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The Current Repertoire, (33), (1), Winter/Spring 2017
The Current Repertoire
Winter/Spring 2017
Volume 33, Number 1
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From the Executive Director

2017 has the Center busy with new publications, annual conferences and collaborations with affiliate organizations.

A big change this year is that our 2017 Annual Meeting of the Trustees will be shortened to a 4-hour event, the morning following the ABAI 43rd Convention in Denver, CO. This new meeting time should save time and travel costs for our supporting volunteers. There will be a nominal fee ($50.) to attend to cover the cost of the room and breakfast. Those registering late at the door will be charged $75. (Register Now)

During the ABAI Convention, we are also holding a Reunion event, great for catching up with old friends and for making new ones. I hope to see you there.

Your continued support through purchasing our publications, attending our conferences/webinars and taking our online continuing education courses all go to help us achieve our mission.  Also remember to make all your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile (Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Choose the Cambridge Center for your charitable organization.)

Enjoy the news from the Center,

Rob
Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
Executive Director
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2017 Annual Meeting of the Trustees – May 30th

aims of literature A big change this year! We are moving our Annual Meeting of the Trustees to May 2017 to accommodate your busy travel schedules.

We will be holding our event on the day following the 43rd ABAI Convention in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, May 30th.

The meeting will be held between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon in the Cripple Creek 2 Room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center.

For those of you already attending the ABAI Convention, it is a short walk from either the Denver Convention Center of one of the hotels contracted for those attending the ABAI Convention.
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10th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders with Robert Horner, PhD in California – April 27, 2017

Robert Horner

Our presenters (Presenter Bios & Abstracts):

http://www.healmyptsd.com/erectile/how-female-viagra-works/100/ Robert Horner, PhD –  “Implementing behavior analysis at scales of social importance: Taking ABA to scale”

Tristram H. Smith, PhD, BCBA-D – “Early Intensive behavioral intervention: Past, present, and future”

http://medinahealthcare.org/cheapest-viagra-in-uk-che/ Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D – “Learning by observing others: Curriculum considerations for children with autism”

go to site William L. Heward, PhD, BCBA-D and Janet S. Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA– “Six easy ways you can improve learning for every student” (A Joint Presentation)

Tara A. Fahmie, PhD, BCBA-D – “Functional strategies for preventing the development of severe problem behavior”

With Introductory Remarks by: H.S. “Hank” Pennypacker, PhD

Register

A silent auction will also feature local wines and goods donated through the efforts of Sharon Blewis of the Brewer-Clifton Winery together with those of the Holdsambeck Behavioral Health team in California.

Enjoy the Santa Ynez Valley for the weekend! Register

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CCBS Events at the ABAI Convention

follow url The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, B.F. Skinner Foundation & Cambridge Center Reunion
Reunion #350
Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 6
This event is a great time to meet a diverse group of behavior analysts and friends of behavior analysis, from students to seasoned faculty, to well-known researchers in the field. All ABAI attendees are invited to network, discuss common interests, and have an all-around good time!

https://soils.wisc.edu/wp-content/cache/students/buy-homeschool-diploma.html Exceptional Student Group
Business Meeting #123
Saturday, May 27, 2017
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2B
Chair: Joshua K. Pritchard (Florida Institute of Technology)
Meeting for the exceptional student group and board of trustee members to review the year’s work, plan for the next, welcome new members, and meet our trustees.

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Buy in the CCBS Store ($19.95).

Watch an overview of programs at the Central Educational Center on YouTube.

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Behavioral News


Trustee Marius Rietdijk, PhD

Be a Successful CEO

Chuck Pettinger PhD
term paper on leadership Trustee Chuck Pettinger, PhD
Named One of the Top 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow by ISHN

Michelle Nelson
literature review service Exceptional Student follow site Michelle Nelson, MA 
Named a Rising Star for 2017 by Inweekly

E. Scott Geller PhD

Advisor E. Scott Geller, PhD on “Pulse of the Planet” 
“Behavioral scientist Scott Geller and retired police officer Bobby Kipper have come up with a project to bring together local police and the people they serve.” Go to audio program.  Learn more about AC4P Policing.


outline for a process essay Trustees Aubrey C. Daniels & Dr. Alice D. Lattal Have New Book Out
LIFE’S A PIC/NIC® …when you understand behavior
Written from the authors’ decades of experience, how to write a simple essay LIFE’S A PIC/NIC® …when you und source url erstand behavior shows how to bring out the best in people through the application of the optimistic science of behavior and its demonstrated truth about the unlimited potential of human beings. Published by Sloan Publishing.

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Marathon Petroleum, LP, ORD, Earns Re-Accreditation

Marathon Petroleum, LP, Ohio Refining Division (ORD)earned re-accreditation by the CCBS Commission on Accreditation – Behavior-Based Safety at the GOLD level. (See Application and Site Visit Report.)

