Whether written by a school psychologist, BCBA, or skilled practitioner of any variety, all behavior intervention plans face the same difficulty—the writer and implementer are not the same person. Too frequently, successful BIPs are discounted and discarded by those responsible for implementation. Many BIPs are simply filed, rather than followed. Without additional burden to time-constrained professionals, this book addresses how to effectively and efficiently increase implementation fidelity. Using a systems analysis approach to school climate, interwoven with ample case studies, school psychologists will be guided through eleven chapters of a step-by-step process to effectively create and implement behavior intervention plans.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: I can’t, I won’t, we don’t: School Culture and Change
Chapter 3: Step 1: Decide What the School Wants
Chapter 4: Step 2: Validate
Chapter 5: Step 3: Identify the Problem
Chapter 6: Step 4: Get a Thorough Background
Chapter 7: Step 5: Get Dirty
Chapter 8: Step 6: Write it Down
Chapter 9: Step 7: Present Your Plan
Chapter 10: Step 8: Make Experts
Chapter 11: Optional Steps
Chapter 12: Summing it Up
Curt Johnson, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, works as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for Calallen ISD in Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2010 with an Ed.S. in school psychology. He has been recognized by NASP as a Henkin Scholar for his published research in relational aggression in adolescents (Journal of School Violence). He first acquired a love for treating difficult behaviors during his eight years as a counselor at Heritage Residential Treatment, and credits his time as a Lead Psychologist for Provo School District for m any of the skills he has developed (www.curtjohnsonNCSP.com).
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From start to finish, this book contains the type of information that is absolutely critical to successfully intervening with students’ challenging behaviors. Mismanaged students’ behavior is a teacher’s Achilles heel, leading to burnout and a premature exodus from the profession. This book is more than a checklist menu of steps for creating a BIP. This book is full of gems, insights, and spot-on irreverent details—the underbelly of every school. Johnson’s interesting and creative, quirky storytelling drew me in and I absolutely could not put the book down. This book is one of a kind and I highly recommend it to every professional who develops behavior intervention plans. I plan on using this book as required reading for my school-based consultation class.
- Melissa A. Heath, PhD, NCSP, Professor, BYU School Psychology Program