The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis

Corporate Office Address:
5777 W. Century Blvd. Suite 675
Los Angeles, CA 90045-5697
(310) 649-0499 (310) 649-3109 fax

Co-founded in 1981 by Dr. Gary W. LaVigna and Dr. Thomas J. Willis, The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) provides behavior management services, supported employment, supported living and supported educational services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Southern California. IABA is committed to providing the most advanced and highest possible quality services in support of people with challenging behavior. Our goal is to assure the highest quality of life possible for the people we serve by enabling them to live regular lives in natural settings with full, positive and valued community presence and participation.

In addition to the support services provided in the US, IABA has become an internationally recognized source for training and consultation in the areas of positive, person-centered behavioral support, instructional strategies and total quality assurance systems. Since 1987, professional training programs to advance positive practices in the field of challenging behavior have been presented to audiences in 8 countries on 3 continents.


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STEP: A Behavioral Day Activity Service

In 1985 IABA established STEP. It is the philosophy of STEP that a person with a developmental disability is entitled to live his or her life with the full dignity of a developing human being, as a self-reliant and productive member of society. Specifically, STEP offers individualized services toward the goal of independent and productive living and working in the community. STEP adheres to a strictly nonaversive behavior support philosophy. STEP was acknowledged as one of the seven "outstanding integrative employment agencies" in the United States in a federal grant project funded through the University of North Carolina in 1992.

STEP is a community-based behavior training and day activity service for adults with developmental disabilities, including mental retardation and autism. STEP currently provides services to over 270 individuals in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties in California with a staff/consumer ratio of one staff member to three consumers, one to two, or one to one depending on individual needs. STEP provides a six-hour service day, which entails community integration and paid and/or volunteer work. Community integration involves increasing the person's participation in his/her home or work neighborhood in places such as stores, restaurants, banks, libraries, colleges, and recreational centers. STEP also provides services to increase participants' self advocacy and social skills and to decrease behavior problems that might interfere with an individual's quality of life. Teaching takes place at local area businesses where the participants work, as well as social and recreational places. Integrated volunteer experiences also are available at local non-profit agencies where many other community members volunteer their time. Employment opportunities include direct pay entry-level positions in food service, manufacturing, office, or retail settings. Training on the job is done individually or in small groups. Natural supports, or relying on the regular people and patterns of the workplace for training, feedback, and evaluations, are facilitated whenever possible.

CONTACT:
Dorothy Blubaugh, STEP Director

For STEP employment opportunities, e-mail your résumé to Employment@IABA.com or call the IABA Job Opportunity Line toll free: (877) 924-2220

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Social/Community Integration and Participation (SCIP)

Since 1990, Social/Community Integration and Participation (SCIP) was established to provide supported living services for adults who are age 18 or older. IABA has been providing supported living services since 1989. Currently, there are approximately 100 individuals receiving this service in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California. Individuals receiving SCIP services have required different levels of support ranging from 3 to 4 hours a week to 24 hours a day depending on their needs. At IABA, we believe that everyone has a right to live in their own home and receive the best and most suitable support possible. We do not believe in continuum of services and therefore reject the idea of "one must be ready" before moving in to their own home.

SCIP participants are assisted to find a suitable apartment and compatible roommate when desired. Based on a supported living assessment and a behavior assessment (when applicable) the prospective person will receive individualized support and will have ample teaching opportunities that either take place at the person's apartment and/or in the community. These teaching opportunities are provided by the person's support staff. SCIP is unique in that services are not time limited. Some people therefore may always need some level of help to do, for example, their budgeting or to control their behavioral problems. These people too can be successful.

The following are some of the more specialized services that SCIP offers to maximize it's participants success.

