Behavior analysts in human service agencies are commonly expected to train support staff as one of their job duties. Traditional staff training is usually didactic in nature and generally has not proven particularly effective. We describe an alternative, evidence-based approach for training performance skills to human service staff. The description includes a specific means of conducting a behavioral skills training session with a group of staff followed by on-the-job training requirements. A brief case demonstration then illustrates application of the training approach and its apparent effectiveness for training staff in two distinct skill sets: use of most-to-least prompting within teaching procedures and use of manual signs. Practical issues associated with applying evidence-based behavioral training are presented with a focus on providing training that is effective, efficient, and acceptable to staff trainees.
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Parsons, M.B., Rollyson, J.H. & Reid, D.H. Evidence-Based Staff Training: A Guide for Practitioners. Behav Analysis Practice 5, 2–11 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391819
- behavioral skills training
- evidence-based practices
- most-to-least prompting
- staff training