Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W17
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Matrix Project: Using Behavior Analysis to Promote Social Change
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Molli Luke, Ph.D.
MOLLI LUKE (Behavior Analyst Certification Board; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), TRACI M. CIHON (University of North Texas; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), MARK A. MATTAINI (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), HOLLY SENIUK (University of Nevada, Reno; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility)
Description: Workshop participants will learn principles of behavioral systems theory and how they can be applied to analyze the systems that promote and hinder behavioral approaches to understanding and addressing societal issues (with a primary emphasis on issues outside autism/developmental disabilities). After a brief introduction to behavioral systems analysis, participants will actively engage in guided exercises, taking a constructional approach for analyzing and impacting large-scale social issues. Participants will learn to employ a matrix methodology for this purpose through hands-on exposure to an on-going, large-scale, evidence-based matrix project being conducted by the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility SIG (see for additional information about this project, which targets increasing the number of behavior analysts contributing to solutions to a range of social and global issues). Participants will then have opportunities to collaboratively select a cultural practice to be increased, and complete an analysis of antecedents and consequences likely to support or hinder the incidence of that practice. Finally, leaders and participants will discuss how this approach can realistically be used to promote social change in participants' areas of interest.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) explain how behavioral systems theory can be operationalized using a matrix methodology to promote social change; (2)locate and use empirical data to support behavioral systems analyses; (3)select a cultural practice for constructional increase, and complete an analysis of antecedents and consequences likely to promote and hinder the incidence of that practice; (4) apply this approach to promote social change in their own settings.
Activities: Introduction to behavioral systems analysis to promote social change, Small group exercises (verbal and charting),large group presentations,closing exploration of potential applications.
Audience: Graduate students, graduate level behavior analysts (BCBAs), and faculty members.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): behavioral systems, constructional approach, matrix methodology, social change



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