Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Inner Behavior: How to Change Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Friday, May 23, 2014
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
W178a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Description: Thoughts, feelings, and urges are inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change as needed. Eleven research studies in the United States and Europe across the past 42 years include more than 1,000 charts and show that behavioral observation and methods can change a person's inner behavior. Therapists, teachers, and researchers have used this radical behavior approach in residential, public school, university, geriatric, and therapeutic settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) state the theoretical and research background for observing and changing inner behavior; (2) define a thought, a feeling, and an urge, and name specific examples of each; (3) practice writing pleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviorally stated responses to urges at 30 to 35 per minute, and say them at 50 to 75 per minute; and (4) develop, write, and discuss a plan to change inner behaviors of self or a client.
Activities: The workshop reviews the history of the field with an emphasis on various charts and techniques to change people's pleasant and unpleasant inner behaviors. Some of the charts and information include data on people with PTSD and children on the autism spectrum. The workshop also includes and teaches details on how to use the standard celeration chart to record, predict, analyze, and change inner behaviors. Participants will count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop, which can be continued or revised later. Participants may also bring charts to share if they have done any prior counting and charting of inner behavior.
Audience: This workshop is for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, clinicians, people teaching behavior analysis, graduate students in behavior analysis and psychology, special education teachers who work with students with behavior disorders and those on the autism spectrum, and others interested in changing inner behaviors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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