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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: A Functional Analysis Skills Curriculum for Clinicians
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Zurich F, Swissotel
Area: PRA/TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: James Chok, Ph.D.
JAMES CHOK (Melmark Pennsylvania), JILL MARIE HARPER (Melmark New England)
Description: A functional analysis (FA) is a systematic experimental methodology used in the assessment process to determine a behavior's maintaining variables prior to treatment selection. Research has demonstrated that selecting interventions based upon the results of an FA greatly improves treatment outcomes for problem behavior (e.g., Pelios, Morren, Tesch, & Axelrod, 1999; Hastings & Noone, 2005). Moreover, inaccurate interpretation of FA data can lead to the selection of ineffective interventions, and possibly interventions that inadvertently exacerbate problem behavior (e.g., Iwata, Pace, Cowdery, & Miltenberger, 1994). Thus, utilizing FAs to guide treatment selection is important for behavior analysts working within applied settings. Although designing and conducting functional analyses are cornerstone skills for behavior analysts, the research literature does not yet offer any published examples of how these skills should be trained. The current workshop focuses on how to design and implement functional analyses. These skills will be taught within the structured framework of a functional analysis skills curriculum designed by our agency and used to certify our staff members.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) consider ethical dilemmas when conducting functional analyses; (2) conduct standard functional analysis sessions; (3) interview staff members/caregivers and develop idiosyncratic functional analysis conditions; (4) select an appropriate measurement system, functional analysis methodology, and experimental design for functional analyses; (5) use structured materials as part of a mentorship process to evaluate trainees in the design and implementation of functional analyses.
Activities: This workshop will include multiple activities: lecture, modeling of skills, and small group practice of skills.
Audience: This workshop is intended for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists who are responsible for training others to conduct functional analyses. It is intended for individuals who already have a working knowledge of functional analysis and are looking for a structured approach to train others in functional analysis skills development. This workshop is not appropriate for individuals who do not have experience conducting functional analyses.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): functional analysis



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