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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W32
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Takin' It to the Zoo: ABA Solutions for Animals in Human Care
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Vevey 1, Swissotel
Area: AAB/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.
SUSAN G. FRIEDMAN (Utah State University/Behavior Works ), STEVE MARTIN (Natural Encounters, Inc.)
Description: The window of opportunity is wider now than ever before to disseminate behavior analysis science and technology to new user groups. Professionals working with exotic zoo and aquarium animals and companion animals are increasingly interested and in need of ABA solutions. Although the fundamental principles and procedures in our field are universal, working with different species, individuals, and conditions poses different challenges that often require creative tailoring quite different than working with children with special needs. The issues run the gamut from responsibly managing the motivation to work for food to shaping new behavior without frustration lest a six-ton animal behave aggressively. This workshop is designed for all behavior analysts interested in learning more about the growing field of ABA with non-human animals. Topics include the relevance of the natural science of behavior change, incorporating different levels of analysis, operationalizing respectful and trusting relationships with animals (what it looks like and how to achieve it), creating motivation through distant and immediate antecedent arrangement, and a hierarchy of behavior change procedures based on the least intrusive effective alternative concept.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe the different focuses and relevance of the ethological and behavioral models as they apply to solving behavior problems with zoological and companion animals; (2) describe 5 or more motivating operations to establish strong reinforcers working with non-human animals; (3) shape new behaviors without words or gestures.
Activities: Participants will operationalize common animal behavior labels, conduct ABC assessments from video observation, brainstorm strategies and new skills to replace problem animal behavior, and shape new behavior with participants without words or gestures.
Audience: This workshop is designed for all behavior analysts at any level of education or experience who are interested in learning more about the growing field of ABA with zoo and companion animals.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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