Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Changing Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
3A (Convention Center)
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Description: This workshop looks at thoughts, feelings, and urges as inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change. It reviews definitions, exercises, and the history of private events and inner behavior. The presenters will show and discuss charts of people who have counted inner behaviors as a part of improving thoughts about and feelings towards themselves, and those who have used the technique to cope with bereavement issues. The workshop also shows how to use the bottom half of the Standard Celeration Chart to record the frequencies and changes of any inner behavior. Each person will leave with a plan designed to use with someone such as a student or client.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

State the behavioral and theoretical foundations on which the study of inner behavior rests

Define thoughts, feelings, and urges and name specific ones in each category

State the behavioral theory and fundamental points and their familiarity with the research on observing and changing inner behavior

Practice writing positive thoughts, feelings, and/or urges at 30–35 per minute and saying them at 50–75 per minute

Count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop

Discuss and develop a plan to change inner behaviors of self or clients

Activities: The workshop will open with an exercise that shows how it is possible to observe inner behaviors and another exercise on counting inner behaviors. The primary focus of the three hours is to identify, list, count, record, and change inner behavior and to practice these skills. There is a minimal amount of lecture on the literature and successes of this technique.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, clinical behavior analysts, social workers, teachers of regular or special education children, and other professionals interested in behavior change of thoughts, feelings, and urges.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): inner-behavior, private-events



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