Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Teaching Skinner's Verbal Behavior and Far Beyond Using the PEAK Relational Training System
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W185d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Seth W. Whiting, M.S.
SETH W. WHITING (Southern Illinois University), MARK R. DIXON (Southern Illinois University)
Description: The PEAK Relational Training System developed by Dr. Mark R. Dixon is a program designed to promote verbal behavior and related skills for children with autism. It has already been field tested by practitioners with more than 100 children with autism. Stemming from recent advances in basic and applied research in behavior analysis, PEAK starts the learner at the earliest stages with programs that directly train a beginning repertoire including prerequisite skills and Skinner's verbal operants, yet advances the learner much further by including skills such as extended tacts, autoclitics, metaphor, and perspective taking. PEAK also expands beyond Skinner's approach to language by building the repertoire through stimulus equivalence and relational frames. Instructors utilizing the Peak Relational Training System proceed through the program book while collecting data during each session that demonstrate the learner's progress and allow for ongoing adjustment. Attendees will be trained on how to assess language deficits, identify goals and objectives for students, and implement the most efficient prompting and training techniques to produce evidence-based results. This workshop will walk attendees through the PEAK system, the behavioral concepts underlying its development, and roleplay data collection and program implementation, and provide outlines of PEAK for immediate implementation.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) describe how Skinner's Verbal Behavior has been incorporated into the Peak Relational Training System; (2) describe how the system utilizes stimulus equivalence and relational frames to promote language; (3) conduct sessions with a participant in each component of the system, including direct training, generalization, stimulus equivalence, and relational responding; (4) collect data on learner responding during sessions; and (5) describe the layout of the Peak Relational Training System and how the programs proceed.
Activities: Participants will view videos of a BCBA conducting sessions using the Peak Relational Training System, collect data from vignettes, fill out and design sample programs, and conduct brief roleplays with others.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, applied behavior analysts who wish to train verbal behavior skills to their clients, administrators who are seeking a verbal behavior program to implement, or verbal behavior researchers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): PEAK, relational frame, stimulus equivalence, verbal behavior



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