Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #132
Behavioral Monitoring to Support Evidence-Based Practices in Residential Settings
Sunday, May 30, 2010
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
103AB (CC)
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Jonathan W. Kanter (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
GORDON L. PAUL (Mental Health Services, Research & Systems Consult)
Gordon L. Paul, Ph.D., a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology, teaches in the graduate clinical program at the University of Houston. A practicing licensed psychologist and certified health-services provider, he has consulted to more than 200 organizations and served as a member of or advisor to taskforces, study sections, and review groups at regional, state, and national levels. He continues as an advisor to policymaking and advocacy groups on behalf of people suffering from severe emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Paul’s research and practice have demonstrated the utility of behavioral principles for the assessment and nonpharmacological treatment of problems ranging from “anxiety” to “schizophrenia,” and several of his early publications have become “citation classics.” Dr. Paul has been selected for more than 40 honorary biographical publications and expert listings, including Good Housekeeping’s “Best Mental Health Experts.” His more than 40-year’s work on inpatient assessment and treatment programs has been the basis for numerous awards, among them Psychology Today’s Book of the Year Award, the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology’s Distinguished Scientist Award, APA Div 12’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award, and the ABCT Trail Blazer Award for lifetime achievement.
Abstract: The recent federal emphasis on funding evidence-based practices gives hope for a resurgence of behavioral treatment programs for populations often considered untreatable. While political factors have reduced support for nonpharmacological work in inpatient and residential settings over the past 30 years, the complexity of psychosocial variables and needs for staff training and ongoing assessment also have drastically reduced the dissemination of behavioral research findings into these settings. Documented as the “treatment of choice” for the most severely disabled adults with psychotic diagnoses, a comprehensive Social-Learning Program with integrated community aftercare will be described to highlight the complex structural and functional factors that influence effectiveness. This will serve as a springboard for describing a comprehensive system for ongoing assessment and monitoring of client, staff, and program functioning that offers the practical technology to discover and support recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. This system, the Computerized TSBC/SRIC Planned-Access Observational Information System, has been likened to “the development of the cloud chamber in physics and the electron microscope in biology, in which the technical gain may be a difference in kind, not merely a difference in degree.” This system offers promise for behavioral treatment programming becoming a true applied science.



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