Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W84
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Bridging the Gap Between Applied Behavior Analysis and a Health and Fitness Practice
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
309 (Convention Center)
Area: PRA/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Megan M. Coatley, M.A.
MEGAN M. COATLEY (SPARK Behavior Solutions, LLC), RAUL MENDOZA (Walden University)
Description: As behavior analysts we are armed with the capability to increase healthy behaviors and the obligation to tackle issues of social significance. Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases currently plaguing our society are, in many cases, the byproduct of disordered patterns of behavior. Health practitioners are constantly dealing with a revolving door of preventable health problems. No matter our career focus, it is increasingly clear that, to "save the world with behavior analysis," we need to utilize our skill set to promote healthy lifestyle habits for our clients, our employees, and ourselves. Participants will learn to use behavior analysis to assess and improve nutrition, physical fitness, and health-related lifestyle habits, as well as how to incorporate health and fitness goals within their current practice (e.g., family services, developmental disabilities, organizational management, etc.). The speakers will describe unique marketing and PR techniques for reaching out to potential clients and teaming with traditional and integrative health practitioners to increase the reach of behavior analysis and to access a larger client base. The workshop will cover identification of health-related goals, data-based decision making, and disseminating the strategies of behavior analysis to promote ongoing healthy changes.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Assess current health and fitness related behaviors using industry standard metrics and functional behavioral assessment

Identify personalized health and wellness goals and break these down into achievable benchmarks via task analysis

Through preference assessments, identify preferred activities, possible reinforcers, and incentives for and environmental barriers to participating in healthy behaviors

Employ specific behavioral strategies such as self-monitoring, behavioral contracting, performance management, and public posting to achieve health and fitness goals

Use unique methods of data collection, charting, and graphing (including Internet gaming, mobile phone applications, and social media) to improve health and fitness related behaviors

Build a collaborative network of health and wellness practitioners and disseminate behavior analytic health and fitness programming through targeted marketing and public relations strategies

Activities: Participants will a) be guided though presented information with PowerPoint slides, worksheets, demonstrations, and lecture handouts that will provide the information necessary to develop effective programs for improving healthy lifestyle behaviors; b)have the opportunity to sample unique and innovative activities, technologies, and equipment designed to promote physical fitness; c) engage in discussion regarding the use of behavior analysis strategies for health and fitness in their current line of work, and brainstorm applications and how to locate potential clientele within their community; and d) demonstrate new skills acquired by developing a program to facilitate health-related behavior change.
Audience: The target audience is BCBAs, BCaBAs, psychologists, personal trainers, and other professionals in the field of behavioral medicine who are looking to broaden their practice or learn more about behavior analytic principles as they relate to health and wellness.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavioral Wellness, Eating Habits, Health Coaching, Prescriptive Exercise



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