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 #W25
CE Offered: BACB
Punish or Perish: Providing a full spectrum of ethical and effective treatment.
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 227 A
Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mark Adams, Ph.D.
GARY WILKES (Arizona State University)
Description: This workshop is based on behavior modification practices developed by the author, over many years, with thousands of animals in the context of veterinary care and professional consultation to zoos and aquaria. The majority of these animals would have died without the use of aversive control in their treatment. The nature of the topic precludes any citation of widespread acceptance of these methods, as the practical use of aversive control is generally discouraged within behavior analysis and the broader, popular culture. This workshop will validate these methods through demonstration of aversive control in real-time, with live subjects, both human and animal. Additional information will be provided through video presentations of these practices shot without benefit of establishing operations or operant chambers. Immediate confirmation of theoretical, philosophical, ethical and practical statements regarding aversive control will be presented for review, analysis and discussion. The primary directive of any behavioral therapy is first, do no harm. This workshop will adhere strictly to that ethic and there are no risks of injury, either physical or behavioral, to any attendee, demonstrator or subject of these practices. Attendees will gain a foundational knowledge of how to apply safe and effective aversive control in real-world settings.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to evaluate proper settings for the use of aversive control based on commonly accepted ethical principles of behavior modification and develop strategies for practical application of aversive control.
Activities: Participants in this workshop will observe live demonstrations and video presentations of the use of aversive control on animals. A select group will participate as demonstrators applying aversive control or having aversive control applied to them. Additional demonstrations may allow volunteers to apply aversive control to assistance dogs. The aversive stimuli used by or on participants will be limited to silly string, squirt guns and soft throw-pillows.
Audience: Anyone with an interest in behavior modification, either personally or professionally will benefit from this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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