Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W92
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Derived Stimulus Relations: Understanding Equivalence and RFT
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Alpine, Swissotel
Area: VRB/TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Timothy M. Weil, Ph.D.
TIMOTHY M. WEIL (Tandem Behavioral Health & Wellness)
Description: Derived stimulus relations is a topic that has been around for awhile but is recently growing in interest with both scientists and practitioners of behavior analysis. There is a great deal of basic behavior analytic research supporting the emergence of derived relations which is currently extending into the applied research domain. Equivalence in particular has been accepted as a necessary topic for behavior analysts as can be seen with its inclusion in the fourth edition of the BACB Task List. Students and practitioners will benefit from this workshop in its basic level, and focus on providing a link from theory to practice. This workshop will gently start with the theoretical system of radical behaviorism/functional contextualism and move towards understanding through presentation on basic and applied research.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe basic characteristics of stimulus equivalence; (2) describe basic characteristics of RFT and contrast these with stimulus equivalence; (3) describe transformation of stimulus function as a process and identify its crucial outcomes; (4) diagram relational networks and identify transformation of function via myriad relations as a first step towards inclusion in their programming.
Activities: Instructional strategies will include lecture and discussion of derived stimulus relations from theory to practice. Small group break out periods will occur as interteach sessions in an effort to facilitate understanding of the material.
Audience: This workshop will be focused on the basic level to ensure all who participate receive a solid foundation in understanding of derived stimulus relations and the implications of this approach. Although delivered at the basic level, this topic is seemingly a tough one for first timers, thus a concerted effort will be made to deliver the information in a consumable manner by those who know little to nothing of the topic.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Derived Relations, Equivalence, Relational Responding, RFT



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