Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Functional Analysis and Treatment of "Psychotic" Topographies
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Javier Virues Ortega, Ph.D.
TOMAS JESUS CARRASCO-GIMENEZ (Universidad de Granada), JAVIER VIRUES ORTEGA (Instituto de Salud Carlos III & Universidad de Granada)
Description: Functional analysis is a developing subject within ABA. Nevertheless, research on functional analysis methodology has been restricted to a few topographies. This workshop aims to review the literature on functional analysis of psychotic topographies from an applied behavioral-analytical standpoint. According to this framework, "psychotic" behaviors (e.g., delusions and hallucinations), can be partially explained as functional behaviors. In addition to the evidence currently available we will present a more comprehensive operant-based framework on psychotic topographies learning and development. Contingencies surrounding the onset of "psychotic disorders" will be analysed in terms of the particular behaviors and operant classes that are acquired. The workshop will be based on (a) the existing literature on functional analysis, (b) a theoretical analysis of psychotic topographies, and (c) a extensive series of case studies from the primary instructor clinical practice. We will describe the most common controlling contingencies and establishing operations for psychotic topographies. This information might work as clinical guidelines for performing functional analyses and designing functionally-based intervention programs for patients with "schizophrenia" and other forms of "psychotic" behaviors.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to: 1. Formulate functional hypotheses explaining "psychotic" behaviors given a detailed clinical history. 2. Design a operant-based intervention driven by a pre-treatment functional analysis. 3. Identify the most common contingencies affecting patients with psychotic behaviors both early and late in their behavioral history. 4. Identify the most common establishing operations affecting patients with psychotic behaviors both early and late in their behavioral history. 5. Describe the shortcomings of functional analysis methodology implementation with patients with psychotic behaviors.
Activities: The workshop is interactive and participation is encouraged. Participants will be instructed on the use of theoretical and descriptive analyses of psychotic behaviors through a number of case studies. In addition, participants will take part in a series of exercises and structured role-play sessions. At the end of the workshop participants will conduct a hypothetic functional analysis of a case study and will design an operant-based intervention. All participants will be provided with a compact disc that contains the PowerPoint presentation of the workshop and additional materials to conduct FA of psychotic behaviors.
Audience: This workshop is intended for all professionals involved in the treatment of patients with "psychotic" behaviors, behavior analysts working at mental health units, faculty members, researchers, graduate students, managers, social workers, and mental health administrators. It would be particularly applicable to individuals interested on functional analysis methodology.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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