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 #W74
Inner Behavior: Changing Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Travis C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor:
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), EMMA F. DOUGLAS (The Treehouse Trust)
Description: Thoughts, feelings, and urges are inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change. Substantial research from about 1,000 charts over the past 40 years shows that behavioral observation and methods can change a person's inner behaviors. Therapists and teachers encounter the need to make or help others use these techniques in therapeutic, educational, and home settings. The workshop reviews the history of of this particular field and includes charted examples from people who have counted and changed their inner behaviors, as well as a brief look at the statistics that support the similarities between inner and outer behaviors. There are some data from soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder. The workshop also teaches how to use the standard celeration chart to record the frequencies and make the correct decisions to change these inner behaviors.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have learned to do the following: 1. state the theoretical and research background on observing and changing inner behavior; 2. define thoughts, feelings, and urges and name specific examples of each; 3. practice writing positive thoughts, feelings, and urges at 30-35 per min and say them at about 50-75 per min; 4. count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop, which can be continued or revised later; 5. discuss and develop a plan to change inner behaviors of self or client.
Activities: The primary focus is to identify, list, count, and record inner behaviors, and then to learn how to practice daily and thus change to the desired behavior. Each participant will develop a written plan to use this technique with a person or group.
Audience: This workshop is for clinicians and graduate students in behavior analysis and psychology, special education teachers who work with students with behavior disorders, and others interested in changing inner behaviors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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