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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB
Improving Applied Behavior Analysis Services With Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Creating Meaningful Relationships With Stakeholders
Friday, May 24, 2019
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Monte Rosa
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Yors A. Garcia, Ph.D.
YORS A. GARCIA (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), AMANDA M MARTINEZ (University of Nevada, Reno )
Description: ABA has developed well-grounded procedures to improve individual’s lives. One recurrent difficulty when providing ABA services is the ability to increase treatment adherence, working with intense emotional responses, and dealing with issues that have been traditionally outside of the behavior-analytic domain such as compassion, mindfulness, clinical-client relationship and acceptance. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a behavioral-analytic therapy that focuses on improving interpersonal functioning and social connection. FAP assumes relationships are bidirectional and dynamic; and therefore, listener’s and speaker’s behavior need to be approached to create a meaningful and collaborative interaction. In this order, FAP utilizes behavioral procedures such as shaping, modeling, and discrimination training to promote emotional tacting, interpersonal manding, and effective discrimination of interpersonal repertoires. This workshop seeks to teach ABA providers how to use FAP procedures. For example, identify clinically relevant behaviors, notice how their own interpersonal repertoires affect their relationship with clients, evoke problem behaviors and improvements in-session, and reinforce stakeholders interpersonal behaviors with the aim of improving therapeutic outcomes and treatment adherence.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe personal’ and stakeholders’ interpersonal behaviors that aid to improve treatment adherence, (2) Apply behavior-analytic procedures to improve interpersonal behaviors and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders, (3) Combine behavior-analytic and FAP procedures to maximize clinical outcomes in parents, staff, and children, (4) Demonstrate in vivo how to implement the skills learned in the workshop with clients.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lecture, demonstration, experiential exercises, role-play, and discussion. Participants will be provided with copies of powerpoint slides, exercises, 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: Basic
Keyword(s): FAP, Functional Assessment, Therapeutic Relationship, Verbal Behavior



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