Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W39
CE Offered: BACB
Inner Behavior: Changing Thoughts, Feelings & Urges.
Friday, May 23, 2008
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), EMMA F. DOUGLAS-COBANE (TreeHouse School)
Description: This workshop looks at thoughts, feelings, and urges as inner behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change. It reviews the history of private events and inner behavior, and includes some charts of people who have counted inner behaviors in the past 40 years. The workshop also teaches how to use the Standard Celeration Chart to record the frequencies and changes of any inner behavior.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants will be able to: . State the research background and their familiarity with research on observing and changing inner behavior. . Define thoughts, feelings, and urges and name specific examples of each. . 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 primary focus 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: Psychologists, clinical behavior analysts, parents and teachers of regular or special education children, including those with behavior disorders.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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