Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #520
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Clinical Behavior Analysis: Considerations in Characterizations, Applications, and Future Directions
Monday, May 27, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9-10
Area: CBM/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Dana Paliliunas, Ph.D.
Chair: Victoria Diane Hutchinson (Saint Louis University, University of Mississippi, Irby Psychological Services)
RYAN ALBARADO (Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group)
DANA PALILIUNAS (Missouri State University)

Within the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the analysis and treatment of mental health-related symptoms and behaviors is becoming an increasingly more prominent topic. Clinical Behavior Analysis is an area of ABA that applies functional behavioral principles to these clinically relevant behaviors (Dougher, 2000). Applications of clinical behavior analysis have been noted in past research and papers that demonstrate the importance of consideration of private events when treating socially significant behaviors (Luciano, Torneke, & Ruiz, 2022). For instance, clinician behaviors should also be considered when analyzing the context of a private behavior within sessions. Though the topic has been conceptualized and defined in other sources, there are still practical considerations needed when applying strategies within a clinical setting. Additionally, there is still a need for growing research within clinical behavior analysis. This panel aims to discuss definitions, applications, and considerations for the future of the field, as well as other questions from the audience.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Define clinical behavior analysis as it pertains to applied settings; (2) Identify potential applications of clinical behavior analysis when addressing private events in context; (3) List considerations for future research and progress of the field regarding clinical behavior analysis
Keyword(s): Clinical Behavior, private events, verbal behavior



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