1st Edition

Managing Challenging Behaviour Following Acquired Brain Injury Assessment, Intervention and Measuring Outcomes

Edited By Nick Alderman, Andrew Worthington Copyright 2024
    232 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This empirically based book provides conceptual knowledge and practical advice to enable clinicians to implement evidence-based methods drawn from learning theory for managing the catastrophic effects of challenging behaviour as an enduring outcome of acquired brain injury (ABI).

    Based on a conceptual framework of neurobehavioural disability, the book takes a holistic case formulation approach, incorporating functional assessment procedures arising from the operant learning tradition that underpins the design of treatment interventions. It bridges the knowledge gap in uniquely providing a single resource to enable practitioners to implement evidence-based methods to better manage ABI behaviour disorders. The authors, who are leading experts in the field, have described a model of intervention based on a functional analytic approach to understanding behaviour within an operant learning framework. The chapters provide a step-by-step approach to assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation of behaviour support plans, and feature examples for specific challenging behaviours in a variety of different contexts. The book is organised to support the use of this model through expert contributions concerning the origins of challenging behaviour, assessment methods and formulation, and interventions.

    The practical orientation of this book makes it an indispensable read for neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists and other rehabilitation specialists involved in the care of people with ABI as well as researchers in these fields.

    Section 1: Origins of challenging behaviour

    Chapter 1: Outcomes from acquired brain injury: prevalence and impact of challenging behaviour

    Nick Alderman and Andrew Worthington

    Chapter 2: The intervention model: frameworks, principles, and practice

    Nick Alderman

    Chapter 3: A legal framework for the management of challenging behaviour

    Darren Smith and Andrew Worthington

    Section 2: Assessment and formulation: general principles and methods

    Chapter 4: Assessment of behavioural risk in acquired brain injury

    Paul Mooney

    Chapter 5: Determining the cause: recording behaviour using direct observation methods

    Nick Alderman

    Section 3: Intervention

    Chapter 6: Neurobehavioural rehabilitation and application of new learning methods

    Andrew Worthington and Nick Alderman

    Chapter 7: Behaviour support in the context of neurobehavioural rehabilitation

    Paul Mooney, Jenny Brooks and Niall Diggin

    Chapter 8: Management of aggression after acquired brain injury

    Nick Alderman

    Chapter 9: What can behavioural interventions contribute to rehabilitation for inappropriate sexual behaviour post-acquired brain injury?

    Caroline Knight

    Chapter 10: Managing behaviours that challenge in acute care settings

    Alistair Teager and Abigail Methley

    Chapter 11: The clinical realities of delivering neurobehavioural rehabilitation in the community

    Jenny Brooks and Clark Gilkes

    Chapter 12: Managing behaviour in functional neurological disorders

    Andrew Worthington, Abigail Methley and Alistair Teager


    Nick Alderman is Senior Clinical Director, Head of Psychology and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Elysium Neurological Services, Elysium Healthcare, UK, and Honorary Professor at Swansea University, UK. He is acknowledged as an expert in neurobehavioural rehabilitation, having accrued over four decades' experience in this field. He has combined successful careers in both clinical and academic psychology, and has a proven track record in treatment innovation, service development, leadership, research and teaching. Research interests include the role of executive function impairment in challenging behaviour and the development of bespoke outcome and other measurement instruments for use in neurorehabilitation.

    Andrew Worthington is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Swansea University and has been a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist for over 30 years. He is the director of Headwise, an independent practice for children and adults with brain injury, and is an expert in neurorehabilitation. He has lectured and published widely in the field across a range of neuropsychological conditions and has a particular clinical interest in the management of executive and behaviour disorders.