The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code states that “Behavior analysts conduct current assessments prior to making recommendations or developing behavior-change programs. The type of assessment used is determined by client’s needs and consent, environmental parameters, and other contextual variables. When behavior analysts are developing a behavior-reduction program, they must first conduct a functional assessment.” (3.01 a) and “If environmental conditions hinder implementation of the behavior-change program, behavior analysts seek to eliminate the environmental constraints, or identify in writing the obstacles to doing so.”  (4.07 b).  BCBA's practical application of ABA can be confounded by time and money.  Hanley's  2012 article, Functional Assessment of Problem Behavior: Dispelling Myths, Overcoming Implementation Obstacles, and Developing New Lore,  describes the basic tenets of the interview-informed synthesized contingencies assessment.  Reading the 18 page article and answering 16 questions with 100% accuracy will give the analyst insight into new techniques for overcoming these obstacles and implementing functional analyses.

1.5 Type 2 CEs-BACB ACE provider

Course Curriculum

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    Hanley, G. P. (2012). Functional Assessment of Problem Behavior: Dispelling Myths, Overcoming Implementation Obstacles, and Developing New Lore. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5(1), 54–72.

    • Article

    • CE Quiz

    • Evaluation/Feedback

About the instructor

Founder/Executive Director/BCBA

Christen Russell

I am the Founder and Executive Director of ABC. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, my clinical experience focuses on quality assurance, compliance, clinical support, business development and growth. I also work closely with leadership and management divisions on compliance, training and delivery of sound, ethical and effective behavioral supports to achieve client goals. I have established and assisted with the startup, and/or growth and development of four agencies providing ABA services. I have consulted with health care agencies, providing services to 100s of staff, including BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs, executive, administrative, clinical and operations staff. I am a guest lecturer at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, presenting on the principles and procedures of ABA. As an ACE coordinator, I have created over 40 continuing education events. I have provided consultation to teachers, parents, business owners and staff. I sit on a Peer Review Committee and am a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Association for Professional Behavior Analysts and the OBM Network. I am pursuing my Doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. I have my Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. With a focus on supervision, staffing, recruitment, training, strategic planning, and working in the field for over 22 years, I have a broad spectrum of clinical expertise.

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