Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #45
CE Offered: BACB
Applications and Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis and the Constructional Approach to Behavioral Interventions
Saturday, May 27, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom H
Area: PCH/AAB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Richard T. Codd, Eds
Chair: Richard T. Codd (Refresh Mental Health)
BARBARA HEIDENREICH (Animal Training Fundamentals)
AWAB ABDEL-JALIL (Endicott College / Great Leaps Academy / Eastern Florida Autism Center)

This panel will discuss the design of constructional clinical and other behavioral interventions informed by a nonlinear contingency analysis (NCA). NCA considers disturbing patterns to be a successful adaptation to the current consequential context and its history. Accordingly, it often does not attempt to directly change the presenting complaint, or any associated thoughts or feelings. Instead alternative contingencies, in partnership with the client, are designed that provide the same or greater benefit as the disturbing pattern, but at less cost. When certain patterns are completely off occasion from that of the disturbing pattern, and participate in contingencies that serve to potentiate the benefits of the disturbing pattern, systemic intervention is often required. Such intervention often results in changes in the disturbing pattern, and any accompanying thoughts and feelings, without direct intervention. From time to time immediate relief may be provided by topical interventions as systemic intervention is underway. In this way there can be a mix of a variety of behavioral and related interventions when solving behavior problems. The panelists have extensive experience applying NCA in a variety of settings across different populations—clinics, schools, in-home, zoos, and wildlife conservations. They will answer questions posed by the chair and audience, and discuss how they have been able to provide NCA applications and how behavioral practitioners from a wide spectrum of approaches might benefit for NCA.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners of ABA, animal trainers, clinicians, BCBAs, RBTs

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe what it means to apply a constructional approach; (2) Describe what it means to apply a constructional approach; (3) Provide examples of applications of the constructional approach in multiple settings.
Keyword(s): Animal Behavior, Constructional, Nonlinear Analysis



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