CONTACT:
Sara Black, B.A., Director of Supported Living Services (Los Angeles Area, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County)

For SCIP employment opportunities, e-mail your résumé to Employment@IABA.com or call the IABA Job Opportunity Line toll free: (877) 924-2220

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Youth Services

Youth Services assists children of all ages challenged by a developmental disability, including autism, through a continuum of services designed to help each child reach his or her individual potential so he or she may take advantage of opportunities in community and educational settings; Behavioral Respite Service (BRS), Early and Intermediate Intervention Service (EIIS), and Intensive Support Services (ISS). Holding to IABA’s long-standing philosophy, strategies that might be described as aversive or punishing are not employed in our Youth Services.

Early and Intermediate Intervention Service (EIIS)
IABA's Early and Intermediate Intervention Service provides comprehensive and empirically validated instruction and developmental services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis including discrete trial instruction.  The goals of EIIS are to assist every child in reaching his or her individual potential so that he or she may take advantage of opportunities in the community and become a contributing member of society, with a full range of social relationships and friendships.  Services are provided in home, school and community settings.

Behavioral Respite Service (BRS)
Our objective is to provide opportunities for families to lead typical lives, integrate the individual into community, recreational, social, and cultural events and activities.  We assist the individual and family by providing additional support in that setting so that he or she will  continue living at home.

The Goal
Our philosophy is that individuals who receive Behavioral Respite Service (BRS) should:
> Live in the least restrictive setting and have lifestyles like individuals without developmental disabilities.
> Receive support services consistent with the desires and changing needs of the individual and their family.
> Receive appropriate services in natural settings.
> Benefit  from Behavioral Respite Services (BRS), regardless of the nature or severity of their developmental disability.

Intensive Support Services (ISS)
Intensive Support Services are based on a comprehensive functional assessment of an individual's challenging behavior.  The purpose of the assessment is to assist the individual in securing the programming and services which would enable him or her to develop and to use individual capabilities for more independent, normal living and more productive activity than their behavior problems presently permit.  Consistent with IABA philosophy, this service does not employ strategies that might be described as aversive or punishing.  Services are provided in home, school and community settings and include assessment, consultation, and/or intervention.

The Goal
The long range goal of Intensive Support Services is to establish enough self-control over challenging behavior so that the individual will be able to live and attend school in the least restrictive setting possible that is capable of meeting his or her developmental and behavioral needs.

CONTACTS

For information regarding Youth Services, contact
Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., Director of Youth Services
Jo Mullins, MA, BCBA, Assistant Director

For Youth Service employment opportunities, e-mail your résumé to Employment@IABA.com or call the IABA Job Opportunity Line toll free: (877) 924-2220

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Research and Evaluation

In January 1998, IABA combined forces with Community Services Institute to establish a collaborative research program. The mission of the program is to develop, validate, publish, and disseminate research in the area of positive practices designed to enhance service quality in the field of human services and education. The vision of the research program is: (a) to further develop, validate, and test the limits of the multielement model as an organizing framework for research, practice, and training; and (b) to contribute to a more inclusive and valuing society.

The following is a sampling of the Research Program's recent writings and presentations.

Manuscripts

  1. Boyle, C. L., & Lutzker, J. R. (2005). Teaching young children to discriminate abusive from nonabusive situations using multiple exemplars in a modified discrete trial teaching format. Journal of Family Violence, 20, 2, 55-69.
  2. Christian, L., Shaull, J., Daniels, S., Gerard, G., & Nelson, S. (2001). A 15-year analysis of employment outcomes in a behavior management day service for adults with developmental disabilities. Manuscript under review.
  3. Christian, L., Stinson, J., & Dotson, L. (2000). Overcoming the barriers to the sexual expression of women with developmental disabilities. Manuscript under review.
  4. Dotson, L., Stinson, J., & Christian, L. (2001). 'People tell me I can't have sex:' Women with disabilities share their personal perspectives on health care, sexuality, and reproductive rights. Manuscript under review.
  5. LaVigna, G., Christian, L., Liberman, R. P., Camacho, E., & Willis, T. (in press). Training professionals to implement effective and positive methods for community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis. Psychiatric Services.
  6. Lutzker, J. R., & Boyle, C. L. (2002). Preventing physical and sexual abuse. In L. Jason & D. Glenwick (Eds.), Innovative strategies for preventing psychological problems (pp. 85-105). New York, NY: Springer.
  7. Mullins, J., & Christian, L. (2000). The effects of progressive relaxation training on the disruptive behavior of a boy with autism. Manuscript under review.
  8. Murdico, J., Westby-Trent, A., Rocha, B., & Christian, L. (2000). Factors related to the self-esteem of individuals with mild mental retardation. Manuscript under review.

