At NETwork Interventions we take a whole family approach. This means we take into consideration all of the needs of the family ie. The time they have, the support they have, finances, needs of the child, siblings, and parents, etc. Therefore, we often find ourselves working with not only the child, but also the parent, grandparents, neighbours, etc.
When involving so many people in a programme, we have to consider the interactions of each person on the team if we wish to collaborate successfully. For this reason, I was thrilled to attend the lecture entitled "If you can't always get what you want – Get what you need.
Introduction to Behaviour Analytic Principles of Interpersonal Influence", presented by William Follette of the University of Nevada.(http://www.unr.edu/)
Below is a summary of the presentation.
As Behaviour Analysts we have a wealth of tools available to us to bring about change in many populations. But still, interaction between consultant and consumer (consumer being considered the parents or other adults implementing services) may be the weak link in a successful programme.
We are part of the analysis which makes it difficult for us to step back and evaluate the interactions, but if you use the following tips you will be on your way to improved interactions and programming:
- All procedures used with the kids also need to be used with the parents and team. For example, using reinforcement to increase a behaviour you want to see such as data taking.
- You need to consider your stimulus properties and how that affects the consumer. Consider your age, experience, looks, and status.
- You need to be an important social reinforcer to the client. You need to be collaborative and make them feel you are working on this struggle with them.
- Support successive approximations.
- Non aversive.
- Non punitive and confrontational.