Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W38
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
From Assessment to Behavior Plan Implementation: Creating Comprehensive Interventions That Work
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Columbus Hall IJ, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mark P. Groskreutz, Ph.D.
MARK P. GROSKREUTZ (Southern Connecticut State University), NICOLE C. GROSKREUTZ (University of Saint Joseph)
Description: Effective BCBAs must be able to use principles of ABA to inform their assessment, intervention development, and training responsibilities. There are many sources available that describe various behavioral assessments and interventions, yet there are fewer resources that cover how ABA practitioners should select from among available options and individualize these interventions for a variety of clients and settings. This workshop will provide specific information on how to use various assessment strategies to inform decision making, including selecting and designing assessments, as well as using the results of those assessments to create effective interventions. Specific strategies and practical extensions will be discussed, such as preference assessment (e.g., Fisher et al., 1992; DeLeon et al., 1996), reinforcer assessment (e.g., Roscoe et al., 1999), and functional behavior assessment (e.g., Hanley, 2012; Iwata et al., 1982/1994). However, the primary goal of the workshop will be to identify when to use which assessments and how to use the outcomes to inform specific details within a developing intervention plan. Interventions will cover topics from imitation and chaining to differential reinforcement and stimulus control procedures, but again, the focus will be on how to select from the various well-researched intervention options.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) identify and state behavioral priorities in objective terms and identify relevant measures; (2) based on priorities, identify and design relevant assessments to inform intervention development; (3) select and plan assessments targeting identification of prerequisite skills, motivating operations, and maintaining variables; (4) use assessment results (prerequisite skills, MOs, and maintaining variables) to create comprehensive interventions for skill acquisition and behavior reduction priorities; (5) draft intervention guidelines (skill acquisition and behavior reduction) with content and format to improve treatment integrity.
Activities: Activities will include lecture, discussion, small group work, scenario-based instruction (i.e., videos, role playing) Workshop activities will generally use the following format for each subtopic area and last roughly 25-45 min each:short lecture, guided practice, small group or individual practice, review and relation of subtopic to overall topic (behavior intervention planning process). A variety of self-management tools will be provided throughout to help attendees identify the critical variables influencing assessment and intevention design, as well as to serve as a reference for later use in practice.
Audience: Early or intermediate level BCBAs who are looking to improve or expand their selection, use, and design of a variety of assessment and intervention paradigms.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavior Plans, Behavioral Interventions, Consultation, Functional Assessment



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