Enhance Functional Behavior Practices By Using Concurrent Operants Assessments

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In this webinar, Jennifer Kuhle, PhD, BCBA-D and Sarah Bergthold, PhD, BCBA explain how to conduct a concurrent operants assessment (COA). A COA is used to identify what motivates and maintains the child’s appropriate behavior, and it also helps the team develop interventions to increase desired behaviors. They provide step-by-step procedures and share data collection resources to conduct a COA. They help attendees visualize this by showing videos of how to conduct a COA on a student from start to finish. Towards the end of the presentation, they review what interventions to recommend based on the results of the COA. Please note that the examples provided in this webinar are geared towards students in early childhood and elementary school. Overall, this is a practical webinar for school psychologists to learn new ways to improve student behavior in the classroom setting.  Released in March of 2023, this individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domains 2 and 4 of the NASP Practice Model. Schoolpsych.com’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1-hour webinar will receive 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the conceptual framework and the rationale for using a concurrent operants assessment (COA) 
  • Understand the step-by-step procedures required to conduct a COA
  • Receive the data collection tools necessary to conduct a COA independently
  • Review data analysis and connect assessment results to intervention.

Speaker Bios:

Sarah S. Bergthold, Ph.D., BCBA is a Behavior Consultant at Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA) in Bettendorf, Iowa. She received her Ph.D. from Illinois State University in 2010 in School Psychology.  After graduating, she worked as a School Psychologist for 9 years in the Davenport Community School District in Davenport, IA prior to her current position and obtaining her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2014.  She leads a multidisciplinary team of behavior consultants, providing Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) services to 21 school districts.  In 2015, she developed and still continues to manage a behavior clinic to increase and ensure access to ABA services for all students across the 21 districts they serve.  Additionally, she provides ABA training to MBAEA support staff, as well as district teachers, para educators, school counselors, instructional coaches, and administrators to increase and build capacity of behavioral knowledge and practices across the districts.  Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of comorbid mental health and challenging behavior of students in the school setting, as well as, the social validity of using experimental analysis for students with challenging behavior within the educational environment. 

Jennifer Kuhle, PhD, BCBA-D is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). She is a licensed psychologist and certified health service provider. Dr. Kuhle is a member of the interdisciplinary Intellectual Disability-Mental Illness team and provides outpatient behavioral therapy to children and adolescents. She has a particular interest in parent training. Prior to this position, Dr. Kuhle was a school psychologist for 9 years at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency where she was a member of the Challenging Behavior Team and supported teachers and schools in the development and implementation of behavior plans. 

Attendee Feedback:

“This was so clear and consequently, it will be easy for me to implement. I loved the visuals, the step by step processes and rubrics, the examples in video form, and copies of all the needed documents. It will be so easy to implement this because you have provided a great foundation. I will use this a lot. This was really well done. Thank you for providing it!!” – Devon

“The presentation was very detailed in explaining the COA, and I liked the example videos used to describe the choices.” – Dina

“Very interesting to learn a new technique I was not familiar with before.” -Emily

“Brand new information–I can think of scenarios I might use this. Good tools” – Jessica

“The videos were great and helped me visualize how I would implement the procedures.” – Jessica

“Very informative with extremely clear examples” – Kayla

”I thought the presentation was very organized and straightforward. I really appreciated them utilizing the video to explain the COA and stopping to explain each choice.” -Natalie

“I liked the demonstration videos.” – Misty

Latoya’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Saul’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Tracy’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Elaine’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

Greg’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

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