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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W48
Behavioral Counseling: Assessment and Intervention Techniques
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Republic B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Brandon Forth, Ph.D.
JOSEPH D. CAUTILLI (Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners), MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
Description: This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn essential clinical skills for individual behavior counseling assessment and intervention treatment approaches. Basics of clinical assessment and intervention methods, referred to as "behavioral counseling microskills" applicable to outpatient therapeutic services will be reviewed in depth. These include identifying client behavior, teaching clients to collect data, goal-setting, functional assessment interviews, use of functional assessment data to determine effective treatment, contingency management, self-management, covert sensitization, systematic desensitization, and others. Participants will engage in small group activities to practice the use of behavioral counseling methods in individual therapy sessions. Areas covered in this workshop include self-management, systematic desensitization, covert sensitization, and behavioral couples counseling among other methods and approaches.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will learn to do the following: 1. state the difference between "behavioral counseling" and other behavioral approaches; 2. state what types of behavioral problems are best suited to behavioral counseling approaches; 3. identify at least three behavioral counseling intervention methods; 4. define "behavioral counseling microskills;" 5. state how functional assessment is integrated into microskills; 6. describe how to use functional assessment in therapy sessions; 7. explain how clients are taught and encouraged to take and report data on behaviors; 8. describe effective implementation of techniques such as self-management, systematic desensitization, and other behavior management approaches in behavior counseling sessions.
Activities: The wotkshop will include group break-out activities to practice the various techniques (as time permits): identifying behaviors, goal-setting in sessions, shaping the client to shift from "feelings" to behavior, encouraging data collection and the use of self-report and data monitoring, the use of "microskills," interviews for functional assessment, incorporating functional assessment results into intervention, altering consequences of client behavior, the use of reinforcement, being solution-focused, self-management techniques, systematic desensitization vs. flooding, and covert sensitization.
Audience: Behavioral practitioners, behavior therapists, outpatient counselors, and applied behavior analysts providing therapeutic services for varied clinical populations and ages.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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