Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W8
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Root Cause Analysis and Behavior Analysis: Applying Root Cause Analysis to Incidents and Assessment of Problem Behavior
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Forum GHIJ, Niveau 1
Area: PRA/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Merrill Winston, Ph.D.
MERRILL WINSTON (Professional Crisis Management, Inc.), LARAINE WINSTON (Life Targets, LLC)
Description: Root cause analysis has been used for decades to analyze the causes of major disasters and is used by agencies such as the NTSB to determine the cause(s) of airline disasters but it is also used for any industry that requires a detailed analysis of the chain of events that led to a particular outcome. This workshop will apply this type of analysis to behavioral incidents as well to the analysis of problem behavior
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) conduct a root cause analysis; (2) apply a root cause analysis to a behavioral incident; (3) apply a root cause analysis to assist in the understanding of all the causes for a given behavior problem.
Activities: The workshop will be comprised of lecture and then the participants will be broken into groups and given sample incidents for which they will conduct their own root cause analysis. This will be followed up by more lecture. Participants will also be given sample behavior problems and the function(s) of the behavior and will attempt a root cause analysis to help explain why a particular function has taken dominance in the maintenance of the behavior
Audience: The target audience is practicing behavior analysts who wish to augment their ability to track down numerous variables that all contribute to behavior problems and/or behavioral incidents
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Functional Assessment, Root Cause



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