Burnout is real! It seems like everything keeps piling on, and it’s becoming harder and harder to provide behavioral services. Funding, documentation, and billing requirements are everchanging and ever-increasing. These moving administrative goalposts place enormous pressure on clinicians already working at or above capacity.
curaJOY’s solution enables parents, clients, family members, educators, and other service providers to enter and share behavioral data within HIPAA and FERPA parameters while providing clinical decision-making assistance based on machine learning and established algorithms from prior studies from the University of Montreal. It might be hard to believe, but these algorithms have already been demonstrated to make more accurate predictions than BCBA-Ds! (That doesn’t remove the critical role humans play; it just means that we could be using intervention time more wisely and doing more good. This is an aid, not a replacement.) Dr. Marc Lanovaz, PhD, BCBA-D, is the leader in this research area. His app has provided camp counselors, teachers, and parents with advice and integration aids to reduce behavior challenges in children with disabilities in the summer camp setting.
WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
How could treatment progress differently if parents started services with a working knowledge of the function of their child’s challenging behaviors and an emerging repertoire of function-based intervention techniques?
New, green BCBAs with less than five years of experience make up many supervisors and even clinical directors and still have a lot to learn about designing acceptable and effective interventions, completing FBAs and other assessments and documentation, parent coaching, providing supervision, and case conceptualization. In short, they need a lot of support, and many agencies cannot offer adequate support and training to their staff. Simply having the 4 capital letters isn’t enough to make a rockstar clinician. We want to help maximize your efficiency and know-how while helping you do the most for your clients without working harder. We can either fear the progression of technology or harness and embrace it to extend our reach and do more good work more easily, in less time, with less error. Sounds pretty good to this BCBA!