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

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Workshop #W61
CE Offered: None
How to Train Caregivers in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Development
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Beacon F
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Julia T. O'Connor, Ph.D.
JULIA T. O'CONNOR (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Description: As the functional behavior assessment methodology has expanded from the highly controlled research context to homes, schools, and community settings, more questions have arisen regarding how to incorporate the family and other caregivers of the client into the assessment and treatment process. Caregiver participation in behavioral assessments allows the clinician to establish a context that more closely replicates the conditions in the natural environment. This workshop is designed to train professionals how to collaborate with parents throughout the functional analysis and treatment development process. The primary focus will be to assist the professional in teaching parents and other caregivers of children with developmental disabilities how to analyze behavior and develop function based treatment strategies in a collaborative relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to practice in small groups. Materials will be provided to participants including how to define behavior, identify target situations, and identify potential reinforcers as well as sample data collection sheets and other handouts describing the principles of applied behavior analysis and conducting functional analysis.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Train caregivers how to define target maladaptive behaviors. Train caregivers to conduct stimulus preference assessments and functional analyses in home and community settings. Train caregivers to identify appropriate alternative/adaptive behaviors. Train caregivers how to link functional analysis outcomes to possible treatment strategies. Assess caregiver integrity on implementation of the functional analysis and treatment.
Activities: Participants will be involved in didactic presentation, discussion, and interactive activities.
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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