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 #W41
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavior Analytic Training for Health, Life, Fitness, and Peak Personal Performances
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
611 (Convention Center)
Area: CBM/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stephen Ray Flora, Ph.D.
STEPHEN RAY FLORA (Youngstown State University)
Description: As obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health problems are at epidemic proportions for many populations, including populations served by behavior analysts, it is vital that behavior analysts learn to apply behavior analysis to ameliorate these problems and to promote healthy lifestyles as effectively as possible. Medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of exercise, athletic participation, physical fitness, and healthy living are covered. The workshop will teach participants to use applied behavior analysis principles to objectively assess and optimally improve their own or their clients' physical fitness, health related lifestyles, and, if desired, athletic performances. Emphasis will be placed on behavior analytic "gradual change techniques"; optimal goal setting parameters; objective, data based analysis and decision making; and how the use of behavior analytic experimental designs, such as multiple baselines across situations and bounded changing criterion designs, may be used not just to measure change, but to actually facilitate effective behavioral change. Finally, participants will learn how improved health and physical fitness allow individuals to live valued lives and aid in the pursuit of chosen life directions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

State many of the behavioral, psychological, and medical benefits of physical fitness, athletic participation, and living a healthy life

Perform functional assessment of current health and fitness related behaviors

Perform task analyses of healthy eating behaviors; safe, effective exercise; and skilled athletic performances

Identify personalized reinforcers, motivations, incentives, and values for healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, and athleticism

Use goal setting, task analysis, and pinpointing; identify skill gaps; set realistically achievable goals; and effectively use publicly posted goals to achieve fitness and optimal athletic performance

Use behavior analytic experimental designs not only to measure and assess behavioral change but to facilitate health, fitness, and athletic behavioral changes

Use the concepts of optimal physiological arousal, periodization, and super compensation in designing a personalized training program

Use data collection, charting, and graphing to optimize fitness and improve eating related behaviors

Activities: Participants will be guided though presented information with PowerPoint slides, worksheets, and lecture handouts that will provide the information necessary to learn the medical, behavioral, and psychological benefits of fitness and develop effective programs for improving health, physical fitness, diet behaviors, and healthy lifestyles; develop effective programs to optimize athletic performance; and use behavior analytic experimental designs to assess and facilitate desired behavioral change.
Audience: The target audience is BCBAs, BCaBAs, psychologists, personal trainers, and others interested in learning to use behavior analytic procedures to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness, or to optimize elite performance. Professionals with a strong interest in behavioral medicine or health and fitness will also benefit.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): diet, health, physical fitness, sport psychology



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