Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W80
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavioral Marriage and Family Therapy: Nuts and Bolts Content You Can Use
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 226 AB
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Bryan Crisp, M.A.
BRYAN CRISP (East Carolina University)
Description: Abstract Accountability has become the focus of therapy. Parents and spouses in therapy want positive change for their money. This workshop delivers the goods by emphasizing hands-on, here’s-how-it’s-done, family behavior therapy based on the new book, Behavioral Family Therapy (Crisp and Knox, 2009) Rather than clients guessing about whether therapy is working, data verifying the increased frequency of positive behavior and the decreased frequency of negative behavior (along with the desired emotions/feelings) are required by the therapist and provide the answer. The focus of the workshop is on how to complete behavioral contracts covering an array of family problems that are used to treat problems presented to therapists working with families. These are preceded by a review of basic learning principles showing how children learn negative/undesirable behavior and how new positive behavior can be learned through structuring positive and negative consequences via. Issues of rapport with clients, compliance in following through with delivering the consequences specified in the contracts and resistancies parents have to using behavioral contracts are also dealt with. Case histories from the book covering over 25 specific problems areas illustrate the various ways contracts are used.
Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Identify common objections to behavior analytical assessment and intervention in the home. 2. Describe the rationale for careful data gathering in a natural setting. 3. Utilize various methods of in-home assessment. 4. Design concurrent interventions to replace and teach behaviors. 5. Describe effective ways of engaging parents to accomplish therapeutic goals. 6. Identify and deal with challenges the Behavior Analyst has as the analyst utilizes behavioral interventions in the home setting.
Activities: Discussion of course content. Role play methods of teaching parental responses.
Audience: All professionals engaged in behavioral therapies with children and families.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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