Single System Paper

691 Words Sep 10th, 2012 3 Pages
Single-System Design Thought Paper University of Maryland, Baltimore Kimberly T. Washington
In implementing behavioral modification techniques, setting clear goals, and charting data for outcomes is critical (Martin and Pear, 2007). Due to the diversity of practice subjects, and settings, as well as environmental factors, application and data collection of many types of interventions must be adaptable as well as effective (Marchant, M., Renshaw, T., & Young, E., 2006). In an effort to apply evidence-based inventions to practice, different research tools have been designed over the years in order to gain accurate and detailed information about intervention outcomes (Marchant, M., Renshaw, T., & Young,
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Consequently, gaining informed consent from some mandated clients might present complications. For instance, the clients may be concerned about admitting to behaviors such as substance use, if it makes them non-compliant to the courts or agency rules. Furthermore, adult clients with mental health issues may not have the adequate insight required to engage in single system design approach. Returning data in a timely fashion can be problematic for these individuals who may suffer with memory deficits. In addition, implementing single-system design research into practice requires multiple measures of behavior, responses, and adjustments to intervention (Alberto, P., & Troutman, A. 2006). Most social workers in these settings are challenged with more clients than time to allocate to each client. Requiring strict record keeping outlined in single system design may be time prohibitive in agencies. Martin and Pear suggest that written contracts can be effective in clearly outlining the desired behavior (2007). The information obtained from the adult client is usually self-reported in many of these cases, which could present accuracy problems if the client does not represent each response as it happens. Finally, single system design outcomes do not necessarily have generality to the greater population of any given agency (Alberto, P., &

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