Implementing Brief Functional Analysis within Clinical Practice

Implementing Brief Functional Analysis within Clinical Practice 

While research has shown that functional analysis is effective, many behavior analysts have been slow to adopt it as a standard practice. This could be due to perceptions that the functional analysis process is lengthy, difficult and in some cases, dangerous. This course will address how brief functional analyses can be used to identify behavioral function safely and efficiently. 


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-IBFACP
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Explain the rationale for the use of brief functional analysis.
Explain how to apply brief functional analyses for different behavioral issues.
Describe various iterations of brief functional analysis.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: What is Brief Functional Analysis

The Introduction of Functional Analysis

Functional Analysis v. Functional Assessment

Gold Standard vs. Standard Practice?

Perceived Barriers

A Better Way

Brief Functional Analyses

Possible Drawbacks to Brief Functional Analysis

Sorting Out the Research



Section 3: Applications of Brief Functional Analysis

Practical Reasons for Brief Functional Analysis

A General Framework for Brief Functional Analysis

An Analysis of Elopement

Behaviors Maintained by Automatic Reinforcement



Section 4: Iterations of Brief Functional Analysis

Individualizing the AnalysisNeed a Page Heading

Trial-Based Functional Analysis

Latency-Based Functional Analysis

Interview-Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis (IISCA)

Identifying Precursor Behaviors



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Behavioral Analyst; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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