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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W86
Applied Clinical Interview Techniques and Strategies in Clinical Behavior Analysis: Capturing Critical Information While Building Rapport
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Gaslamp AB
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joseph N. Ricciardi, Psy.D.
JOSEPH N. RICCIARDI (Seven Hills Foundation; Seven Hills NeuroCare)
Description: Like all other clinical disciplines, behavior analysts utilize clinical interviews as an initial part of the assessment process. Before a direct assessment can be performed, clinical-behavior analysts must gather background information; develop a working definition of behaviors of concern and determine their course; spot possible contributing medical conditions; detect markers of risk (Ricciardi, Rothschild, 2017); and establish rapport with the individual and their supports. Done skillfully, this best practice can lead to testable hypothesis for direct assessment and add efficiency and precision to functional analyses (Hanley et al, 2014). This workshop will provide behavior analysts with an approach to gathering important case information in advance of direct assessments that are useful in developing a comprehensive case formulation (Sturmey, 2008). Participants will learn techniques for eliciting maximum engagement from interviewees; strategies for ensuring comprehensiveness; and how to identify risks markers and what to do about them. Additionally, participants will learn how to control complex group interviews (such as consultation meetings with support staff); how to share sensitive case formulations with recipients of intervention and their families; and how to share a case formulation with other clinicians from other disciplines.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1)report an operational definition of clinical interviewing, and its targeted outcomes; (2) list three core techniques used to elicit information during a clinical interview; (3) demonstrate key questions for eliciting information about antecedent stimuli and reinforcing events from caregivers and support staff; (4) implement a contextual assessment and explain its value in intervention design; (5) describe a comprehensive method for identifying high risk topographies of challenging behavior in new cases; (6) list three strategies for managing risk outside of scope of one's practice; (7) organize case material into a summary presentation for other clinicians; (8) explain the 4-quadrant approach to managing group clinical interviews.
Activities: Instructional strategies include lecture, review of structured interview tools, didactic role play, and model/demonstrations of practice
Audience: Intermediate: This is valuable for a behavior analyst within 3-5 years of practice, who can bring case experiences into the sessions, and looking to refine and deepen clinical assessment skills
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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