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Clinical Contexts For Functional Behavior Assessments

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Hello,
I need assistance in a project based on literature by Mark W. Steege and T. Steuart Watson "Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments", Second Edition (Readings up to Intellectual, Achievement and Aptitude Assessment in the book).

Please review the following clinical contexts and case studies:

1. Psychologist in Private Practice:

Client #1: 28 year old, married, father of a 2 year old and a 6 month old infant

Chief Complaint: "I just can't seem to be happy with anything anymore. I'm miserable and I'm making everybody around me miserable."

Client #2: 41 year old, recently divorced female with no children and high school education

Chief Complaint: "No matter what I do, I cannot relax, I am always stressing out about something. I feel like I'm going crazy."

2. School Psychologist

Client #1: 7-year-old second-grader from intact family that recently moved into the school district

Referral Problems: academic difficulties related to reading and writing, social difficulties with peers

Client #2: 17 -year-old high school student

Referral Problems: failing grades, refused to follow course sequences, considering dropping out

In essay format, respond to the following:

1.Identify specific historical and contextual considerations for the clients listed and how that would impact a plan for assessment.

2.Discuss specific ethical concerns related to the assessment process for the clients listed.

3.Detail specifics of an initial interview for just one of the clients listed above.

4.Choose one of the clients listed above and outline a plan of assessment. List what specific types of assessments would be most appropriate and describe why they are necessary.

The project will require me to write 1800 words minimum, can include outside (reliable) sources and has to be in APA Format.

I hope you can guide me.
Thank you.

S.

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1. Psychologist in Private Practice:
Client #1: 28 year old, married, father of a 2 year old and a 6 month old infant
Chief Complaint: "I just can't seem to be happy with anything anymore. I'm miserable and I'm making everybody around me miserable."

FBA is a problem solving method that looks beyond on-the-surface problematic behaviors presented by a given client.

1. Functional Behavioral Assessment of this case would warrant looking at client's core beliefs, and root cause factors of behind his thoughts of despair and self-loathing and guilt for making everyone around him feel miserable.
2. Under which conditions does the client behave this way?
3. Emerges when alone by one's self, to meet some tangible demand, or for seeking attention?
4. Physiological factors, Antecedents: event setting based factors (environmental context)
5. Consequences of the behaviors (what does the client gain from behaving or thinking or feeling the way they do.)
6. Is the behavior caused due to following reason: sensory, escape, attention seeking or a tangible?
7. Dimensions of the problematic behavior are looked at from frequency and severity points of views.
8. Presence of social influences and social reinforcement for the behavior of the client
9. Non-social or automatic responses related to the stress that the client feels being a young dad of two children, a toddler and an infant.
10. Alternative or replacement behaviors (in the case of the present client, changing ...

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This solution of 893 words outlines steps to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and conducts an analysis for multiple case studies and clinical contexts.

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1. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library where a functional behavioral assessment was conducted:
Alter, P.J., Conroy, M.A., Mancil, G.R., & Haydon, T. (2008) A comparison of functional behavior assessment methodologies with young children: Descriptive methods and functional analysis. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17, 200-219.
Describe and identify the specific assessment measures that were used in the study. Why were these particular assessment measures used in the study you selected? Describe the findings of the functional behavioral analysis. What specific assessment measures could you add or remove? Why?

2. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library that evaluates an indirect method of assessment:
Caregivers' Agreement and Validity of Indirect Functional Analysis: A Cross Cultural Evaluation Across Multiple Problem Behavior Topographies; Viues-Ortega et al., J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41:82-91
Discuss the pros and cons of the measure in terms of accuracy and reliability. Select another type of indirect method (structured interview, checklists, rating scale, questionnaire, etc.) and discuss for what purpose that assessment could be used.

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