An ABA Approach for Managing Challenging Staff

An ABA Approach for Managing Challenging Staff 

Staff who engage in challenging behavior at work can drain management and supervisory resources. While ABA practitioners are compelled to adhere to BACB® task lists and ethical codes, some staff do not always do so consistently. Those who follow these guidelines and policies inconsistently require specialized management and supervision. This course will offer some ideas on how to manage staff who engage in challenging behavior.The goal of this course is to provide behavior analysis professionals who have managerial and supervisory responsibilities with information about how to address challenging supervisee and staff behavior using an ABA perspective. This training program is offered independent of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®).


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet Supervision CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-ABAAMCS
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify challenging behavior that can be addressed through enhanced supervision and management
Describe preventive approaches for discouraging challenging staff behavior.
Describe supervision and management strategies to address specific challenging behavior demonstrated by staff members.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Challenging Staff Behavior

The Social Media Post

Where is the Guidance?

Serious Behaviors

Behaviors that Respond to Training and Supervision

Danger to the Organization



Section 3: Preventive Approaches

Where is the Policy?

Behavior is a Function of Interactions

Behavior Systems Analysis

Seven Goals of the BSA Approach

The ABCs of Preventing Challenging Staff Behavior



Section 4: Management Strategies

Speaking to Lynn

Managing Staff is a Learning Process

Skills or Performance Deficits

Working for Reinforcers or Avoiding Punishers?

Making a Tough Decision

Prevention is Key



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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