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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W63
CE Offered: PSY/BACB — 
Ethics
Extending Behavior Analysis in Zoos and Aquariums
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Lucerne I, Swissotel
Area: AAB/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lindsay Mehrkam, Ph.D.
LINDSAY MEHRKAM (Oregon State University), LANCE MILLER (Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo)
Description: Today's accredited zoos and aquariums are held to high standards of animal welfare. This involves assessment, implementation, and evaluation of current animal husbandry practices across a wide range of species, a task for which behavior analysis is well suited. This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of how behavior analytic methods are being extended in zoo settings to evaluate enrichment and training effectiveness. Participants will learn how to successfully implement behavioral assessments using single-subject designs in a zoo setting. Participants will be guided through video demonstrations of preference assessments and positive reinforcement training with a variety of zoo species to observe the generalizability of these procedures. Attendees will also participate in discussions on future directions for behavior analysts in these nontraditional animal settings. This workshop is designed for individuals interested in the application of behavior analytic principles in zoos and aquariums. Participants will learn how zoos develop and review training and enrichment programs using single-subject design methodology and individual-level analysis to facilitate husbandry goals for a variety of species. Participants will also learn how to successfully implement assessment and evaluation tools for husbandry strategies in zoological settings. On the day prior to the workshop (Friday), participants are invited to travel to world-renowned Brookfield Zoo and directly observe how behavioral principles are being used to guide animal care practices in zoos. The visit is planned from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, meeting at 12:00 pm and returning to the Hyatt Regency by 5:00 pm. For those interested, there will be an additional fee of $45, payable directly to the workshop presenters. (Please note: there are no more spaces available for the visit to Brookfield Zoo.)
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) operationally define environmental enrichment and identify ways in which enrichment strategies are evaluated and deemed effective; (2) identify, review, and critique applications of operant conditioning in behavioral husbandry practices for variety of species; (3) recognize and discuss variables to consider to ensure ethical and effective implementation and evaluation of behavioral assessments in zoos and aquariums using single-subject designs.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of lecture, guided practice, direct observation, and group discussion. Core content will be taught through lecture and video demonstrations of strategies and procedures will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to participate in open discussions about content and future directions for practical application. Supplemental materials for reviewing training plans and ethograms will also be provided.
Audience: This workshop is designed for individuals interested in the application of behavior analytic principles in zoos and aquariums. Participants will learn how zoos develop and review training and enrichment programs using single-subject design methodology and individual-level analysis to facilitate husbandry goals for a variety of species. Participants will also learn how to successfully implement assessment and evaluation tools for husbandry strategies in zoological settings.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): environmental enrichment, preference assessment, single-subject, zoo

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