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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: BACB
Impact of Learning History: Assessment & Treatment of Emotional & Immoral Behaviors of Children
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 222 AB
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Merrill Winston, Ph.D.
JEANNIE GOLDEN (East Carolina University)
Description: Many children in the child welfare system develop severe behavioral and emotional problems due to early abuse/neglect and multiple placements/caregivers. Often, the treatment focus follows the medical model with the assumption that behavioral symptoms are the result of underlying psychopathology. Instead, behavior analysts conduct observations of behavior in a variety of settings to determine the effect of various stimulus conditions and setting events, functional assessments to determine the causes and maintainers of various behavioral symptoms, and careful analysis of learning histories to determine the efficacy of various reinforcers and punishers. Immoral and emotional behaviors may be related to learning histories and contingencies that are not observable in the immediate environment. Feelings may be establishing operations for the salience of particular reinforcers and punishers. Certain adult and peer behaviors may be discriminative stimuli for particular reinforcers and punishers in these children’s learning histories. The presenter will discuss the impact that learning history has on current behavior and ways to develop effective behavioral treatments that take this into account. Case examples will be provided, along with opportunities to get feedback on the cases of participants.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: 1. name several emotional and immoral behaviors of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with severe psychological disorders 2. tell how the learning histories of children diagnosed with severe psychological disorders effect their emotional and moral behaviors 3. describe several behavioral techniques that can be used to treat children diagnosed with severe psychological disorders 4. explain the limits of typical behavioral interventions and suggest alternative interventions that can be used to treat children diagnosed with severe psychological disorders 5. describe how to apply these techniques to assist children diagnosed with severe psychological disorders in their own professional settings
Activities: Participants will listen to didactic information and real-life case histories in homes, schools and community settings, take notes, ask questions, view a power point presentation, present their own cases for feedback, and participate in role-play situations.
Audience: Participants would include board certified behavior analysts, psychologists, counselors, health care providers, social workers and/or teachers who serve children with developmental disabilities or children who typically-developing who have emotional difficulties and/or have been given psychiatric diagnoses.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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