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.


30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: None
Behavior Intervention Plans: Guidelines, Clinical Accuracy, and Implementation
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Beacon E
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jose D. Rios, Ph.D.
JOSE D. RIOS (Private Practice), EVANGELINA HURTADO (Pathways), JOHN YOUNGBAUER (North L.A. County Regional Center)
Description: Support staff and teachers can best assist individuals with problem behaviors when they have the guidance of a well-designed and effective intervention plan. Unfortunately, functional assessments and the behavior plans derived from such assessments are often poorly designed. They often lack clinical accuracy for the individuals specific behavior problems and are often difficult to implement. This workshop will address plans that are clinically challenged and review problems and the necessary steps needed to remedy them. In particular, a plan must entail well-defined description of procedures, it must be clinically accurate and it must be implemented with integrity. Beginning with the importance of an accurate functional assessment, this workshop will review how to design and implement plans in residential and educational settings. Poorly designed plans are discussed and evaluated in this workshop. The workshop will address staffs concerns and barriers in the implementation of treatment plans and will also provide some steps to remedy these problems. We also will look at issues concerning the importance of effective staff training and appropriate supervision.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Evaluate treatment intervention plans for individuals with behavior problems. These guidelines include how to define procedures effectively, implement clinical accuracy, and treatment integrity. Address environmental factors that affect the accurate implementation of treatment plans in residential facilities and educational settings. Remember helpful tips used in consulting with staff and supervisors to improve the effectiveness of treatment plan implementation. Learn the importance of treatment implementation protocol to improve quality of services. These protocol guidelines include the importance of standardization to increase evaluation and accountability, and to provide staff training and treatment implementation plan. Review how to include clinical effectiveness and treatment integrity in the development of an intervention plan. Understand how the clinical accuracy is an important component of an effective behavioral treatment plan. In addition, participants will learn the essential characteristics of an effective treatment plan, which entail that a plan should be applied, behavioral, analytical, technological, conceptually systematic, effective, and used to promote generalization.
Activities: This workshop will be primarily didactic with a review of some handouts and sample intervention plans. Three sample cases will be reviewed and evaluated as a small-group project.
Audience: Individuals who are or will soon be designing, evaluating or implementing functional assessment and intervention plans. The primary focus is the use of behavior plans within residential settings although examples involved in educational settings also will be addressed. This workshop would be helpful for QMRPs, special and regular education teachers, residential administrative staff, behavior specialists/analysts, social workers and case managers as well as anyone involved in the assessment and treatment of persons with behavior disorders.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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