“Social Validity Assessment of Training Methods to Improve Treatment Integrity of Special Education Service Providers,” an article co-authored by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review for May Institute, was published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, a peer- publication designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis.
The article’s authors are: Craig Strohmeier, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Md.; Christina Mule, Tufts University Medical Center, Boston, Mass.; and James K. Luiselli, May Institute, Randolph, Mass.
“We report the results of a social validity assessment that was administered to special education service providers (N = 44) to document the acceptability and effectiveness ratings of several treatment integrity training methods. The participants judged performance feedback as the most likely method to improve their treatment integrity, followed by avoidance (negative reinforcement) of supervision meetings, online training, and financial incentive. Performance feedback was also rank-ordered as most effective among the four training methods. We discuss the merits of social validity assessment in designing programs for enhancing treatment integrity among practitioners within educational and clinical settings.”