Commissioners, Drs. Mark Alavosius and Sigurdur “Siggi” Sigurdsson, conducted the site visit. Read the article.

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Dr. Jon Bailey Presents at Our 5th Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference in August 2017

Jon Bailey
Our Presenters:
Jon S. Bailey, PhD, BCBA-D
https://www.aestheticscienceinstitute.edu/news/generic-viagra-100mg-indian/75/ Susan Ainsleigh, EdD, BCBA
Darlene Crone-Todd, PhD, BCBA,
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Plus an Interactive Panel Discussion

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https://pharmacy.chsu.edu/mall/viagra-4-u/33/ Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D

Register

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Volume III Coming Soon!
Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, Volume III is scheduled to go to print in April. We are adding 6 tales to our impressive line-up, making a total of 29 inspirational, personal stories. The authors are passionate, having a deep commitment to science and making the world a better place.
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The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Features Dr. Thomas Zane go site this Wednesday

Thomas Zane

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between the Center and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc. (ABAC) and is designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

source url Thomas Zane will be presenting the next webinar in the Series.   “The Ethics of Supervision: Being Responsible for the Shaping of Future Behavior Analysts” webinar takes place on watch Wednesday, March 15th (9:30 -11:30 am) and offers 2 BACB® Type II Supervision CEUs.  Attendees may earn another BACB® Type II Supervision CEU (1) by attending “Tom Zane answers your supervision questions,” the hour after the main webinar.

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BSN 2017 in its 23rd Year Thanks to Trustee Terry McSween, PhD

Terry McSween

Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) will be in Houston, Texas this year, October 10-12.

Now in its 23rd year, the Behavioral Safety Now Conference is the premier venue for collecting cutting-edge ideas and strategies for using behavioral technology to achieve your safety goals.

The conference includes an educational program for all levels of management, safety professionals and employee teams who are interested in learning about the behavioral safety approach. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Center.  Stay informed of news and get on the mailing list. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
http://www.wellchild.org/viagra-tv-commercial/ BIG CHANGE – 2017 Annual Meeting of the Trustees – May 30th

10th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders – Visit CA Wine Country in April

Join us during the ABAI 43rd Annual Convention in Denver

“The Eden Conspiracy: Educating for Accomplished Citizenship” Available

Behavioral News

Marathon Petroleum, LP, Ohio Refining Division Earns Re-Accreditation 

5th Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference – MA in August

“Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, Volume III” Coming in April

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series – Dr. Thomas Zane, https://ahamediagroup.com/blog/new-sat-essay-rubric/49/ March 15th – Still Time to Register!

Behavioral Safety Now 2017 in its 23rd Year

Behavioral Safety Now 2017

Over 70 convenient low-cost online continuing education course series offered exclusively through the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ and the Office of ABA, University of West Florida.

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ABACLive Cambridge Center Series

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service

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The Current Repertoire, (32), (1), Spring (2016)
The Current Repertoire
Spring 2016
Volume 32, Number 1
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From the Executive Director

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We have lots of positive news about our progress and advancing our mission through our conferences, publications, collaborations, continuing education offerings, student outreach, and our website. The Center could not accomplish this without the support and dedication from our Board, Trustees, Advisors and friends who volunteer, helping to disseminate the science’s evidence-based behavioral solutions.

best buy case study essays You can help the Center through donating, attending our conferences, purchasing our publications and sharing our news.

We’re excited about all of our happenings.

You’re invited to stop by our reunion during the upcoming ABAI Convention in Chicago.  We are hosting with The Chicago School and B.F. Skinner Foundation. Join us on Monday, May 30th, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. #365 Reunion in the ABAI Program. Location: Vevey 3, Swissotel.

See you in Chicago!

Rob
Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
Executive Director
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Our Recent Conference

On April 29th, we held our 9th Annual Conference on Autism and Related Disorders on the West Coast. It was an outstanding event with over 220 attendees. This year, our East Coast presenters, Drs. Thomas Zane and Mary Jane Weiss from Endicott College, joined us, along with newcomers Drs. Gregory Hanley* (* to link to podcast info below), Mitch Fryling and Amanda Kelly. And Dr. Amanda Laprime provided overall support and presented opening remarks together with Dr. Rob Holdsambeck. Beyond being terrific educational outreach to local ABA practitioners, educators, parents and caregivers, we enjoyed the local flavors of the Santa Ynez Valley. (See more photos on the Center’s Facebook page.) 

Autism Conference
We were fortunate to have garnered local support and donations for our Silent Wine Auction through the efforts of Sharon Blewis of the Brewer-Clifton Winery together with those of the Holdsambeck team in California.

