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Psychotropic Medication and Problem Behavior: How Behavior Analysts can Influence Their Clients’ Medication Management Process
Primary care physicians, psychiatrists, specialists . . . OH MY! Working within the field of clinical behavior analysis includes working with clients that could be seeing multiple professionals for a variety of reasons. It is not always included in training, but it is important that behavior analysts have an understanding of the types of treatments their clients could be given from other health care professionals.
Stereotypy, repetitive behavior, and anxiety often pose a difficult puzzle for clinicians, especially with clinical research and evidence-based procedures updating at a rapid pace. In an update to his 2013 CE Course, Stereotypy: There Are No Easy Answers, Dr. Bill Ahearn reviews the significant amount of research for treating repetitive and stereotypic behaviors in a clinical, home, or school setting that has furthered our understanding of how and when to treat repetitive and stereotypic behaviors.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Psychotropic Medications: Overview and Considerations for Current Practices
Typically, the only psychotropic medication knowledge BCBA's have stems from a course they took in their graduate program or learning through their own experiences with clients. It can be difficult to assess the effects of medications on behavior if one does not know the possible common side effects to expect from certain drugs.
We worry so much about how to make the replacement behavior more functional, but you also have to make the target behavior less functional. Ennio Cipani, PhD