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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W46
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Evolving More Nurturing Societies Through Behavioral Science
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Zurich A, Swissotel
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute)
Description: This workshop is designed to assist behavior analysts in using their skills and knowledge to bring about significant improvements in prevalence of wellbeing. The workshop will explain the public health framework and the ways it relates to behavior analysts’ aspirations to improve wellbeing in society. A precise definition of wellbeing will be provided within that framework. The instructor will provide an overview of the prevention and treatment interventions that have been developed and tested over the preceding 40 years and the contextualist principles that underlie the success of these interventions. The instructor will show how the same contextualist principles are relevant to understanding how the larger social system of corporate capitalism affects wellbeing and how and why it has evolved in a problematic direction in recent years. The instructor will then describe successful efforts to change practices at the level of corporations. Finally, the instructor will assist participants in identifying specific outcomes that they would like to work toward and will help small groups plan to take specific steps toward their goals. The workshop will have ample opportunity for participants to interact with each other and with the instructor.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe at least five evidence-based family interventions; (2) describe at least five evidence-based school interventions; (3) describe the four principles that characterize nurturing environments; (4) describe the recent evolution of corporate capitalism and its impact on human wellbeing; (5) state at least one specific goal for improving human wellbeing that they plan to pursue; (6) describe a plan for pursuing their goals.
Activities: Workshop Activities will include: lecture, discussion, small group discussion and planning, presentations of the small groups to the entire workshop.
Audience: Professionals, including behavior analysts, health care providers, teachers, school administrators, and family therapists.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): community development, cultural evolution, nurturing environments, prevention



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