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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: BACB
Values Work in Behavior Analysis
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Travis C/D (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Paula Braga-Kenyon, M.S.
EMILY KENNISON SANDOZ (University of Mississippi), KATE KELLUM (University of Mississippi)
Description: Behavior change is hard for humans. From discrete trial training to individual psychotherapy, we see humans trying to change their own behavior in such a way so as to foster behavior change in another. Recently, values work has been described as a way to direct and dignify the hard work of behavioral interventions. This workshop will explore the conceptual and practical implications of this idea. In this workshop, we will 1) examine the challenges to successful behavioral intervention, 2) define values and related concepts in behavioral terms, and 3) explore conceptually and experientially the impact of making values an explicit part of any behavioral intervention.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. describe in behavioral terms potential obstacles to successful intervention with respect to therapist behavior, client behavior, and behavior of others in the support system; 2. define values in behavioral terms and give examples of valued activities; 3. describe the theoretical justification for values work in behavior analysis; 4. describe three ways that values work might be applied to their own work in behavior analysis.
Activities: Activities will include a 20-minute introduction to analyzing the behavior of all individuals involved in behavior analytic interventions; a 30-minute discussion of challenges facing successful intervention and shaping the audience's responses into terms of stimulus control; a 10-minute introduction to the concept of values; a 20-minute experiential exercise fostering contact with values, followed by a debriefing; a 20-minute discussion of values and discriminating valued activities from those under aversive control; a 30-minute experiential exercise practicing discrimination of valued activities with those under aversive control, followed by a debriefing; a 20-minute presentation on examples of values work in behavior analysis; a 20-minute small group exercise generating examples of explicit values work that might fit the participants' own activities in behavior analysis; and a 10-minute closing.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for anyone working in the area of behavior analysis who is interested in ways to make their work more meaningful for themselves, their clients, and the system supporting their clients. Participation will require a basic understanding of behavior analysis and a willingness to engage in values-based experiential exercises.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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