Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W24
CE Offered: BACB
Change Inner Behaviors--Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Thursday, May 25, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3B
Area: VRB/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Heather Eisel, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), HEATHER EISEL (University of Oklahoma )
Description: Based on Skinner’s philosophy, behavioral work and writings, on Lindsley’s seminal work and research in identifying, counting, and analyzing inner behavior, and on the 1,000-plus research-based inner behavior projects, this workshop looks at thoughts, feelings, and urges as behaviors a person can observe, count and change. Previously used in 13 research studies, including military and other venues for those with post-traumatic stress disorders, and university masters and doctoral theses, the workshop takes the participants on a journey to some of their own and their clients’ potential inner behaviors. It includes some charts of people who have counted their inner behaviors in the past years. The workshop also teaches, or reviews, how to use the standard celeration chart to record the frequencies and analyze the changes of any inner behaviors. Articles based on research have been peer-reviewed and published in US and European journals. All publications, from theses to journal publications, have met all ethical, legal, statutory, guidelines and standards.
Learning Objectives: (1) Name, define, and give at least 10 examples each category of inner behaviors, including various thoughts, feelings, and urges; (2) Name and state the findings and locations of at least four of the research projects named and reviewed; (3) State in outlined or noted detail how the participant will use this with a specific client or student.
Activities: • instructional strategies and their tactics will include lecture, discussion, timings, small group breakouts, and notes for written plans for future implementation. • Various readings will be reviewed in the workbook with a reference list also provided. • The final format for the participants will be a written plan for a specific person or a group that the participant has.
Audience: Intermediate prerequisite skills: 1. Familiarity with the standard celeration chart and the ability to use it for the client or student; 2. Very strong interest and some work with inner behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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