Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W83
CE Offered: BACB
Issues of Control and Counter-control in Applied Behavior Analysis and Service Delivery
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 222 AB
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: David Wilder, Ph.D.
ALLEN J. KARSINA (The New England Center for Children), Susan N. Langer (The New England Center for Children)
Description: Description. This workshop will review Skinner’s views on control, counter-control, and values and the implications of these views on service delivery for vulnerable populations. In particular, methods for providing vulnerable populations with effective counter-control and balancing the needs for rehabilitation with the rights to freedom will be emphasized. The format will be a mixture of lecture and group exercises. Thus, the content is related to ethical, legal, statutory and regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards.
Learning Objectives: i. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to outline Skinner’s verbal behavior concerning (a) the three levels of variation and selection, (b) forms of social control, and (c) forms of counter-control. ii. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to outline Skinner’s verbal behavior regarding what values are and who determines values for persons with special needs. iii. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify and implement practices to provide vulnerable populations with counter-control over their service providers.
Activities: At specified points during the lecture portions of the workshops, participants will be asked to write their responses to a topic down and share these responses with a partner and the group at large. Participants will also discuss the ethical and practical dimensions of specific scenario’s in small group formats and then share their deliberations with the other participants of the workshop.
Audience: The target audience includes graduate students and professionals with an interest in some of the philosophical writings of B.F. Skinner, ethics, and service delivery for vulnerable populations. An in-depth knowledge of radical behaviorism is not required, but familiarity with the basic principles of radical behaviorism is strongly encouraged.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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