Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W19
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Designing and Implementing Effective and Comprehensive Behavior Intervention Plans: A Guide for Practitioners
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 129 A
Area: DDA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jose D. Rios, M.S.
JOSE D. RIOS (BehaviorLogix, Inc.), Isaac L. Bermudez (ACES, Inc.), F. Elizabeth Davidson (IECP), Howard Hazard-Tsernov (IECP), Natalie Stafford (IECP), Ruth A. Tello-Di Leva (Familias First), Arturo Zepeda de Miranda, Jr. (Miranda United Children's Home, LLC.)
Description: Functional assessments and behavior intervention plans are increasingly being used, developed and implemented across a variety of settings such as schools, homes, early intervention services, residential programs, adult workshop/day programs, geriatric agencies and rehabilitation centers. Despite this, until recently, there have not been any standard methods or protocols for the design and development of assessment and treatment plans. This workshop will address a variety of steps necessary to conduct effective and comprehensive assessments and intervention plans including • Common problems encountered in assessment and treatment plans • A protocol for designing comprehensive plans • The importance and types of commonly used functional assessment methods • The logical relationship between functional assessment results and the intervention methods chosen (i.e., those based on the function of the problem behavior) • Ethical issues related to plan development and implementation • Staff and systemic issues related to plan implementation At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to critique behavior plans, design effective and comprehensive plans, use data to determine intervention techniques and understand various systemic and ethical issues related to plan implementation.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to discriminate between correctly and incorrectly designed behavior plans 2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to understand the purpose and importance of different types of Functional Assessment 3. Participants will understand how to include the assessment information into a written plan 4. Participants learn how to use the results of the functional assessment data to create an effective behavior plan 5. Participants will be taught to select various interventions based on the assessed function of the problem behavior 6. Participants will learn how to write behavioral goals & objectives to evaluate the effectiveness of the behavior plan 7. Participants will understand how practitioners can approach ethical concerns towards assessment and interventions in behavior plans while using evidence-based best practices 8. Participants will understand how to apply the behavior intervention plan 9. Identify and address staff issues that affect plan implementation and secure systemic support 10. Participants will understand the importance of conducting treatment integrity of the intervention plan
Activities: This workshop will include several exercises and handouts. This will include reviewing samples of correct and incorrect plans, small group exercises on possible ethical dilemmas facing those who develop plans and vignettes of sample problems behaviors with hypothesized functions with the aim of identifying logical interventions (based on the hypothesized functions).
Audience: This workshop addresses the needs of practitioners who design, review, evaluate, supervise, fund and implement behavior intervention plans. This may include new practitioners, educators, other professionals who supervise and develop plans and agency staff involved in plan design and implementation.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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