Functional Analysis & Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders
Methods for Clinicians and Educators
A two-day workshop for individuals involved in the education, training and treatment
of persons with mental retardation, autism and other developmental disabilities
The most significant advancement in the assessment of severe behavior dis-
orders over the past 20 years has been the development of functional analysis
methodology. This approach has been mandated in a number of federal standards,
state guidelines, court decisions, and most recently in IDEA amendments of 2004.
Extensive research has shown that functional analysis is invaluable in guiding
decisions about treatment selection and can produce clinically significant outcomes
without the necessity of using punishment procedures.
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 develop-
mental disabilities, including basic skills 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 evaluator at the individual level as well as consultant to the departments of
health, mental health, and developmental disabilities in over 25 states. His approach
to treatment based on these experiences 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 Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida. He
previously held faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and
Western Michigan University.
His primary areas of interest are applied behavior analysis, behavioral pediatrics,
developmental disabilities, program evaluation, and staff management. He has
published over 240 articles and chapters on these topics, and he has received over
$7 million in research 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,
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 Psychological
Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Psychological
Science, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
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.
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.
All other Participants will receive a general certificate of attendance.
Workshop Objectives: After the workshop, the participants will be able to:
Describe the purpose of conducting a functional analysis of problem behavior.
Describe the most common factors responsible for the maintenance of self-injury,
aggression, stereotypy, and destructive behavior.
Prescribe methods for protection from risk during assessment.
Identify the defining features of indirect, descriptive, and functional analysis
approaches to assessment.
Describe the major strengths and limitations of each general approach to
Conduct an assessment using indirect (rating scale and questionnaire) procedures.
Conduct an assessment using descriptive ( direct observation) analysis
Describe how to conduct an assessment using functional analysis procedures.
Identify three ways in which reinforcement-based interventions reduce the
frequency of problem behavior.
Develop a treatment strategy for problem behavior maintained by attention or
access to preferred activities.
Develop a treatment strategy for problem behavior maintained by escape from
Develop a treatment strategy for problem behavior that is "self-stimulatory" in
Develop a treatment strategy for problem behavior maintained by alleviation of
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, graphics,
videotape, and discussion of specific concerns shared by the audience. Case study
and other workshop materials will be used to facilitate audience participation in
development of treatment plans.
Brian Iwata, Ph.D.
Functional Analysis & Treatment
of Severe Behavior Disorders
registration fees, and
8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 12:00
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]