Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W68
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Inner Behavior: Changing Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Saturday, May 27, 2006
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: EAB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), EMMA F. COBANE (TreeHouse School)
Description: This workshop views thoughts, feelings, and urges as inner behaviors that can be observed, counted, and changed. It reviews the history of private events and inner behavior, including sharing some charts of people who have counted inner behaviors in the past 35 years. The workshop also teaches how to use the Standard Celeration Chart to count and change any inner behavior.
Learning Objectives: 1. Learn the background and become familiar with the research on observing and changing inner behavior. 2. Define and identify thoughts, feelings, and urges. 3. Practice writing positive thoughts, feelings, and/or urges at 30-35 per minute and saying them at 50-75 per minute. 4. Count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop. 5. Discuss and develop a plan to change inner behaviors of self or clients.
Activities: The primary focus is on the practice of identification, listing, counting, recording, and changing inner behavior. There is a minimal amount of lecture on the literature and successes of the technique.
Audience: Psychologists, clinical behavior analysts, parents, teachers of regular or special education children including those with behavior disorders.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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