Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W16
Creating Nurturing Environments in Multiple Settings With the Use of Evidence-Based Kernels
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom G
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute), MAGNUS JOHANSSON (Oslo Metropolitan University)
Description: Nurturing Environments (Biglan, Flay, Embry & Sandler, 2012) describes key areas in evolving a healthy culture: minimizing toxic social conditions, increasing reinforcement of prosocial behaviors, limiting problem behaviors, and promoting psychological flexibility in the pursuit of one's values and goals. An evidence-based kernel is a behavior?influence procedure shown through experimental analysis to affect specific behaviors (Embry & Biglan, 2008). Kernels are indivisible in the sense that removing any of their components would render them inert. Existing evidence shows that a variety of kernels can influence behavior in context, and some evidence suggests that frequent or sufficient use of some kernels may produce longer lasting behavioral shifts, as prevention, interventions, treatments, or even for population-level public health outcomes. We will present up to 8 kernels. As a group, we will identify organizations, groups and other settings in which kernels can be implemented. We will encourage participants to adapt them for contexts relevant to their own work. We will use several of the kernels to facilitate experiential learning.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) List at least five evidence-based kernels; (2) Describe how at least three kernels can be implemented in more than one setting; (3) Create a plan for implementing and assessing the impact of at least one kernel.
Activities: Brief lecturing on available research on the kernels, and experience from using them in different settings. Experiential learning through application of several kernels throughout the workshop. Small group exercises and discussions on possible uses in settings relevant to participants.
Audience: Professionals interested in how evidence-based kernels can be useful to facilitate behavior change in multiple settings, to create nurturing environments in families, schools, workplaces and communities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): evidence-based kernels, nurturing environments



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