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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W13
CE Offered: BACB — 
Conducting and Supervising Functional Behavior Assessment and Functional Analysis Across Environments
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joanne Sgambati, Ph.D.
ERIN SPARACIO-ARCHIBALD (Eden II/ Genesis Programs), JILLIAN BRACCOLINO (Eden ll/ Genesis Programs), JOANNE SGAMBATI (Eden II/Genesis Programs), JAMES CORRIGAN (Eden ll/Geneisi Programs), KATHLEEN ROTAN (Eden ll/ Genesis Programs)
Description: This workshop will address the supervision of the methodology of functional behavior assessments and the empirical approach to a functional analysis across various environments. The basic components of a functional analysis can be adapted across environments to facilitate the assessment of maladaptive behaviors. The components of a functional behavior assessment, such as parent and care caregiver interviews, direct and indirect observations, questionnaires, and anecdotal data collection will be reviewed. Staff, students, and teachers can be supervised to acquire the necessary skills to conduct the various components of a functional analysis through effective supervision with behavioral training strategies. Best practices in supervision of staff who would be conducting assessments will be reviewed. Case studies, examples, and problem resolution will be discussed across various environments such as school settings, home environments, Day Habilitation programs, residential settings, and applied behavior analysis clinics. Implications and limitations of conducting a functional analysis outside of a clinical setting will be openly discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will have learned: The components of functional behavior assessment and the empirical approach to a functional analysis. Participants will learn ways to apply supervision strategies and skills training to staff across various environments, and learn to trouble shoot and adapt supervision strategies across different environments given various scenarios.
Activities: Specific activities will include: 1. Choosing appropriate assessment and data collection systems when conducting a functional behavior assessment and functional analysis. 2. Analyzing data through various visual displays. 3. Problem solve and create improved behavioral skills training strategies for supervised staff given various scenarios. 4. Open discussion of applied supervision issues will also be reviewed.
Audience: Psychologists, Special Educators, Social Workers, Speech Pathologists, and Behavior Analysts.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Functional Analysis, Functional Assessment, Supervision



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