Building a Foundation for Effective and Ethical Treatment of Interfering Behavior

CEUs: 2 (1 Ethics & 1 Learning) BACB®
Presenter(s): Hillary Laney and Timothy Yeager


In this presentation, Hillary Laney and Timothy Yeager will describe the literature supporting the recommended use of a functional analysis in practice for the treatment of interfering behavior. They will describe a framework for making evidence based decisions and apply that to the ethical decisions we should make surrounding functional analysis and subsequent treatment of interfering behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  • Clinicians will understand an evidence-based decision making framework
  • Clinicians will familiarize themselves with literature supporting the use of practical functional assessment
  • Clinicians will understand the limitations of functional behavioral assessments and how they inform treatment decisions
  • Clinicians will understand the ethical implications surrounding decision making with a functional analysis in practice
If you purchase this course you will earn 25 Points worth $2.50!


About Hilary Laney:

Hilary Laney is the Vice President of Functional Assessment and Treatment at Centria Autism. In her role at Centria, she is responsible for the development and oversight of foundational clinical services as they relate to the treatment of interfering behavior. Her current focus is on the scale and successful implementation of the Practical Functional Assessment and Skills-Based Treatment and Universal Protocols. She guides clinical practices which prioritize safety, dignity, effectiveness, and rapport-based treatments for challenging and interfering behaviors exhibited by clients at Centria. Hillary is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received her M. Ed from the University of Washington in 2015. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum as well as various other disabilities, specifically as it relates to the treatment of severe behavioral challenges.

Hillary has vast experience as a practitioner and deeply cares to support other practitioners in the field to provide more compassionate services to their clients. She is an administrator of an Facebook community (PFA and SBT Community: My Way to HRE) created to support practitioners in the use of the Practical Functional Assessment and Skills-Based Treatment which has 17,000 members and provides free content for members to learn and grow from one another. She has provided training modules for the Do Better Collective, presented on compassionate practices at various conferences, and has been a guest on multiple podcasts (Including the Do Better Pod) discussing strategies to support compassionate therapy.


About Timothy Yeager:

Timothy Yeager joined Centria Autism in 2020 as Vice President of Clinical Curriculum and Quality then transitioned to Chief Clinical Officer in January of 2021. In this role, he fosters an environment of clinical excellence through leadership and systems development, overseeing the patient-staff interaction from initial assessment through discharge, including professional development, clinical outcomes, and clinical decision making while aligning continuous ongoing assessment with curriculum and supports. But he isn’t above geeking out in conversations about Relational Frame Theory, the role of nonlinear contingency analysis or Interbehaviorism on Clinical Decision Making, and the effect of key developmental condition reinforcers on language development.

Timothy is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and has four teaching certificates that range from birth through 6th grade for both special and general education. He has 14 years of cross-sector experience as a former Professor of Psychology and Early Childhood Education, Executive Director of the Behavior Sciences Institute at Fresno State, and Deputy Director of Easterseals Central California. He is passionate about leveraging the science of behavior analysis and large data sets within a system that continuously measures quality and performance. Timothy is an alumnus of Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Mathematics. He holds three master’s degrees from Teachers College of Columbia University in Applied Behavior Analysis, Curriculum and Instruction, and Education and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Timothy is a father of three and currently resides in Fresno, California with his partner Tiffany and his three children, Roslyn, Atticus, and Ezra.  In his spare time, you can find him cheering on his daughter on the soccer pitch, playing with his young boys at the park, cooking a meal prepared from scratch for friends and family, or enjoying a wide range of podcasts on anything from pop-culture to whiskey tasting.

Additional information

CEU Amount


CEU Type

Learning, Ethics

Product Type

Single On-Demand


Paid, Included with Trail Blazers

Course Presenter

Hillary Laney, LBA, BCBA, Timothy Yeager


Ethics, Interfering Behavior