In this unit you will read Chapter 2 (pp. 14–40) of the O’Neill (2015) text and Chapter 11 (pp. 182–190) of the Fisher, Piazza, and Roanne (2011).

In addition to the chapters in your texts, please read the following articles
-Miltenberger, R. G., & Fuqua, R. W. (1985). Evaluation of a training manual for the acquisition of behavioral assessment interviewing skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 18, 323–328.

-McIntosh, K., Borgmeier, C., Anderson, C. M., Horner, R. H., Rodriguez, B. J., & Tobin, T. J. (2008). Technical adequacy of the functional assessment checklist: Teachers and staff (FACTS) FBA interview measure. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 10, 33–45.

Behavioral interviews are the first step in identifying a referral question at the onset of the functional behavior assessment (FBA) process. Describe the various components of a behavioral interview such as the functional assessment interview (FAI) discussed in the O’Neill (2015) text. Next, discuss the framework presented by McIntosh et al. (2008) for assessing the reliability and validity of behavioral interviews.

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The functional assessment interview (FAI)

The functional assessment interview (FAI) is an interviewing method with a purpose of collecting information about events that influence problem behavior (O’Neill et al., 2015). It helps with identifying variables such as events, settings and activities that can be targeted through systematic manipulation strategies or direct observation (O’Neill et al., 2015). The FAI consists of various components grouped into 11 sections. The first section is related to description of the undesirable behaviors in a clear way (O’Neill et al., 2015). The second section is related to ecological and setting events, and all aspects of individual’s daily routine that contribute to problem behavior by modifying the probability of its...

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