 Presentations

  1. Boyle, C. L., Filene, J. H., & Wyatt, J. M. (2003) In Search of effective parent training programs. Presentation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
  2. Boyle, C. L., & Hoover, M. (2004, May). Barriers to help-seeking and prevention of sexual violence in Asian Americans. In D. M. Hoover (Chair), Preventing sexual violence in Asian and Pacific Islander populations. Panel presentation conducted at the meeting of the 3rd National Sexual Violence Prevention Conference: Building Leadership and Commitment to End Sexual Violence, Los Angeles, California.
  3. Boyle, C. L., Ingram, E. M., & Hoover, M. (2003). NAWHO Breaking the silence: Culturally competent approaches to violence prevention for Asian American women. Presentation for Rounds at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
  4. Boyle, C. L. & Lutzker, J. R. (2001). Child sexual abuse prevention training: Teaching young children to discriminate abusive from nonabusive situations using multiple exemplars in a modified discrete trial teaching format. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, New Orleans, LA.
  5. Boyle, C. L., & Lutzker, J.R. (2006). Programmed generalization in Primary Care Triple P. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA.
  6. Dotson, L., Stinson, J., & Christian, L. (2001, March). Suppressed sexuality: Women, disability, and strategies for change. Paper presentation at Association for Women in Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.
  7. Christian, L., Gerard, G., Nelson, S., & Shaull, J. (2001, February). A 15-year analysis of employment outcomes for a behavior management day service. Poster presentation at California Association for Behavior Analysis, Redondo Beach, CA.
  8. Christian, L., & Lubbers, J. (2001, February). A survey of California school psychologists regarding their knowledge and perceptions of the Hughes Bill, IDEA 1997, and functional analysis assessment. Invited paper presentation at California Association for Behavior Analysis, Redondo Beach, CA.
  9. Christian, L., Murdico, J., Westby-Trent, A., & Rocha, B. (2000, April). Self-esteem correlates in individuals with developmental disabilities. Presentation at California TASH, Burbank, CA.
  10. Christian, L., Caraway, S., & Seppala, L. (2000, March). Competency based training for direct support and management staff and monitoring staff performance using the periodic service review. Invited presentation at the Integrated Institute Annual Conference, Irvine, CA.
  11. Valle, L. A., Wyatt, J., Filene, J. H., & Boyle, C. L. (2006, January). Parent training as prevention: A meta-analytic review. In J. R. Lutzker (Chair), The parenting initiative at CDC - Parts I & II. Symposia conducted at the 20th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. San Diego, CA.
  12. Wyatt, J. M., Valle, L. A., Filene, J. H., Boyle, C. L. & Ingram, E. M. (2004). Quantifying the quality of evaluation in parenting programs: Lessons learned in a meta-Analysis. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

CONTACT:
Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director

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Competency Based Training (CBT)

Many agencies world-wide, providing services to persons with developmental disabilities, are struggling with the issue of how to best train staff and give them the skills needed to provide quality services. These agencies are looking for a comprehensive approach to staff training with specific outcomes and without the luxury of a full-time trainer. What kind of training do agencies offer so that staff feel competent to carry out their challenging job responsibilities?

IABA has developed a systematic, criterion-referenced and self-instructional training course for staff working primarily in the field of developmental disabilities. The Competency Based Training (CBT) series was first developed by IABA in 1985 to be used in training its own staff. The principles contained in the CBTs have been successfully used in the fields of adult services (supported employment, supported living and other residential options) as well as schools serving children and adolescents. Agencies serving other populations (e.g., mental health and neurobehavior centers) have also utilized the training series to increase the level of staff competence.

