Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Paper Session #264
CE Offered: BACB
Beyond Cognition and Behavior: Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis for Clinical Practice
Sunday, May 30, 2021
3:00 PM–3:25 PM
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: T. V. Joe Layng (Generategy, LLC)
CE Instructor: T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D.
Beyond Cognition and Behavior: Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis (NCA) for Clinical Practice
Domain: Service Delivery
T. V. JOE LAYNG (Generategy, LLC)
Abstract: The focus of most modern therapies is on the verbal behavior of the client as a way of accounting for their private experience and emotions. Often causal relations between the presenting complaint and dysfunctional rules or behavior maintained by emotional change are postulated and the focus of intervention. Disturbing thoughts and emotions are considered a function of these rules and the momentary relief provided by the temporary avoidance of these experiences. A nonlinear contingency analysis (NCA), however, suggests that the source of the disturbing patterns is not to be found in self-rules or avoidance of unpleasant thoughts or feelings, but in a broader consequential contingency context of which such patterns are a function. This broader context requires the consideration of not only the consequences, both costs and benefits, of the disturbing pattern, but of the alternative patterns as well. Further, contingencies that may not be directly to those related the disturbing pattern, but that potentiate those contingencies, must also be considered. NCA expands a clinician’s perspective beyond behavior and cognition, and helps make sense of the disturbing pattern, thoughts, and emotions as the sensible and adaptive outcome of nonlinear consequential contingencies and their history.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) distinguish between linear and nonlinear contingency analysis; (2) distinguish between topical and systemic intervention.



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