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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Paper Session #336
CE Offered: BACB
A Case for Critical Thinking: The Need for Expanded Analysis of Variables in the Practical Application of Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:30 PM–4:55 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon F
Area: TBA
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Ken Winn (Advanced Behavioral Resources)
CE Instructor: Ken Winn, M.S.
 
A Case for Critical Thinking: The Need for Expanded Analysis of Variables in the Practical Application of Applied Behavior Analysis
Domain: Theory
KEN WINN (Advanced Behavioral Resources)
 
Abstract: Behavioral phenomenon, especially in applied settings requires an analysis of variables beyond simple three-term contingencies often utilized in understanding variables maintaining behavior, especially problem behaviors. Often, we are taught concepts such as complex schedules of reinforcement, motivating operations, and singular concepts such as sings of damage or adjunctive behavior, but these are often overlooked in practical settings, given the nature, intensity, and frequency ey of problem behaviors, such as high intensity self-injury. In this paper, we will explore a sequence of analyzing multiple contingencies and factors impacting the behavior of the clients we serve, in practical and user-friendly ways. There is a strong need for critical thinking in our field. Rather than “Blame” the clients (including those that support our clients, such as parents, teachers, and administrators to name a few), we need to explore an expanded and detailed analysis of multiple variables at play. This requires an application of the advanced concepts and principles underlying behavior in the context in which the behavior is emitted.
 
Target Audience: This is for practicing behavior analysts who are scientist/practitioners. Target audience includes those with advanced knowledge of maintaining variables, logical constructs, and the ability to think critically about themselves, their interventions, and the environments where these interventions are implemented.
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of inductive and deductive reasoning 2. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the skills needed in critical thinking to properly analyze the many variables maintaining behavior in natural settings 3. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of 10 factors that influence responding 4. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of what it to think critically 5. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of how to properly conceptualize individual cases for individuals with complex behavioral problems.
 

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