Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Paper Session #357
Toward a New Functional Categorization of Clinical Interventions
Monday, May 31, 2021
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Awab Abdel-Jalil (Eastern Michigan University )
Toward a New Functional Categorization of Clinical Interventions
Domain: Service Delivery
AWAB ABDEL-JALIL (Eastern Michigan University ), T. V. Joe Layng (Generategy, LLC)
Abstract: Clinical interventions, including third-wave behavioral therapies such as ACT, FAP, and DBT, differ in approach to case conceptualization and intervention. When considering these differences, Nonlinear Contingency Analysis (NCA) further extends the range of variables to be considered beyond other approaches. This presentation will attempt a functional categorization of these various behavioral therapies based on seven features: (1) variables maintaining the disturbing pattern; (2) whether the disturbing pattern is considered maladaptive or adaptive; (3) the consequences considered; (4) the intervention focus and strategy; (5) the role of thoughts; (6) the role of emotions, and; (7) the intervention change procedures. This leads to four functional categorizations: topical-direct, topical-functional, topical-nonlinear, and systemic nonlinear. Whereas most current behavioral interventions fall into the topical-functional categories, only NCA falls into topical-nonlinear and systemic-nonlinear categories, thus providing therapists with a more complete consideration of contextual variables. The aim is to highlight the variables that are usually not considered and show their potential contribution to case formalization and intervention.



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