Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Assessment and Treatment of Children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Broadening the Lens
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom C
Area: CBM/DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jeannie A. Golden, Ph.D.
JEANNIE A. GOLDEN (East Carolina University)
Description: Traditional counselors view aberrant behaviors as symptoms of underlying constructs that are the reason for these behaviors, while behaviorists view these behaviors as serving an environmental function. FBA identifies the function of aberrant behaviors and acceptable replacement behaviors that serve the same function. Components that are often missing in the analysis of aberrant behaviors include: 1) motivating operations in the form of private events (thoughts and feelings); and 2) learning history with specific Sds for reinforcement or punishment. This workshop will deal with the following: disturbed attachment, callousness and lack of emotionality, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and anxiety and depression.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the symptoms of emotional/behavioral disorders as behaviors serving an environmental function; (2) Describe the process of conducting FBAs with children with emotional/behavioral disorders; (3) Describe the role of learning history in treating with children with emotional/behavioral disorders; (4) Describe the role of motivating operations and discriminative stimuli in treating children with emotional/behavioral disorders; (5) Describe how to develop and implement function-based treatments for children with emotional/behavioral disorders.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, demonstration, role-play, and discussion. Participants will be provided with copies of power point slides, DVDs, and a list of suggested readings.
Audience: Participants should include behavior analysts, psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, administrators, teachers and direct care staff.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, function-based treatments, motivating operations



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