Some of the principles and skills taught in the CBTs include the principle of full inclusion, instructional strategies, the function of behavior challenges, public relations, positive support strategies, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills and more. To demonstrate competence for each module, staff must meet specific criteria such as objective tests, role-plays and field assignments.

The CBT package includes 16 modules with 73 competencies and 130 criteria, a library of 4 textbooks and 2 videotapes, an Instructor's Manual and tests and answers for each topic. There are 5 of the 16 topics which are customized to incorporate specifics which may be unique to each agency.

The CBT has been field tested for over 11 years in a variety of settings. It is complete, comprehensive and includes critical training that direct care staff need and is flexible enough to be integrated with an agency's unique needs and existing training.

CONTACT:
John Q. Marshall, Jr., M.Ed., Director of Professional Training Programs
Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
PO Box 5743
Greenville, SC 29606-5743 USA

Telephone: +1 (864) 271-4161
Toll Free Voice (US & Canada): +1 (800) 457-5575
Fax: +1 (864) 271-4162
Toll Free Fax (US & Canada): +1 (877) 670-4222

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Professional Training Services

Since 1987, IABA has provided professional training programs for professionals, parents and advocates throughout Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the U.S. Training on the following topics is available: Assessment and Analysis of Severe and Challenging Behavior (an annual 2 week summer institute), Positive Approaches to Solving Behavior Challenges, Assuring Staff Consistency and the Provision of Quality Services, Supported Employment, and Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies within a Nonaversive Framework. Contact IABA for a current schedule of programs.

IABA also offers other staff development resources including video tapes, books and a quarterly newsletter that are designed to promote positive practices in the field of challenging behavior.

CONTACT:
John Q. Marshall, Jr., M.Ed., Director of Professional Training Programs
Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
PO Box 5743
Greenville, SC 29606-5743 USA

Telephone: +1 (864) 271-4161
Toll Free Voice (US & Canada): +1 (800) 457-5575
Fax: +1 (864) 271-4162
Toll Free Fax (US & Canada): +1 (877) 670-4222

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Seminar Schedules


Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D.

Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D.

Gary LaVigna is Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California. He spends much of his time consulting with organizations on establishing nonaversive behavior support plans for individuals exhibiting severe and challenging behavior and presenting seminars on the topic throughout the world. His work is reported in numerous articles and his coauthored books - Alternatives to Punishment, Progress Without Punishment and The Periodic Service Review: A Total Quality Assurance System For Human Services and Education.

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Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D.

Tom Willis is Associate Director of the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in Los Angeles, California. With over 20 years of experience as a behavioral consultant and workshop leader he has coauthored numerous articles on providing person-centered behavioral support to people with severe and challenging behavior including The Periodic Service Review: A Total Quality Assurance System For Human Services and Education, The Behavior Assessment Guide, The Reinforcement Inventory, and Emergency Management Guidelines. He is an internationally recognized authority and lecturer on the topics of behavioral assessment, the design of nonaversive behavioral support services and staff management strategies for total quality assurance.

Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D.

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IABA Office Addresses and Key Staff

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
5777 West Century Boulevard, Suite 675 (map)
Los Angeles, CA 90045-5697
(310) 649-0499 (310) 649-3109 fax

E-mail address for staff are given in parenthesis; you will need to add "@iaba.com"

Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director (glavigna)
Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D., Associate Director (twillis)

Administration
Ashley Cleary, Director of Administrative Services (acleary)
Sonya Munoz, HR Generalist (smunoz)
Stephanie Morris-Nelson, Recruiting and Retention (smorrisnelson)
Rachel Jacoby, M.S., Education & Training Administrator (rjacoby)
Olga Lopez, Office Facilities Administration (olopez)
Daryl Rogala, Controller (drogala)
Darva Coleman, Accounting Supervisor (dcoleman)

STEP: A Behavioral Day Activity Service
Dorothy Blubaugh, Director, Los Angeles Area, San Fernando, Ventura and Orange Counties (dblubaugh)

