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 #W20
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Effective Behavior Plans: Assessment, Design, and Implementation
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Bonham E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: DDA/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara Esch, Ph.D.
JOSE D. RIOS (Private Practice), ISAAC L. BERMUDEZ (Behavior Functions, Inc.), ARTURO ZEPEDA DE MIRANDA, JR. (Miranda United Children's Home, LLC.), RUTH TELLO DILEVA (Familias First), NATALIE STAFFORD (Inclusive Education & Community Partnership), HOWARD HAZARD-TSERNOV (Inclusive Education and Community Partnership), F. ELIZABETH DAVIDSON (Inclusive Education and Community Partnership)
Description: Functional assessments and behavior intervention plans are increasingly used, developed, and implemented across a variety of settings such as schools, homes, early intervention services, residential programs, adult workshops and day programs, geriatric facilities, 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; and staff and systemic issues related to plan implementation.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. be able to understand how functional assessment methodology logically relates to the development of an effective behavior intervention plan; 2. understand how to include the assessment information into a written plan; 3. review how to place your functional assessment results into a functional assessment report; 4. know how to select effective, research-based interventions according to the assessed function of the problem behavior; 5. review the steps for implementing many research-based intervention strategies; 6. understand how to place your behavior intervention plan recommendations into a report and how to create a behavior intervention plan easy to use by staff members; 7. be able to discriminate between correctly and incorrectly written behavior intervention plans; 8. understand the importance of treatment integrity of the behavior intervention plan; 9. identify the staff issues that affect plan implementation and secure systemic support; 10. be able to write behavioral goals and objectives to evaluate the effectiveness of the behavior intervention plan; 11. understand the ethical concerns related towards assessment and interventions in behavior intervention plans using evidence-based best practices.
Activities: Much of this workshop is didactic, but among the planned activities are small group exercises that include evaluating one or two actual behavior plans, writing goals, reviewing assessment methods, and viewing one or two videotaped exercises.
Audience: This is an advanced presentation that requires participants to have adequate knowledge of applied behavior analysis methods and terms. This presentation is targeted towards professionals who design, implement, fund, support, and evaluate functional assessment and behavior intervention plans in settings such as schools, day programs, clinical settings, and residential facilities. This target audience includes educators, therapists, social workers, interventionists, psychologists, graduate-level students, and behavior specialists and analysts.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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