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; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #247
Behavioral Interventions for Individuals With Serious Mental Illness: The Often-Forgotten History of Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 24, 2020
3:30 PM–3:50 PM
Area: CBM
Chair: Michael Jon Vriesman (Eastern Michigan University)

Behavioral interventions for Individuals With Serious Mental Illness: The Often-Forgotten History of Behavior Analysis

Domain: Theory
MICHAEL JON VRIESMAN (Eastern Michigan University), Jessica Good (Eastern Michigan University), Alexandros Maragakis (Eastern Michigan University)

Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) experience behavioral excesses and skills deficits that significantly impact their daily functioning. Individuals with SMI are in high need for receiving psychological treatment, making them frequent utilizers of healthcare. Interventions for this population are commonly being implemented within prison, emergency care, and underfunded community mental health settings. Interventions in these environments can be ineffective because providers in these locations may not have appropriate training or access to sufficient resources to provide treatment to this complex population. Due to the frequent and inappropriate utilization of these systems for psychological treatment, these settings incur a high cost for individuals for SMI and the healthcare system. To address this issue, we will discuss underutilized and often forgotten behavior analytic interventions that have a history of effectively reducing behavioral excesses and providing skills training for individuals with SMI. We suggest that by revisiting these interventions and considering newly developed behavioral treatments, behavior analysis may be the solution to effectively treating this population.




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