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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Designing Ethical and Effective Behavior Plans Through Formal Case Formulation
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
W184d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: DDA/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Isaac Bermudez, M.S.
ISAAC BERMUDEZ (Love 2 Learn Consulting LLC), JOSE D. RIOS (Private Practice), DOUGLAS P. BEATTY (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), KRISTINE DICKSON (Inclusive Education & Community Partnership)
Description: Despite growth in functional assessment and behavior intervention programming, too often there are errors made that lead to ineffective treatment plans. A recommended process to identify potential errors is a formal case formulation. Clinical case formulation involves the summarization and integration of assessment data and related client information for the purpose of selecting interventions. The information gathered during the functional assessment process is used to build effective intervention strategies, strategies that are logically related to the purported function of the behaviors being targeted. In this workshop, we will discuss case formulation, from the beginning stages of assessment, to data reconciliation, through treatment selection. In addition, we will provide participants with a structure for conducting case formulation meetings. Participants will also get an opportunity to critique behavior plans as they would during a formal case formulation meeting. Finally, this workshop will culminate in a discussion of other factors that will affect and impede treatment implementation.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe the important role of functional assessment in selecting logically related treatment plans; (2) discuss considerations when stating the function of behavior; (3) explain how to reconcile the assessment information learned from indirect assessment, direct assessment, and functional analysis; (4) describe research-based behavioral interventions that are logically related to the function of the problem behavior; and (5) analyze the role of the mediator in the implementation of behavior intervention plans.
Activities: This workshop will offer didactic instruction, slide presentation, and an exercise. In addition, this workshop will provide participants with handouts to further their education in the topic.
Audience: BCBAs, supervising practitioners, licensed psychologists and related professionals, graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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