Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation

Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation

Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation

Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation

Synopsis

Comprehensive, scientifically based coverage on conducting behavioral assessments, analyzing results, and forming clinical recommendations

Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation thoroughly outlines the underlying principles of the behavioral assessment process. This book clearly explains how the principles and methods of behavioral assessment central to the formulation of functional analysis are also helpful in guiding strategies for determining interventions and measuring the processes and outcomes.

This comprehensive resource offers up-to-date answers to relevant questions of the clinical assessment process, including:

  • What is the best assessment strategy to use with a particular client?

  • Which assessment methods will best capture a client's unique strengths,limitations, behavior problems, and intervention goals?

  • How can data from multiple sources be integrated in order to yield a valid and clinically useful case formulation?

  • Which procedures should be enacted in order to insure a positive clinician-client relationship?

  • How should intervention processes and outcomes be measured and monitored?

Filled with case studies, Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation provides guidelines for the application of behavioral assessment strategies and methods that can strengthen the validity and utility of clinical judgments, as well as improve the delivery of care.

Excerpt

Clinicians face many challenges in the clinical assessment process. Several questions of particular importance arise: What is the best assessment strategy to use with a particular client? What assessment methods will best capture a client’s unique strengths, limitations, behavior problems, and intervention goals? How can data from multiple sources be integrated in order to yield a valid and clinically useful case formulation? What procedures should be enacted in order to ensure a positive clinicianclient relationship and be sensitive to the unique aspects of each client? How should intervention processes and outcomes be monitored?

Behavioral assessment is a science-based paradigm that guides the clinician as he or she faces these assessment challenges. This book outlines the underlying principles of the behavioral assessment paradigm. It also provides guidelines for the application of behavioral assessment strategies and methods that can strengthen the validity and utility of clinical judgments.

In Chapter 1, we discuss behavioral assessment within the broader contexts of clinical and psychological assessment and measurement. Although we emphasize clinical applications of behavioral assessment, the principles and methods of this paradigm are important elements of measurement in psychopathology, education, organizational psychology, cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, and other areas of inquiry that rely on behavioral data.

We often use the term intervention rather than treatment because many behavioral interventions are more broadly focused than the term treatment implies. For example, behavioral interventions can focus on changing the behavior of psychiatric staff members and teachers, strengthening the supervision and training of service providers, simplifying a home environment, or providing a support group for parents of children with disabilities.

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