ERIC Number: ED156983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
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Evaluation of a Behavioral Assessment Training Program for Paraprofessional Staff of a Diagnostic Center.
Johnson, Judy J.; Everett, Frances L.
This study focused on a program which was designed and implemented to incorporate paraprofessional "dorm counselors," who provided direct supervision of the adolescents in the residential center, into the diagnostic process. A Behavioral Assessment Training Program was designed to focus on three specific components of behavioral assessment: (1) Observing, Specifying, and Measuring Behavior; (2) Interviewing (Asking Useful Questions); and (3) Report Writing (Conveying Useful Information). Training in these areas included didactic instruction, group discussion, modeling of appropriate skills, and rehearsal of specific behavioral assessment skills. Eleven dorm counselors were assessed on their level of behavioral assessment skills prior to (pre-testing) and immediately following (post-testing) the training program. Results showed that following the training program the dorm counselors were significantly better at observing behaviors, measuring behaviors, interviewing, and writing reports. The counselors also showed improved attitudes towards self skills and colleague skills. The training resulted in more reliable, useful information being provided by the paraprofessional dorm counselors. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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