Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W30
Inner Behavior: Changing Thoughts, Feelings, and Urges
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: PRA/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Description: Based on Skinner's writings and Lindsley's seminal work and research in identifying, counting, and analyzing inner behavior, this workshop looks at thoughts, feelings, and urges as behaviors that a person can observe, count, and change. It takes the participants on a journey to some of their own inner behaviors. It includes some charts of people who have counted inner behaviors in the past 50 years. The workshop reviews 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, participants will be able to: (1) State the research background and their familiarity with research on observing and changing inner behavior; (2) Define thoughts, feelings, and urges and name specific examples of each; (3) Practice writing positive thoughts, feelings, and/or urges at 30-35 per minute or saying them at 50-75 per minute; (4) Count and record some specific inner behaviors for the duration of the workshop; (5) 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 some information on the literature and successes of this technique. Participants can leave with a written plan for at least one client. The format is slide presentations with comments, and large and small group discussion.
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
Keyword(s): celeration chart, inner behavior, PTSD



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