Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W33
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Following a Safer and More Efficient Functional Analysis and Treatment Model
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Columbus Hall EF, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joshua Jessel, Ph.D.
JOSHUA JESSEL (Child Study Center), MAHSHID GHAEMMAGHAMI (Western New England University)
Description: Functional analysis is a powerful methodological tool that can provide an effective and humane treatment for problem behavior (Hanley, Iwata, & McCord, 2003). Despite its growing empirical support, a recent survey (Oliver, Pratt, & Normand, 2015) suggests that the majority of practicing behavior analysts are not conducting functional analyses to inform treatment considerations. Practitioners may be avoiding functional analysis because of concerns that it places the patient or clinician in a dangerous environment and requires too much time or resources. The instructors will teach the audience how to conduct a safe functional analysis that takes an average of 25 min and as little as 5 min based on their research (e.g., Jessel, Hanley, & Ghaemmaghami, in press; Ghaemmaghami, Hanley, & Jessel, accepted) and collection of replications from clinical practice. The instructors will also discuss how to use the functional analysis results to design effective, function-based treatments that include teaching complex and developmentally appropriate functional communication skills, and skill-based delay tolerance procedures that increase other social behaviors (e.g., compliance, task engagement, and social interaction) to effect more global changes in the functional repertoires needed to be successful in contextually complex environments.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) conduct a functional analysis of problem behavior in 5 to 25 minutes; (2) teach a child complex functional communication skills; (3) teach a child how to tolerate delays and denials to reinforcement; (4) program for generalization and maintenance of these skills.
Activities: Workshop activities will include a lecture broken up with discussions and activities. Activities will include example vignettes where the audience will practice conducting interviews, videos where they will practice collecting data, and a workbook to be filled out throughout the lecture.
Audience: BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, BCaBAs, licensed psychologists, and other behavior analytic providers who need to learn a fast and safe approach to assessing and treating problem behavior. This approach has been empirically validated for those with and without intellectual disabilities, with children as young as 1 and adults as old as 30, and can be conducted in multiple contexts such as classrooms, clinics, or homes.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): FCT, functional analysis, problem behavior, tolerance training



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