DA-EBP) involves using professional judgment to assess the best available evidence and client variables, incorporate a person’s unique learning history, and realistically consider real-world contextual factors. DA-EB practitioners use their professional judgment with cultural humility to emphasize the value of social validity and person-centered, assent-based, and compassionate care, as well as to critically evaluate all relevant sources of evidence to find interventions that optimize outcomes and minimize harm. DA-EB practitioners actively look for structural barriers within their organization or the larger culture that place unnecessary barriers to improved quality of life for their clients. They then take action by retaining what supports, or structures are helpful and working to dismantle those that cause harm. This presentation is for you if you seek to apply behavioral principles in a way that is more likely to bring a smile to your client’s face and leave you feeling good when you leave work at the end of the day.

Learning Objectives:  1. Participants will be able to explain how current trends in ABA can be incorporated into the intervention selection process to produce benefits and minimize harm. 2. Participants will be able to Identify at least two ways they will be able to apply behavioral principles in a more positive way than in their current practice. 3. Participants will be able to describe how to more effectively consider different forms of evidence to select interventions that are a better fit for their clients.

3:15-3:45PM Coffee/Snack Break: Thank you to our break sponsors!    

3:45-4:30PM SC ABA Business Meeting

Presenter: Ms. Jacqui Abrams, SC ABA President-Elect 

4:30-5:00PM Break    

5:00-6:30PM Poster Session and Social, Ballroom Prefunction and Patio

Thank you to our social sponsors!   


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