Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Changing Thoughts, Feelings, & Urges
Friday, May 22, 2009
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
North 120 A
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Cherish Twigg, M.S.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Emma F. Douglas (The Treehouse Trust)
Description: Inner behaviors—thoughts, feelings, and urges—are observable, countable, and changeable. The main emphasis in this workshop is to develop a plan to change the inner behavior of the participant and/or one’s clients. Participants will develop this plan based on research using Behavior Analysis and Precision Teaching principles and practices to observe, count, and change the targeted inner behavior. The workshop also gives a brief review of the history of private events, inner behavior, and some of the research.
Learning Objectives: • Develop a realistic and concise plan to change an inner behavior of self or clients. • Review the background and research for counting inner behaviors. • Define and identify thoughts, feelings, and urges. • Practice inner behavior written timings. • Count and record some identified, specific inner behaviors.
Activities: The primary emphasis is to develop a written plan to help clients identify, list, count, record, and change inner behaviors under the supervision of the person attending. Some minimal lecture about the technique, its successes, and the literature will also be presented.
Audience: This workshop is designed for psychologists, clinical behavior analysts, and teachers of regular, learning disabled, and behavior problem students. Parents with skills in behavior analysis may also benefit from the workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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