Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W62
CE Offered: BACB — 
Using a Functional Analysis Risk Assessment Decision Tool in Applied Settings
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Montreux 3
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Neil Deochand, Ph.D.
NEIL DEOCHAND (University of Cincinnati), REBECCA RENEE ELDRIDGE (Western Michigan University)
Description: Risk-benefit analyses are used to weight the side-effects, restrictiveness, and potential harms of procedures against their potential benefits before proceeding. Despite behavior analysts reporting that functional analyses are the most informative assessment to develop effective treatment plans, many experience barriers to utilizing this assessment in practice (Oliver, Pratt, & Normand, 2015; Roscoe, Phillips, Kelly, Farber, & Dube, 2015). Since safety recommendations for the functional analysis are scattered in the research literature it may lead to over-estimating the risk of this procedure (Wiskirchen, Deochand, & Peterson, 2017). Therefore, developing clearer guidelines and clinical decision making tools regarding when to proceed with such a procedure is an ethical mandate. This workshop covers integrating safety precautions in functional analyses, provides attendees with an automated tool which can help train supervisees essential decision making skills of when to proceed with a functional analysis, and consider alternative experimental procedures that can be used in practice.
Learning Objectives: 1. Learn to create a written document outlining safety precautions used in functional analyses 2. Use an automated tool to train supervisees considerations to reducing risk prior to proceeding with functional analyses 3. Consider when reliability and validity of results are impacted by safety precautions, idiosyncratic or combined functions, and issues surrounding heavily medicated individuals. 4. Develop strategies to minimize false positives and or false negatives in functional analysis treatment conditions.
Activities: Lecture on safety recommendations used in the research literature Discussion regarding current safety precautions used in practice Present hypothetical case scenarios to breakout groups Use tool to assist decision making and training supervisees regarding risks of proceeding with a functional analysis
Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts that use functional analyses
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): decision tools, functional analysis, risk assessment, safety precautions



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