Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Third Edition

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Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Third Edition

SKU# 9780826170323

A Complete System for Education and Mental Health Settings

Author: Ennio Cipani PhD



Featuring a highly interactive approach, this text is noted for its exceptionally clear and thorough coverage of how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) through various assessment methods, how to diagnose the function of problem behaviors, and how to select a behavioral intervention that addresses the diagnosed function. The development of requisite behavior-analytic skills is aided by utilizing many "real-life" and hypothetical cases that represent common scenarios in applied settings.

Highlights include:

  • Interactive approach, icons in the text alert readers to review related narrated on-line lectures highlighting FBAs and treatments and complete assignments embedded in text.
  • Numerous cases, many based on the author’s clinical experiences in working with children and adults in educational and mental health settings, provide a realistic look at applied behavior analysis.
  • Forms, interview protocols, and intervention plans illustrate the process of creating behavior plans from collected assessment data.
  • A pioneering classification system for categorizing the function of problem behavior (Cipani BCS).
  • Cases that model the process of assessment, classification, and treatment used in an FBA, allow readers to role play and develop presentation and classification skills.

New to this edition:

  • Chapter objectives and BACB Standards that match the content to be covered with objectives from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) task list help readers master some of the skills required of behavior analysts.
  • Assignments and discussion items with associated narrated Power Point lectures to further engage readers.
  • Simulation Exercises to actively involve readers in collecting data, conducting an assessment, demonstrating the use of a function, or observing how to “shape” an alternate behavior.
  • Self-Assessment exercises to help readers test their understanding of the content.
  • The Cipani EO School Behavioral Interview Rating System to help in conducting interviews.
  • The Cipani Replacement Function Classification System for determining the strength of replacement behaviors.
  • Online instructor's resources including test items tied to the chapter objectives, a conversion guide for adopters, tips for creating a course syllabus and using the discussion questions and assignments, and the chapter objectives, the BACB standards, and assignments.
  • Online student resources including narrated PowerPoints and video lectures.

An ideal text for courses in (applied) behavior analysis, behavioral or emotional assessment or management, child psychopathology, or developmental disabilities taught in school psychology, special education, behavior analysis, psychology, or social work, anyone who assesses and treats patients with challenging behaviors will also appreciate this book.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 28, 2017
  • Page Count 340
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826170323

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 Behavioral Classification System for Problem Behaviors in Schools (Springer Publishing, 2017). He has given many workshops at state and national conventions, as well as continuing education courses for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and others, focusing on the effective management of problem child behavior.

Table of Contents 

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Basic Concepts and Principles

2 Functional Behavioral Assessment of Problem Behavior

3 The Cipani Behavioral Classification System

4 Function-derived Treatment Options

5 Functional Behavioral Treatment Protocols for 2.0 SMA Target Behaviors

6 Functional Behavioral Treatment Protocols for 4.0 SME Problem Behaviors

Appendix A: Cipani EO School Behavioral Interview Form

Appendix B: Why Artie Can’t Learn



Editorial Review(s) 

""As a teaching and instructional guide, Functional Behavior Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment is a first-rate resource for students and young professionals new to the field of ABA or looking to expand their knowledge and practice competencies.""

-- James K Luiselli, EdD ABPP BCBA-D

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