Social/Community Integration and Participation (SCIP)
Sara Black, B.A., Director of Supported Living Services (sblack) (Los Angeles Area, San Fernando Valley and Ventura)
Kendra Oliver, L.C.S.W., Assistant Director/Services (koliver)

Youth Services
Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., Director, Los Angeles Area, San Fernando Valley, and Orange County (ehughes)
Jo L. Mullins, M.A., BCBA, Assistant Director (jmullins)

Behavior Services
Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D., Associate Director (twillis)

STEP-LA
Joslyn Pascascio, Manager (jpascascio)

SCIP-LA (a)
Christal Whitaker, Manager (cwhitaker)

SCIP-LA (b)
Marvin Drummond, Manager (mdrummond)

Youth Services
Early and Intermediate Intervention Services
Angie Quimbayo, M.A., Manager (aquimbayo)
Anna Marie Reiners, M.Ed., Ed.S., Manager (areiners)

VENTURA COUNTY CALIFORNIA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
333 North Lantana Street, Suite 287 (map)
Camarillo, CA 93010-9009
(805) 987-5886 (805) 987-7279 fax

STEP
Ayndrea LaVigna, M.S., Manager (alavigna)
Alma Gonzalez, Supervisor (agonzalez)

SCIP
Shannon Carleton, Manager (scarleton)
Kathleen Palmaro, Supervisor (kpalmaro)

TARZANA CALIFORNIA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
19510 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 204 (map)
Tarzana, CA 91356-2947
(818) 881-1933 (818) 881-1935 fax

STEP
Lisa Folks, Manager (lfolks)
Doug Brown, Supervisor (dbrown)

SCIP
Melissa Shapiro, Manager (mshapiro)
Nedda Estes, Supervisor (nestes)

Youth Services

Intensive Support Services
Christine Stouvenel, M.Ed., Manager (cstouvenel)

Early and Intermediate Intervention Service
Angela D'Agostino, M.S., BCBA, Senior Manager (adagostino)
Elissa Francis, M.S., Manager (efrancis)
Allison Lazar, M.A., BCBA, Manager (alazar)

Behavioral Respite Services
ReNina DeeMinter, Manager (rdeeminter)

ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
2333 N. Broadway, Suite 100 (map)
Santa Ana, CA 92706-1641
(714) 543-8540 (714) 543-5846 fax

STEP
Jennifer Richey, B.A., Manager (jrichey)
Diana Figueroa, Supervisor (dfigueroa)
Jisu Hahn, Supervisor (jhahn)

Youth Services
Behavioral Respite Services
Lori Murray, Manager (lmurray)
Devan Ixta, Supervisor (dixta)

Intensive Support Service
Lori Murray, Manager (lmurray)

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
30011 Ivy Glenn Drive, Suite 125 (map)
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-5017
(949) 218-3555 (949) 218-3344 fax

STEP
Gracen Natoli, Supervisor (gnatoli)

Youth Services
Lori Murray, Manager (lmurray)
Devan Ixta, Supervisor (dixta)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
8393 Capwell Drive, Suite 180 (map)
Oakland, CA 94621 USA
(510) 569-8811 (510) 569-8817 fax

Lori Ann Dotson, M.A., R.A.S., Director of Northern California Services (ldotson)
Kathryn Edwards, Assistant Director/Intake (kedwards)

IABA Comprehensive Services

Northern California Behavioral Services
Dan Friedeck, Manager (dfriedeck)

SOUTH CAROLINA OFFICE

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
PO Box 5743
Greenville, SC 29606-5743
(864) 271-4161 (864) 271-4162 fax


Toll Free (US & Canada): +1 (800) 457-5575
Toll Free (US & Canada): +1 (877) 670-4222 fax

John Q. Marshall, Jr., M.Ed., Director of Professional Training Services (jmarshall)
Jolie Loeb, BFA, Assistant Seminar Coordinator and Graphic Artist (jolie_marshall)