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

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
Behavior Analytic Fitness Training for Fitness, Health, Life, and Peak Personal Performances
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Republic B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor:
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 those served by behavior analysts—it is vital that behavior analysts learn to apply behavior analysis to ameliorate these problems and to promote healthy lifestyles as effectively as possible. Medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of exercise, athletic participation, physical fitness, and healthy living will be covered. The workshop will teach participants to use applied behavior analytic principles to objectively access, 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 on how behavioral analytic experimental designs—such as multiple baselines across situations and bounded changing criterion designs—may be used not just to measure change, but actually facilitate effective behavioral change. Participants will learn how improved health and physical fitness, allow individuals to live a valued life, and aid in the pursuit of chosen life directions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 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 and 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, and pinpointing; 6. understand how to identify skill gaps, set realistically achievable goals, and effectively use publicly posted goals to achieve fitness and optimal athletic performance; 7. use behavior analytic experimental designs to not only measure and access behavioral change, but to facilitate health, fitness, and athletic behavioral changes; 8. use the concepts of optimal physiological arousal, periodization, and super compensation in designing a personalized training program; 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, demonstrations, and lecture handouts. These materials will provide the information necessary to develop effective programs for improving health, physical fitness, diet behaviors, and healthy lifestyles; to develop effective programs to optimize athletic performance; and to use behavior analytic experimental designs to access and facilitate desired behavioral change.
Audience: The target audience is board certified behavior analysts, board certified assistant behavior analysts, 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



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