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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W52
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Clinical Interviewing in Behavior Analytic Practice: Effective Techniques for Gathering Information, Conveying Compassion, and Working With Cultural Sensitivity
Friday, May 26, 2023
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2B
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Maggie Veiga, M.Ed.
MAGGIE VEIGA (University of Massachusetts ), Joseph N. Ricciardi (May Institute)
Description: Clinical-behavior analysts use clinical interviewing as part of intake, assessment and ongoing consultation. They gather background information, determine comorbid medical problems, and identify family and cultural values. Then, they interview to identify and prioritize behaviors of concern; possible antecedents and reinforcing consequences; and to develop testable hypotheses of function. Yet few behavior analysts receive training in interview and clinical communication skills (LeBlanc, Taylor, Marchese, 2020). Recent trends in the advanced practice of ABA now require clinical interviewing skills. For example, interviewing skills are required to design synthesized FA conditions (Slaton, Hanley, Raftery, 2017), integrate compassionate care approaches (Taylor, LeBlanc, Nosik, 2019), foster collaboration (Rohrer et al., 2021), identify possible trauma history (Rajaraman et al, 2022), respond to important cultural differences (Fong et al., 2016), and support a circumstances view of behavioral challenges (Friman, 2021). This workshop will provide behavior analysts with an overview of the clinical interview process, its aims, and objectives. Specifics will include strategies and techniques for using structured interviews, developing rapport and bond with informants, active listening, conveying empathy, interrupting/redirecting unfocused exchanges. This workshop is consistent with an emerging line of research targeting acquisition of these essential skill sets (Rohrer & Weiss, 2022).
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to explain how structured interviews are used to enhance clinical information gathering. Participants will be able to describe and demonstrate the active listening skill set. Participants will be able to list three tactics for communicating empathy, concern, or compassion. Participants will be able to define at least one source of cognitive bias in the interpretation of a clinical interview. Participants will be able to describe and demonstrate verbal tactics for redirecting unfocused exchanges.
Activities: The format will combine lecture, video demonstrations, and structured opportunities for practice and feedback
Audience: Intermediate. It is ideal for trainees to have completed clinical intake processes with individuals and families and have experience with the standard conduct of an FBA.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): clinical assessment, compassionate care, culturally responsive



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