Drs. William Heward, Robert Horner and Tris Smith, among others, will be Keynote Speakers for next year’s 10th Conference to be held on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Enjoy the Valley for the weekend!
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Our Next Conference – Ethics in Professional Practice

Come to Cape Ann in August!  It’s a busy time on the north shore of Massachusetts in August, so make your hotel reservation today.

Our friends at the bbc homework help romans The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College are again hosting our 4th Annual ETHICS in Professional Practice Conference on their campus located on the coast in Beverly, MA on Friday, August 5th.

Drs. Aubrey Daniels, Michael Dorsey, Peter Gerhardt and Amanda Karsten will be presenting with Lorri Unumb of Autism Speaks this year. An interactive panel with representation from local universities, colleges and organizations is also planned. Registration is now open.

ETHICS Conference 2016

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2016 Annual Meeting of the Trustees

Our 2016 Annual Meeting of the Trustees will again be hosted by Dr. Aubrey Daniels International in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.

Beyond our review of the past year and planning for the next, we have presentations by Drs. J.E.R. Staddon and James Carr. Also, Dr. Carl Binder will be updating us on The Eden Consipiracy publication (see below).

Plan to join us on November 11-12 in Atlanta!  We have limited rooms at a reduced cost.  Find the hotel reservation link on our Events listing.

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New Publication – Volume II!
Volume II of Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service is now out! Copies are available through the CCBS Storeand will be for sale at the ABAI Convention Bookstore in Chicago. Following the first publication, we asked each of the five new contributors to prepare a response to the question:  Why and how did you come to this field? We asked them to tell their first person accounts in a way that would give the reader not only a sense of who they are but also how they applied the science to their unique area. We selected contributors who represent different areas of our science to give the reader a peek into how it was applied to different challenges. We imposed no stylistic guidelines, believing that authors would reveal much about themselves by the manner in which they chose to comply with our request. The resulting contributions from Drs. Bill Heward, Dwight Harshbarger, T.V. Joe Layng, Julie Smith and John Staddon are as varied as the individuals themselves.
Volume II Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service
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Behavior & Philosophy Volume 43 &
Plans for E-Publication

Volume 43 (2016) has been published online. 

Join Erik Arntzen, Editor, on the Behavior & Philosophy Facebook page.

E-Publication in the Works

Drs. Philip Hineline and T.V. Joe Layng are guiding a project to transfer our Behavior & Philosophy and BEHAVIORISM journal articles to eBook formats for wider distribution opportunities.

BEHAVIORISM, the journal, was founded in 1972 by Willard Day, a remarkable clinician/philosopher who nurtured a series of often ground-breaking essays that raised the visibility of contemporary behavioral thinking within the broader intellectual community. These comprised the first 13 years of the journal, which he handed over to the Center in 1984. In 1990 the journal was re-titled Behavior & Philosophy, and it has continued to the present day under a succession of capable editors.

Thanks to the volunteer effort of the Bxpl.us group for their collaboration to Bx Plusbring the journals into this new eBook format. They are currently transferring articles and experimenting with various ways of organizing the volumes and tables of contents. Since February 2013, Bx Plus aims to create a collaborative environment where students of behavior analysis are exposed to and pursue behavior analytic literature, philosophy and research. For more information about their group, visit http://bxpl.us or email info@bxpl.us.

Drs. Andy Bondy, Phil Hineline, Kent Johnson, TV Joe Layng, Jack Marr and Hank Pennypacker generously donated to support this project.

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Behavioral News of Interest from Other Organizations
Greg Hanley pic

The B.F. Skinner Foundation
Operants newsletter

Dr. Gregory Hanley Featured in Podcast

In the first episode of the Behavioral Observations Podcast, Matt Cicoria chats with Greg Hanley from Western New England University. “We find out about how being a terrible painter and having poor grades set Greg off on a path to being a prolific contributor to our field. In all seriousness, Greg talks about the development of the Interview Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis (IISCA) procedure, and patiently walks Matt through how to set up and conduct this type of assessment.”

This podcast is sponsored by our friends at Behavioral Science in the 21st Century.

Scientific American
Positive Reinforcement Helps Surgeons Learn Teaching physicians implement dog-training techniques to impart complex surgical skills

PM eZine – The Performance Management Magazine
Why Keep an Ethics Log? by Dr. Darnell Lattal

News from Safety-Doc.com – Dr. Timothy Ludwig’s Safety Blog
Are there Gaps in your Safety System?

News from The Art & Science of Animal Training
Bob Bailey and Marian Breland Bailey receive the 2016 Edward L. Anderson Jr. Award

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Preparing for the Future Help Center
Preparing for the Future

Trustee Darrel Bostow will be sharing his new website, Preparing for the Future, as a new Help Center on www.behavior.org.

