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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W10
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: Behavior Analysis for Well-Being: Applied Behavior Analysis as a Positive Psychology Intervention
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: CBM/DEV; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Patrick Betters, M.S.
PATRICK BETTERS (ABA Behavior Therapies and Testing )
Description: As an emerging science, Applied Behavior Analysis has primarily been utilized in the fields of Organizational Behavioral Management, Autism/ behavioral disorders and in laboratory study. However, the applications of behavior analysis and the benefits society can reap from it are limitless. We currently live in a society of abundance, however more people report feelings of depression and anxiety than in the past. Behavior Analysis methods in the form of positive psychology interventions could be a means to combat these symptoms and furthermore could aid others in taking their lives from "just getting by" to flourishing. Under the supervision of a BCBA, a person could identify behaviors they wish to improve upon that they feel would lead to a greater sense of wellbeing. Moving forward the person would learn data collection, self-management and other behavior analysis techniques that would assist them to increase the frequency of the behavior in question. As such, the increase in desired behavior could encourage the cultivation of wellbeing. It is without question that our actions affect our mental states and vice versa. Behavior Analysis then helps a person cultivate the skills they need to actively change their actions, the way they think and thus change their life.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify target behaviors based in positive psychology; (2) use self management techniques to increase desired target behavior in order to promote wellbeing.
Activities: Lecture, discussion, guided practice, small group break out
Audience: BCaBA, BCBA
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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