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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W31
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Counseling: Assessment and Intervention Techniques.
Friday, May 23, 2008
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Joseph D. Cautilli, Ph.D.
JOSEPH D. CAUTILLI (Children Crisis Treatment Center/St. Joseph's University), MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
Description: This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn essential clinical skills necessary for individual behavior counseling assessment and intervention treatment approaches. Basics will be reviewed including identifying client behavior, teaching clients to collect data, goal-setting, functional assessment interviews, use of FA data to determine effective treatment, contingency management, self-management, covert sensitization, systematic desensitization and others. Participants will engage in small group activities to practice use of behavioral counseling methods for use in individual therapy sessions using behavioral methods and approaches.
Learning Objectives: 1) State the difference between "behavioral counseling" and other behavioral approaches 2) What types of behavioral problems are best suited to behavioral counseling approaches 3) Identify at least three behavioral counseling intervention methods 4) Define "behavioral counseling microskills." 5) State how is functional assessment integrated into microskills 6) Describe how to use functional assessment in therapy sessions 7) Explain how clients are taught and encouraged to take and report data on behaviors 8) Describe effective implementation of techniques such as self-management, systematic desensitization, and other behavior management approaches in behavior counseling sessions
Activities: Group break-out activities to practice the various techniques (as time permits) 1) Identifying behaviors 2) Goal-setting in sessions 3) shaping client to shift from "feelings" to behavior 4) encouraging data collection and use of self-report and data monitoring 5) use of "microskills" 6) interviews for functional assessment 7) incorporating FA results into intervention 8) Altering consequences of client behavior 9) Use of reinforcement; being solution-focused 10) self-management techniques 11) systematic desensitization vs. flooding 12) Covert sensitization
Audience: behavioral practitioners, behavior therapists, outpatient counselors, applied behavior analysts
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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