Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Symposium #48
CE Offered: BACB
Functional Behavior Analysis in the Clinic and School Setting
Saturday, May 24, 2008
2:30 PM–3:50 PM
Boulevard A
Area: CBM/TPC; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Halina Dziewolska (Private Practice/Behavior Analyst Online)
Discussant: Peter Sturmey (Queens College, City University of New York)
CE Instructor: Halina Dziewolska, M.Ed.

Functional Analysis has much to offer in clinical settings. This symposium looks at several applications of behavioral principles to those with mental health conditions.

Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment: Progress, Problems and Prospects for Solutions in Psychopathology.
PETER STURMEY (Queens College, City University of New York)
Abstract: Behavior analysis has been interested in psychopathological behavior since the 1940’s. Dollard and Miller, Keller and Schoenfeld and Skinner among others translated psychoanalytic ideas into behavioral concepts and suggested that skills-building approaches and self-regulation were preferred interventions. Early empirical work focused on a variety of forms of psychopathological behavior including psychotic behavior, stuttering, behavioral issues related to developmental disabilities and gerontology. Since the 1960’s behavior analysis has developed a conceptual framework and technology of functional and descriptive analyses which is most advanced in developmental disabilities. Behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy have overshadowed these developments in depressed and fearful behavior. Behavior analysts are now applying this technology to a wider array of forms of psychopathological behavior, for example people with traumatic brain damage, people who gamble problematically and children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ABA continues to have relatively little influence in the treatment of depressed and anxious behavior and behavioral interventions for some forms of psychopathology remains incomplete. Teaching clients self-regulation skills and new technologies to measure telemetrically may be ways in which ABA can begin to address some of these areas.
Functional Analysis of Depression in a Clinical Outpatient Setting.
CRISTAL E. WEEKS (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Jonathan W. Kanter (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Abstract: This presentation will entail a conceptual evaluation of the theory and techniques of functional and descriptive analyses as implemented in a clinical outpatient setting. Specifically, the discussion will focus on assessment of clients presenting with depressive behaviors. The presentation will include a review of the difficulties inherent in utilizing client self-report to determine functional hypotheses, essential techniques for individuals who have developed a complex repertoire of verbal behavior, and the subtleties necessary for a more sophisticated population. Implications for treatment will also be discussed.
A Function Based Behavior Diagnostic System.
KEVEN M. SCHOCK (R Plus/Pennhurst)
Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of a function-based diagnostic system for target behaviors and replacement behaviors. This presentation will describe the utility of this system both for new behavior analysts, in developing effective interventions and for experienced behavior analysts in dealing with difficult cases such as those frequently encountered when assisting people with problems of mental illness.



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