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Implementing Effective Behavior Intervention Plans

8 Steps to Success, 1st Edition

By Curt Johnson


126 pages

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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.


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

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

About the Author

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 (

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health