Continuing Education Workshop
Flipping Your Focus: Prioritizing Skill Building in Behavior Reduction
When clients present with behavioral excesses that interfere with their functioning and livelihood, behavior analysts typically first conduct functional assessments to determine what variables are contributing to and maintaining the behavioral excesses. We are also ethically obligated to recommend the least restrictive procedures that are still likely to be effective in targeting any behavior change. In this workshop, you’ll learn to flip your focus when analyzing functional assessment data by contextualizing those data as either performance deficits or skill deficits. This analysis will then be used to inform the design of replacement behavior training procedures, with an emphasis on teaching behaviors that 1) are ecologically and socially valid to the client, and 2) can be effectively and efficiently taught in order to minimize the need for reactive, or otherwise intrusive, procedures.