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 #W12
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Training for Health, Life, Fitness, and Peak Personal Performance
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Alpine, Swissotel
Area: CBM; 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 proportions for many populations, including populations served by Behavior Analysts, it is vital Behavior Analysts learn to apply behavior analysis to ameliorate these problems and to promote healthy lifestyles effectively. 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 access, analyze, and optimally improve their own, or their clients’ physical fitness, health related lifestyles, and, if desired, athletic performances. Emphasis will be placed on Behavior Analytic ‘gradual change techniques;’ optimal goal setting parameters; objective, data based analysis and decision making; and how Behavioral Analytic Experimental Designs, such as Multiple Baselines Across Situations and Bounded Changing Criterion Designs, may not just be used to measure change, but actually facilitate effective behavioral change. A new focus, from a behavior analytic perspective, will be on the uses and misuses of web based, social media fitness tools (e.g. Strava, fitbit, etc). Finally, participants will learn how improved health allows individuals to live a valued life and aid in chosen life directions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants 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 assessment of current health and fitness related behaviors; (3) perform task analyses of healthy eating behaviors; safe, effective exercise; and skilled athletic performances; (4) identify personalized reinforcers, motivations, incentives, and values for healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and athleticism; (5) understand the importance of, and how to effectively use goal setting, task analysis, pinpointing; how to identify skill gaps; how to set realistically achievable goals; and how to effectively use publicly posted goals to achieve fitness and optimal athletic performance; (6) use behavior analytic experimental designs to not only measure and access 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; (8) analyze and use web-based, social media tools as health and fitness aids; (9) use data collection, charting, and graphing to optimize fitness and improve eating related behaviors.
Activities: Participants will be guided though presented information with PowerPoint slides, worksheets and lecture handouts that will provide participants with the information necessary learn the medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of fitness and develop effective programs for improving health, physical fitness, diet behaviors, and healthy lifestyles; develop effective programs to optimize athletic performance; and to use Behavior Analytic Experimental Designs to access and facilitate desired behavioral change. Participants will be shown, from a behavior analytic perspective; how to access, use and evaluate information and data collected from fitness based social media. Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture utilizing PowerPoint, presenter provided practice materials, video observation, and group discussion.
Audience: The target audience is board certified behavior analysts, BCaBAs, psychologists, personal trainers, and others interested in learning to use behavior analytic procedures to promote healthy lifestyles, fitness, 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
Keyword(s): diet, health, physical fitness, sport psychology



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