Function-Based Interventions – 4/25/19

Function-Based Interventions

Sarah Bloom  Ph.D., BCBA-D

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, 4/25/19
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm eastern standard time

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Knowing what the function of problem behavior is can make intervention more effective and efficient, but only if you know what to do with that information. This webinar is designed to help you get from function to effective intervention. An approach to evaluating the context in which intervention will be conducted will be described. A variety of useful reinforcement-based and function-specific interventions will be described. Common treatment challenges will be discussed and adaptations to address those challenges will be described. The webinar will also include considerations for how to ensure that interventions are contextually fit, culturally relevant, person-centered, and socially valid. Strategies for avoiding punishment-based approaches as well as conditions under which punishment may be considered will be presented. Participants should have some experience with functional analysis and reinforcement-based approaches to treatment and an at least an intermediate knowledge level to receive maximum benefit from the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify several reinforcement-based interventions and will be able to match their variations to the function of problem behavior.
  • Participants will be able to discuss strategies to improve interventions effectiveness and social validity.
  • Participants will be able to address common treatment challenges.
  • Participants will be able to consider the conditions under which punishment may be appropriate and how to best avoid its use.


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists:N/A
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: N/A
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Sarah E. Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D earned her Masters and PhD with Dr. Brian Iwata at the University of Florida in 2008. She is an Associate Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis program in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral). She supervises a research lab of Master’s and Doctoral students. Her current courses include: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Ethics for Behavior Analysts, Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis, and Functional Analysis and Function-Based Approaches to Intervention. Prior to this position, she was a faculty member at Utah State University. She is a former President of the Utah Association for Behavior Analysis and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a guest reviewer at Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Education and Treatment of Children, and Journal of Early Intervention. She has over 20 articles published or in press in peer-reviewed journals, including articles on cultural and linguistic diversity in behavior analysis.  Her current research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior and improving access to behavior analysis for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.


Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Bloom has no financial relationship with companies or organizations mentioned during this event. She does not receive any royalties for any book, materials, or curricula mentioned in the event. Dr. Bloom receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC.



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