Behavioral Classification System for Problem Behaviors in Schools

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Behavioral Classification System for Problem Behaviors in Schools

SKU# 9780826173416

A Diagnostic Manual

Author: Ennio Cipani PhD, Alessandra Cipani MA



This diagnostic manual provides a uniform and unique function-based classification system for categorizing problem behaviors in schools. Written by the author of the bestselling textbook on functional behavioral assessment (FBA), the Cipani Behavioral Classification System (BCS) contained in this manual provides an invaluable alternative to the idiosyncratic descriptions of problem behavior functions currently employed in FBA reports. Instead, it provides school personnel a standardized classification system for selecting the hypothesized function of problem behaviors. For each of 13 distinct functions in the Cipani BCS, there is a general description, explanation, and illustrative example of the category.

Behavioral Classification System for Problem Behaviors in Schools contains:

  • A comprehensive delineation of the 13 categories in the Cipani Behavioral Classification System (BCS) for classifying the function of problem behaviors in schools, providing a standardized mechanism for diagnosing the function of problem behavior for FBAs
  • A straightforward path from diagnostic category to the selection of effective functional treatments
  • Practice cases to facilitate user’s understanding of how to diagnose the function and its respective classification category
  • Examples of validation test procedures for specific functions along with hypothetical data
  • Sample written material for FBA reports and IEPs that serve as models for readers when doing similar exercises
  • A model for writing FBAs in a more precise way with respect to the motivational condition "driving" the function.
  • Instructor's resources including test material, Power Point Slides, and a student certificate of competence are available to qualified adopters.

Ideal as a supplement in school psychology and special education courses, school psychologists and other personnel who conduct FBAs will also appreciate this book's unique classification system, especially when conducting assessment activities and report writing.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 28, 2017
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826173416

About The Author(s) 

Ennio Cipani, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in California since 1983. He has been doing in-home and in-school behavioral consultation for children with problem behaviors for four decades. Dr. Cipani has published numerous articles, chapters, books, and software in the areas of child behavior management and parent and teacher behavioral consultation. He co-authored Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 2nd Edition (Springer Publishing, 2010).

Alessandra Cipani, M.S. is a fourth-year school psychology doctoral student at University of California-Riverside. She has presented at the National Association of School Psychologists as well as the California state association conference. She co-authored the assessment instrument (encompassing 50 social skills for elementary- aged students) for the Teach Town Social Skills Assessment program.

Table of Contents 

    Table of Contents
  • Authors Biographies
  • For Faculty Instructors
  • Preface
  • Cipani Behavioral Classification System (BCS) Categories
  • Essential Terms to Know
    Section I: Diagnostic Manual
  • 1.0 Direct Access (DA) Functions
  • 1.1 DA- Immediate sensory stimuli
  • 1.2 DA- Tangible reinforcers
  • 2.0 Socially Mediated Access (SMA) Functions
  • 2.1 SMA- Adult attention
  • 2.2 SMA- Peer attention
  • 2.3 SMA- Tangible reinforcers
  • 3.0 Direct Escape (DE) Functions
  • 3.1 DE- Unpleasant social situations
  • 3.2 DE- Lengthy tasks/chores/assignments
  • 3.3 DE- Difficult tasks/chores/assignments
  • 3.4 DE- Aversive physical stimuli/event
  • 4.0 Socially Mediated Escape (SME) functions
  • 4.1 SME- Unpleasant social situations
  • 4.2 SME- Lengthy tasks/chores/assignments
  • 4.3 SME- Difficult tasks/chores/assignments
  • 4.4 SME- Aversive physical stimuli/event
    Section II: Practice Case Illustrations References
  • Appendix A: Hypothetical Examples of Trigger Analysis
  • Appendix B: Report Format for FBAs