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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W35
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Training for Health, Life, Fitness, and Peak Personal Performance
Friday, May 23, 2014
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
W185a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CBM/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stephen Ray Flora, Ph.D.
STEPHEN RAY FLORA (Youngstown State University)
Description: As obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health problems are at epidemic levels for many populations, including populations served by behavior analysts, it is vital that behavior analysts learn to apply behavior analysis to ameliorate these problems and to promote healthy lifestyles as effectively as possible. Medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of exercise, athletic participation, physical fitness, and healthy living are covered. The workshop will teach participants to use applied behavior analysis principles to objectively assess and optimally improve their own or their clients' physical fitness, health, and, if desired, athletic performance. Emphasis will be on behavior analytic "gradual change techniques"; optimal goal setting parameters; objective, data based analysis and decision making; and how the use of behavior analytic experimental designs, such as multiple baselines across situations and bounded changing criterion designs, may be used not just to measure change, but actually to facilitate effective behavioral change. New for this year will be an emphasis on functional assessment of dysfunctional health behaviors. Finally, participants will learn how improved health and physical fitness allow individuals to live a valued life and aid in the pursuit of chosen life directions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) state many of the behavioral, psychological, and medical benefits of physical fitness, athletic participation, and living a healthy lifestyle; (2) perform functional assessments of current health and fitness related behaviors; (3) perform task analyses of healthy eating behaviors, safe and effective exercise, and skilled athletic performance; (4) identify personalized reinforcers, motivations, incentives, and values for healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, and athleticism; (5) use goal setting, task analysis, and pinpointing, and identify skill gaps, set realistically achievable goals, and effectively use publicly posted goals to achieve fitness and optimal athletic performance; (6)use behavior analytic experimental designs not only to measure and assess behavioral change but to facilitate health, fitness, and athletic behavioral changes; (7) use the concepts of optimal physiological arousal, periodization, and super compensation in designing a personalized training program; and (8) use data collection, charting, and graphing to optimize fitness and improve eating related behaviors.
Activities: PowerPoint slides, worksheets, and lecture handouts will provide participants with the information necessary to learn the medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of fitness and develop effective programs for improving health, physical fitness, diet behaviors, and healthy lifestyles; to develop effective programs to optimize athletic performance; and to use behavior analytic experimental designs to assess and facilitate desired behavioral change.
Audience: The target audience is BCBAs, BCaBAs, licensed psychologists, personal trainers, and others interested in learning to use behavior analytic procedures to change unhealthy behaviors; promote and develop healthy lifestyles, fitness, and weight loss and maintenance; or to optimize elite performance. Professionals with a strong interest in behavioral medicine or health and fitness will also benefit.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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