Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: BACB
When Interviews are Unspeakable: Using the Constructional Questionnaire With Nonverbal as Well as Verbal Populations
Thursday, May 23, 2024
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Meeting Room 401
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Awab Abdel-Jalil, M.S.
AWAB ABDEL-JALIL (Upstate Caring Partners & Endicott College), ANNA LINNEHAN (Endicott College), SHEILA ANN ANN KLICK (Endicott College), ANGELA FUHRMANN-KNOWLES (Endicott College)
Description: The Constructional Questionnaire was introduced by Goldiamond in 1974. This instrument is used to assess several important areas for programming. First, in collaboration with the client, goals are outlined to establish the terminal repertoires important to the client. Second, it helps reveal the client’s current behavioral and personal attributes. Third, it elucidates historical and current variables that support/maintain their behavioral successes and challenges. Fourth, it ascertains the client's relevant repertoires and resources that help in program success. Finally, it makes explicit observable, objective behavioral outcomes of the program to be undertaken. Attendees will be introduced to the CQ as an assessment and programming tool. Examples of modifications to the original questionnaire, and its application for an array of clients will be presented. Examples will include its use for parents of children with developmental disabilities and ASD, staff, and severe challenging behavior. Attendees will gain a functional understanding of the CQ.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants in this workshop will be able to list the five components of the constructional questionnaire. 2. Using the constructional questionnaire, participants in this workshop will be able to create meaningful client-centered goals. 3. Using the constructional questionnaire, participants in this workshop will be able to identify change procedures that align with client-centered goals.
Activities: We will start with a brief overview lecture on the constructional questionnaire. Then, we will have dyad activities for people to practice the questionnaire to analyze behavioral problems provided in vignettes. The presenters will give feedback and interact with the attendees during this time. Finally, attendees will be asked to think of a case they have struggled with in the past, and without revealing information, apply what they learned to analyze that case.
Audience: BCBAs with a foundational understanding of ABA.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Constructional, Functional Analysis, Nonlinear Analysis, Parents caregivers



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