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BEHP1132: Topical v. Systemic Clinical Intervention is a Course

BEHP1132: Topical v. Systemic Clinical Intervention

Time limit: 60 days
2.5 credits

$32.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Credit: 2.5 Learning BACB CEs 

T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D.

Course Description: Approaches to clinical Intervention involve reducing a disturbing pattern (DP) or increasing a target pattern, with regimens that feature self-monitoring, feedback, reward or punishment (as one of several topical approaches). Another approach involves resolving consequential matrices or building new patterns that resolve the matrices so the DP is no longer required. This approach is considered systemic. Both the described topical and systemic approaches are presented with case studies and are not mutually exclusive.


  • Define consequential contingency.
  • Describe the consequential and alternative contingency elements in contingency packages.
  • Understand contingency management and functional analysis.
  • Understand constructional and pathological approaches.
  • Know the four main components of a constructional intervention.
  • Understand the relation between the constructional interview, case presentation guide, program worksheets, and logs.
  • Explain why the recurrence of disturbing behavior may occur.
  • Distinguish between linear and nonlinear contingency analysis.

Keywords: Intervention, disturbing pattern (DP), self-monitoring, topical approach, systemic approach, consequential matrix, target patterns, covert stimuli, contingency management, constructional approach, anxiety, agoraphobia, emotion

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs with background knowledge of the concepts and principles of behavior analysis.            

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration



Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (type-2) on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again. 


For more information, to request an extension, or if you experience problems when registering, please email us at

Important note:  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.

Refund Policy

Refunds are not provided once a course has been accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)