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.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Paper Session #52
Engineering Schools & Team Building
Friday, September 2, 2022
3:00 PM–3:25 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Meeting 3
Area: OBM
Chair: Sara Mulholland (Navigating the Eye, LLC)

CANCELED: Skinner's Pragmatic Science and Engineering of Behavior Change

Domain: Service Delivery
GUY S. BRUCE (Appealing Solutions, LLC)

Skinner’s most important contribution to the science and engineering of behavior change was his pragmatic preference for methods, explanations, and procedures that allowed more accurate prediction and effective control of behavior change. In Case History in Scientific Method, he described this preference and how it shaped his adoption of: 1) Within-subject experimental designs; 2) Repeated within and across-subject replication to discover functional relations between changes in environmental variables and changes in individual response rates; 3) Precise, universal, absolute, standard and automated measures of environmental variables and response rates; 4) An Inductive approach to discovering useful explanations and procedures; 5) The use of standard charts that allowed him to evaluate the practical significance of changes in individual response rates as a function of his systematic manipulation of environmental variables. This paper will describe how Skinner’s pragmatic philosophy of science shaped the scientific and engineering methods that have allowed us to discover the explanations, procedures, processes, and systems which have produced practically significant behavior change desired by a variety of individual and organizational clients.

Organizational Team Resilience: Building Resilient Behaviors Across Departments
Domain: Applied Research
SARA MULHOLLAND (Navigating the Eye, LLC)
Abstract: Team resilience is necessary for organizations to maintain stability and adapt to changing dynamics in the world. Organizational teams were altered dramatically by the global pandemic. Working as cohesive units became a struggle on multiple levels – fueled by the need for social distancing, safety precautions, and the stress caused by the rapid changes and health concerns. Even the most established organizations found themselves struggling to create new ways to meet production and efficiency goals. A “new normal” began to form, and the workforce changed. Labor shortages related to organizational changes, childcare needs, health concerns, and shifts in professional interests led to a need for organizations to address retention, work-life balance, and recruitment in different ways. Resilience became more important than ever to keep organizations afloat. Team Resilience provides a framework for building and maintaining cohesive teams within organizations. Reinforcing resilient behaviors within teams fosters positive morale, increased efficiency, increased satisfaction, work-life balance, and reduced turnover. This presentation will begin with defining team resilience components and secondary traumatic stress symptoms for professionals. Original research regarding team resilience will be presented. Participants will leave this workshop with knowledge and practical methods to reinforce resilient behaviors within the organizational team on multiple levels.



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