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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W51
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Evolving More Nurturing Societies Through Behavioral Science
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall G
Area: CSS; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute)
Description: This workshop is designed to assist behavior analysts in using their skills and knowledge to bring about significant improvements in the prevalence of wellbeing. The workshop will explain the public health framework and the ways it relates to behavior analysts' aspirations to improve society's wellbeing. I will provide a precise definition of wellbeing within that framework. I will provide an overview of prevention and treatment interventions developed and tested over the preceding 40 years and the contextualist principles underlying the success of these interventions. I will show how the same contextualist principles are relevant to understanding how the larger social system of corporate capitalism affects wellbeing and how and why it has evolved in a problematic direction in recent years. I will describe successful efforts to change practices at the corporate level. I will then assist participants in identifying specific outcomes they would like to work toward and will help small groups plan specific steps toward their goals. I will provide ample opportunity for participants to interact and ask questions.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) Describe at least five evidence-based family interventions; (2)Describe at least five evidence-based school interventions; (3)Describe four principles that characterize nurturing environments; (4)Describe the recent evolution of corporate capitalism and its impact on human wellbeing;(5) State at least one specific goal for improving human wellbeing that they plan to pursue; (6)Describe a plan for pursuing their goals.
Activities: Workshop activities will include lectures, discussion, small group discussion and planning, and presentations of the small groups to the entire workshop.
Audience: The target audience for this workshop includes professionals, specifically, behavior analysts, healthcare providers, teachers, school administrators, and family therapists
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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