Week 2 - Book Notes - Chapters 20,21,24

Week 2 - Book Notes - Chapters 20,21,24 - Week 2 Book Notes...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 2 Book Notes Chapters 20,21, 24 CHAPTER 21 Behavioral Assessment: Initial Considerations Behavioral Assessment:- The collection and analysis of information and data in order to identify and describe target behaviors, identify possible causes of behavior, select appropriate treatment strategies to modify behavior and to evaluate treatment outcome. Minimal phases of A Program- A successful BMOD program typically contains 4 phases in which the target behavior is identified, defined and recorded. o A screening or in-take phase, baseline, treatment, follow up- Screening/ intake phase o Intake is the initial interactions between client and practitioner (usually u complete a intake form also) (intake form has general questions..name, DOB etc) o 5 functions of intake phase Determine whether a BMODer or a particular agency is appropriate to deal with a potential clients behavior Inform client of policies and procedures related to service Screen for the presence of a crisis condition (e.g abuse, suicide) To gather sufficient info (through interview and tests) in order to diagnose the client appropriately To provide info on which behaviors should be baseline- Baseline Phase o Bmodifier assesses the target behavior to determine its level prior to the introduction of the program or treatment, and analyzes the individual current environment to identify possible controlling variation environments to show possible controlling variables (functional assessment) of the behavior to be changed o Dependant on the importance that BMODers place on directly measuring the behavior of concern and using changes in the measure of behavior as the best indicator that the problem is being helped. Ex: kid in school- Treatment o After making a precise baseline assessment a BMODer will design a program to bring about the desired Behavioral change o 2 Different approaches The difference between the two approaches seem only to be a matter of degree Educational settings: Training or teaching program o Periodic assessment Clinical: Intervention strategy or therapy program o Various assessment The difference between the two approaches seem only to be a matter of degree o Programs typically provide frequent observation and monitoring of behavior of intrest during the program.- Follow-up o Carried out in order to det ermine if the improve m e nts achieved during the treat m are m aintained after the t ermination of the progra m. o Reliable follow up info is ne ed ed SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR BASELINE ASSESSMENT 3 Catergories- Indirect Assess m ent Procedures o Obtaining inform ation about b eh avior by m e a ns other than directly observing it- Advantag es o Convenient o Doesnt require a n inordinat e a m ount of tim e o Potentially providing inform ation about covert b eh avior (thoughts etc.)- Disadvantages o Those providing info may not remember relevant observations accurately o They may have particular biases that would influence them to provide inaccurate...
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2011 for the course PSY 310 taught by Professor . during the Spring '11 term at Grand Valley State University.

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Week 2 - Book Notes - Chapters 20,21,24 - Week 2 Book Notes...

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