Diving Deeper into Functional Analysis and Treatment: A Two-Part Workshop | WEBINAR

by Keira Moore, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Earn up to 4 BACB Learning CE credits! Suited for BCBAs & BCaBAs!

This two-part workshop is geared toward BCBAs who utilize or want to utilize functional assessment and treatment in their practice. Session 1 of the workshop will focus on understanding problem behavior and why it happens, understanding what functional assessment is and why it is important, and examining different types of functional analysis.
Session 2 of the workshop will focus on implementing functional assessment and treatment in your practice, with a focus on using Dr. Greg Hanley’s FA interview tool (from PFA/IISCA) to design effective assessment and treatments. Participants may attend session 1 only, or both sessions.




Session 1: 

  • Understanding problem behavior (what is it, why does it happen, why is it more prevalent in individuals with autism)
  • History of assessment and treatment of problem behavior in the field of behavior analysis
    • Moving from behavior modification to functional analysis and treatment
  • Different types of functional assessment and analysis
    • Understanding terminology
    • Models of functional analysis (e.g., “standard” analysis, PFA/IISCA, trial based, latency, etc.)
  • Who should have functional analysis
    • How to decide when to use functional analysis
    • Is functional analysis safe?


Session 2 (ONLY available to those who attend Session 1): 

  • Assessment process- how do we do it
    • Early stages: observation, record review, consent
    • Using Hanley’s FA interview tool
    • Writing assessment protocol
    • Running a functional analysis
    • Interpreting results
  • Function-based treatment
    • Writing treatment protocol based on assessment results
    • General treatment considerations and design
    • Implementing treatment
    • Assessing treatment results
    • Generalizing treatment gains 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this series, participants will be able to accurately: 

Session 1: 

  1. Describe the relation between problem behavior and mands
  2.  Explain why individuals with autism tend to engage in higher rates of problem behavior than typically-developing peers
  3. Explain the difference between behavior modification and function-based treatment
  4. Give examples of treatments that rely on behavior modification and treatments that are function-based
  5. Identify and describe at least 3 different types of functional analyses and explain when it would be appropriate to use each type
  6.  Describe when it is appropriate to use a functional analysis with a client
  7.  Counter the argument that functional assessment is not a safe process 


Session 2 (ONLY available to those who attend Session 1): 

  1. Explain the general process of functional assessment from initial observation to determining the function of a behavior
  2. Be familiar with Hanley’s functional assessment interview tool to inform analysis conditions
  3. Design a functional analysis for a hypothetical client
  4.  Interpret functional analysis results
  5.  Utilize functional analysis results to inform treatment design
  6.  Explain the essential parts of function-based treatment
  7.  Interpret function-based treatment results to determine whether treatment is effective
  8. Describe at least 2 strategies for generalizing function based treatment gains 




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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. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391818


Hanley GP, Jin CS, Vanselow NR, Hanratty LA. Producing meaningful improvements in problem behavior of children with autism via synthesized analyses and treatments. J Appl Behav Anal. 2014;47(1):16-36. doi:10.1002/jaba.106


Iwata, Brian & Dorsey, Michael & Slifer, Keith & Bauman, K.E. & Richman, Gina. (1982). Toward a functional analysis of self-injury (Reprinted). Analysis and Intervention In Developmental Disablities. 2. 3-20. 10.1016/0270-4684(82)90003-9.


Sigafoos, J., & Saggers, E. (1995). A discrete-trial approach to the functional analysis of aggressive behaviour in two boys with autism. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 20(4), 287–297.


Thomason-Sassi, J. L., Iwata, B. A., Neidert, P. L., & Roscoe, E. M. (2011). Response latency as an index of response strength during functional analyses of problem behavior. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 44(1), 51–67. https://doi.org/10.1901/jaba.2011.44-51




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You must be available at the specific date and time in order to attend and to be able to meet our attendance requirements. This event will NOT be provided afterwards as a recording! Your CE certificate will be generated upon completion of the webinar, pending your attendance is verified, and you complete a brief survey module. 

Picture of Diving Deeper into Functional Analysis and Treatment: SESSION 1 | Webinar | Seat & BACB CEs - August 21, 2020 1 pm - 3 pm ET
Diving Deeper into Functional Analysis and Treatment: SESSION 1 | Webinar | Seat & BACB CEs - August 21, 2020 1 pm - 3 pm ET
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Diving Deeper into Functional Analysis and Treatment: SESSION 2 | Webinar | Seat & BACB CEs - August 28, 2020 1 pm - 3 pm ET
[ONLY available to those who attend Session 1]