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.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #17
CE Offered: BACB
Historical Context and Future Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Challenging Behavior
Friday, September 2, 2022
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey A
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Art Dowdy, Ph.D.
Chair: Art Dowdy (Temple University)
VALDEEP SAINI (Brock University)
JOSHUA JESSEL (Queens College, City University of New York)
EINAR T. INGVARSSON (Virginia Institute of Autism)

The use of functional analysis and function-based interventions are considered best practice when treating challenging behavior exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. We have arranged a panel of top researchers, all of whom have experience conducting and evaluating different functional analysis methods. The panelists will discuss the evolution of these practices over time and provide commentary on future directions in this area of research. In addition, the panelists will frame the advancement of assessment and treatment in the historical context of these practices. Issues such as ethics and social validity will be discussed along with more recent considerations such as trauma-informed care and pragmatism. The panelists will also highlight research foundations and practical advancements in treating challenging behavior. Multiple perspectives on the treatment of challenging behavior will be presented including research and practice guidelines from various sources. The panel intends to provide a lively discussion that will motivate interests of clinicians and researchers to consider assessment and treatment procedures in light of a growing and changing field.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Audience should be interested in learning about functional analysis that includes both current practices and future directions.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will have an understanding of the evolution of functional analysis practices. 2. Attendees will have an understanding of future directions of functional analysis practices. 3. Attendees will have an understanding of diverse perspectives on treating challenging behavior.
Keyword(s): challenging behavior, function-based intervention, functional analysis



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