When behavior treatments and modification plans are being designed, there are Functional Behavioral Assessments the trainer must administer before you will get a successful outcome. If the treatment plan is not designed to fit the trainee, you will not see any results.


Best Available Research Evidence, (Levant, 2005)

  • A balance of internal and external validity is needed.
  • It is important not to assume that treatments that have not been studied are ineffective.
  • Good practice and science calls for the testing of practices.
  • Combines scientific commitment with an emphasis on human relationships and individual differences.
  • Must address:
    • level of intervention
    • appropriateness of treatments for racial/ethnic minority and other marginalized populations
    • weighting of different methodologies

Types of Research Evidence, (Levant, 2005)

  • Clinical observation
  • Qualitative research
  • Systematic case studies
  • Single-case experimental designs
  • Effectiveness research in naturalistic settings

According to Lightner Witmer, “the pure and the applied sciences advance in a single front. What retards the progress of one, retards the progress of the other; what fosters one, fosters the other.” (Evidence-based practice in, 2006)