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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: BACB
Caregivers as Therapists: How to Train Caregivers to Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessment and Develop Treatments
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Julia T. O'Connor, Ph.D.
JULIA T. O'CONNOR (The Kennedy Krieger Institute), DIPTI MUDGAL (The May Institute)
Description: As the functional behavior assessment methodology extends from the highly controlled clinical context to homes, schools, and community settings, involving family and caregivers in this process is an area has generated much attention and interest. Caregiver participation in behavioral assessment allows the clinician to establish a context that more closely replicates the natural environment. Involving caregivers also aides in providing skills that may be needed when implementing the treatment in more naturalistic settings. This workshop is designed to prepare professionals how to train caregivers in the functional analysis and treatment development process. The primary focus will be to assist the professionals in training parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities about analyzing behavior and developing treatment strategies based on the function of behavior. Besides didactics, participants will have the opportunity to practice in small groups and receive feedback from the presenters. Materials provided during this workshop will include questionnaires about defining target behaviors, identifying target situations, and conducting stimulus preference assessment. In addition, sample data collection sheets, handouts describing the principles of applied behavior analysis and conducting functional analysis will be provided.
Learning Objectives: 1. The participant will be able to train caregivers how to identify and define target maladaptive behaviors. 2. The participant will be able to train caregivers to conduct stimulus preference assessments and functional analyses in home and community settings. 3. The participant will be able to train caregivers how to link functional analysis outcomes to possible treatment strategies. 4. The participant will be able to train caregivers to identify appropriate alternative/adaptive behaviors. 5. The participant will be able to assess caregiver�s procedural integrity on implementation of the functional analysis and treatment.
Activities: Participants will be involved in didactic presentation, discussion, and interactive activities (e.g., role-play).
Audience: Clinicians working with parents with developmentally disabled children with behavior problems. Masters level therapists, psychologists, and family members are welcome. Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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