Conducting efficient but effective functional analyses in public schools: An interactive training in trial-based functional analysis
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:00 am-1:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Sarah E. Bloom, PhD, BCBA-D
10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes
Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II credit hours
Certified Counselors: Does not qualify for continuing education credit hours
Social Workers: Does not qualify
Psychologists: 3 Continuing Education Hours
Functional analyses are commonly used to determine the function of problem behavior. They involve the direct manipulation of various environmental variables to determine their influence on problem behavior in order to direct treatment development. Although research supports the use of functional analyses, they may not always be feasible in all settings (e.g., schools) due to limited resources, primarily access to controlled environments. The trial-based functional analysis (Bloom, Iwata, Fritz, Roscoe, & Carreau, 2011) was developed to allow teachers to participate in conducting functional analysis in their classrooms, with brief assessment trials embedded into ongoing activities. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the trial-based functional analysis, exploring its strengths and weaknesses and identifying conditions under which it is appropriate for use. Participants will learn how to conduct trial-based functional analyses, and how to collect, graph and analyze data. Participants will view video clips of trial-based FAs and role-play different trial-types as well as practice data collection, graphing, and analysis skills. Participants will receive trial-based FA procedures description handouts as well as blank data sheets and graphs. It is recommended that participants have an intermediate knowledge level, and have some experience with functional analysis to receive maximum benefit from the workshop.
1. Participants will be able to describe the conditions under which a trial-based FA is and is not appropriate.
2. Participants will be able to conduct FA trials.
3. Participants will be able to collect, graph, and analyze trial-based FA data.
4. Participants will be able to discuss strategies for successfully using trial- based FA in school settings.
Presenter Disclosure Statement: The presenter receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC.
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