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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W59
CE Offered: BACB
Improving Your Interpersonal Effectiveness as a Behavior Analyst.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Stevens 4
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D.
RAYMOND G. MILTENBERGER (University of South Florida), STACIE NEFF (University of South Florida)
Description: Because behavior analysis procedures are carried out by people in every day life, behavior analysts must develop not just technical ABA skills, but the skills needed to work effectively with people. This workshop will teach important interpersonal skills behavior analysts need to interact effectively with their clients, other professionals, and the public. Through the use of behavioral skills training (BST) procedures, participants will learn to use differential reinforcement and noncontingent reinforcement judiciously in their interactions to increase the effectiveness of their communication, conduct more effective behavioral assessment interviews, and build rapport with (set themselves up as positive reinforcers for) their clients. This workshop will also use BST to teach participants the skills needed to make effective presentations and gain acceptance for behavioral services. The goals of this workshop are to teach participants the interpersonal skills needed for promoting successful interactions with others and presenting themselves and the field of behavior analysis in a positive manner so that they can achieve the most positive outcomes.
Learning Objectives: Learn skills to make good initial impressions on others Learn skills to engage in mutually reinforcing interactions (rapport) with clients Learn to present yourself and behavior analysis in a good light to individuals outside of the field Learn the skills for making effective presentations Learn the skills needed to promote cooperation from clients
Activities: Listen to instructors' presentation View key points on Powerpoint slides Observe role plays of interpersonal skills presented by the workshop leaders Participate in role plays to practice the skills taught in the workshop
Audience: This workshop is intended for behavior analysts in practice who work with clients, consumers, and/or the public.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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