Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W85
Inner Behavior: Changing Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mission Beach A-C
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Description: Thoughts, feelings, and urges are inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change as needed. Eleven research studies include over 1,000 charts across the past 40 years and show that behavioral observation and methods can change a person's inner behavior. Therapists, teachers, and researchers using this radical behavior approach have seen the need to use these techniques in residential, public school, university, geriatric, and therapeutic settings. The workshop reviews the history of the field with an emphasis on various charts and techniques for applying the techniques to change people's pleasant and unpleasant inner behaviors. Some of the charts and information include people with PTSD and children on the autism spectrum. While the workshop assumes minimal knowledge of the standard celeration chart, it details how to use the chart for prediction, analysis, and change procedures of inner behaviors.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) define and state that thoughts, feelings, and urges are different inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change as needed; (2) name some of the researchers and also to state key points of the research; (3) state some of the American and European journal articles that report these results; (4) state important aspects of history of the field with an emphasis on various charts and techniques, including how to apply the principles and practices to change a person's pleasant and unpleasant inner behaviors; (5) state the variety sources of the charts and information; (6)have adequate working skills to use the standard celeration chart to record, predict, analyze, and change the inner behaviors, specifically with the clients they work with.
Activities: State the theoretical and research background for observing and changing inner behavior.Define a thought, a feeling, and an urge, and name specific examples of each.Practice writing pleasant thoughts, feelings, and behaviorally stated responses to urges at 20 to 35 per minute and to say them at 50 to 75 per minute.Count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop, which can be continued or revised later.Bring any charts to share if s/he has done any counting and charting of inner behavior before.Develop, write, and discuss a plan to change inner behaviors of self or a client.
Audience: This workshop is for clinicians, those teaching behavior analysis, and graduate students in behavior analysis or psychology, special education teachers who work with students with behavior disorders and who are on the autism spectrum disorder, and others interested in changing inner behaviors.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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