Functional Analysis & Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders
Fundamental Methods and New Developments in the Field
A two-day workshop for professionals and parents involved in the education,
training, and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities and autism
The most significant advancement in the assessment and treatment of severe
behavior disorders over the past 30 years has been the development of functional
analysis methodology. This approach has been mandated in federal standards such
as the IDEA amendments of 2004, state guidelines, and court decisions. Results from
hundreds of studies have shown that functional analyses are invaluable in guiding
decisions about treatment selection and that intervention plans based on this
approach produce clinically significant outcomes without the necessity of using
punishment procedures. As a result, functional analysis methodology has become the
benchmark standard of best practice for assessment in the field.
Dr. Brian Iwata is the field’s foremost researcher on functional analysis methodology.
In this workshop, he will provide a comprehensive review of all the currently used
techniques and will illustrate the assessment-treatment continuum with extensive use
of handouts and case examples. The emphasis will be on translating research
findings into practical application.
DR. BRIAN A. IWATA
Brian Iwata’s work has focused on almost every behavioral aspect of developmental
disabilities, including basic skill acquisition, community preparation, eating disorders,
self-injurious and aggressive behavior, and staff performance. He has directed clinical
research programs in each of these areas and has served as an expert consultant at
the individual level as well as to the departments of health, mental health and mental
retardation in over 25 states. His approach to treatment integrates the perspectives of
the clinician, researcher, administrator and peer reviewer.
Dr. Iwata received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University and is
currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of
Florida. He previously held faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine and Western Michigan University.
His primary areas of interest are applied behavior analysis, disorders of learning and
behavior, and program development. He pioneered the development of functional
analysis approaches to assessment, which have become the standard in the field for
clinical research and practice. He has published over 250 articles and chapters on
these topics and has received numerous federal and state grants to support that work.
Dr. Iwata is the former Chief Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Chair
of the Human Development Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, and
President of the following societies: the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society
for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, Division 33 of the American Psychological
Association, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Florida
Association for Behavior Analysis. He is a fellow in the American Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Psychological Association,
the Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Association for Psychological Science.
In 2015, he received the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime
Achievement in the Application of Psychology.
Continuing Education Credits
Psychologists: Behavior Intervention Specialists, Inc. (BIS) is approved by the
American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for
psychologists. BIS maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The
program offers 11 CE credits. Partial credit can not be issued - must attend both days
per schedule listed below to receive an approved certificate. Certificates will be on
the registration table at the end of the second day. Please pick up your
certificate. This is our method of assuring that participants attend the entire
Board Certified Behavior Analysts [BCBAs/BCABAs]: BIS is a BACB approved
continuing education provider. The program offers 12 CE credits [Type 2]. Partial
credit can not be issued - must attend both days per schedule listed below to receive
an approved certificate. Certificates will be on the registration table at the end
of the second day. Please pick up your certificate. This is our method of
assuring that participants attend the entire workshop.
All other Participants will receive a general certificate of attendance.
Workshop Objectives: After the workshop, the participants will be able to:
.• Describe the key features of an environmental approach to treating problem
• Describe the most common factors responsible for the maintenance of self-injury,
aggression, stereotypy, and property destruction.
• Describe the purpose of conducting a functional analysis of problem behavior.
• Identify the defining features of indirect, descriptive, and functional analysis
approaches to assessment as well as the major strengths and limitations of each
• Conduct an assessment using indirect (rating scale and questionnaire) procedures.
• Conduct an assessment using descriptive (direct observation) analysis procedures.
• Conduct a basic functional (experimental) analysis.
• Describe practical and ethical challenges to assessment and solutions to these
• Identify three common components of all reinforcement-based approaches to
• Develop an intervention strategy for problem behavior maintained by attention or
access to preferred activities.
• Develop an intervention strategy for problem behavior maintained by escape from
• Develop an intervention strategy for problem behavior that is “self-stimulatory” in
Who Should Attend: This workshop will provide essential information for program
administrators, behavior analysts (BCABAs & BCBAs), psychologists, QMRPs, special
education staff, and supervisors of direct care providers. The procedures can be
implemented across a variety of settings – such as group homes, residential facilities,
workshops, school settings, and supervised employment sites.
Workshop Format: The format of the workshop will include lecture, gaphics,
videotape, and discussion of specific concerns shared by the audience. Case study
and other workshop materials will also be used to facilitate learning.
Brian Iwata, Ph.D.
Functional Analysis & Treatment
of Severe Behavior Disorders
dures, and daily
8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 4:00
8:00 - 8:30
8:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Indirect & Descriptive Methods
Lunch [on your own]
Functional Analysis Methods
Sign-in & Continental Breakfast
Assessment Review/Treatment Planning
Lunch [on your own]
Treatment Planning [continued]