“Are you concerned about current world events and how they relate to you personally? Are you interested in a scientific perspective rather than the confusing things you see in the media? If you had a clearer idea of what is happening would you take decisive action in your personal daily life? If yes, read on because that is the objective of this site.”

The Help Center should be live on behavior.org shortly.

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HABA 2016
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The Cambridge Center will be well-represented at HABA 2016, the 12thAnnual Convention of the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis, to be held on September 2 & 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presenters include CCBS Trustees and Advisors: Drs. William Heward, Janet Twyman, Andy Bondy, Darlene Crone-Todd and Rob Holdsambeck.
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Dr. Joe Harless’ The Eden Conspiracy
The Eden Conspiracy
Dr. Joe Harless was one of Dr. Carl Binder’s main mentors in the performance improvement world. Thanks to Carl and Dr. Harless’ widow, Carol Harless, the Center will be republishing The Eden Conspiracy, a visionary book by Dr. Joe Harless about designing educational curriculum anchored in the accomplishments students should be able to achieve professionally and as citizens, rather than being built around bodies of knowledge or subject matter. Read more online at www.behavior.org.
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Join us at the ABAI Reunion
ABAI

If you will be attending the ABAI Convention at the end of the month, it would be great to see you at our reunion, hosted with The Chicago School and B.F. Skinner Foundation.

# 365 Reunion
Monday, May 30, 2016: 9:00 PM–11:00 PM. Location: Vevey 3, Swissotel
Find this and other Reunions in the ABAI Program Online.

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Behavioral Safety Now 2016
BSN 2016

Trustee Dr. Terry McSween, with his team from Quality Safety Edge, is again hosting Behavioral Safety Now (BSN) to be held October 11-13, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. Now in its 22nd year, the Conference is the premier venue for collecting cutting-edge ideas and strategies for using behavioral technology to achieve safety goals. BSN includes an educational program for all levels of management, safety professionals and employee teams who are interested in learning about the behavioral safety approach.

Trustee Dr. Aubrey Daniels will be presenting a general session and our Commission on Accreditation–Behavior-Based Safety will be represented by Trustees Dr. Mark Alavosius, Chair, and Dr. Timothy Ludwig, Commission Member, during a workshop. Trustee Chuck Pettinger will also be holding a workshop.  Proceeds benefit the Center.  Early Bird registration ends May 30th.

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Trustee Listing

Behavioral Safety Now 2016

Over 55 convenient low-cost online continuing education course series offered exclusively through the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™ and the Office of ABA, University of West Florida.
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The Current Repertoire, (31), (2), Spring/Summer (2015)
The Current Repertoire
Spring/Summer 2015
Volume 31, Number 2
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From the Executive Director

Since our last newsletter, the Center has been running at full speed with the volunteer guidance and work of board members, trustees, advisors, and students along with the work of teams from collaborations with affiliate organizations and universities. I am very grateful for their support.

We officially began selling “Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service” at the 8th Annual West Coast Conference and had a more formal launch at the 2015 ABAI Convention.  We sold out of our allotment at ABAI and, to date, have over 200 copies in circulation. Through the guidance of my assistant, Advisor Amanda Laprime, our students, and the dedicated University of West Florida (UWF) team, we have developed companion online continuing education modules for the book. They are also working on ancillary materials to support the publication for use in graduate courses in ABA.  If you are, or somone you know is, considering adding this book to your ABA or related course, please connect with us for details.

I am pleased to report that the Board of Trustees recently elected Trustee Darnell Lattal to the Board of Directors.  Please join me in welcoming her to this energetic team.  Our Exceptional Student Group has new and returning students helping the Center with many initiatives we wouldn’t otherwise be able to accomplish without them.  Special thanks are in order for Josh Pritchard and Amanda Laprime for making the meeting at ABAI run so smoothly.

In August, the Center and The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College, is holding the 3rd Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference in Beverly, MA, and in October, Behavioral Safety Now, in its 21st year, takes place in Reno, NV, thanks to Trustee Terry McSween.  In April, we will host the 9th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism.  Please help us spread the word and join us if you can.

Presentations from our conferences continue to be recorded and transformed into continuing education modules through our collaboration with UWF.  We have 40 course modules plus the 18 modules corresponding to the chapters of our new book.  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Leasha Barry and her team at UWF for making this happen.  Not only is this a good source of revenue for the center but it also helps us meet our mission: sharing our science with others.

Our Commission on Accreditation – Behavioral Safety has recently accredited Marathon Petroleum Company, Texas Refining Division (TRD)and is accepting new applications and coordinating site visits in the coming months, including two re-accreditations and a new mine site in Montana.

Behavior.org continues to be improved.  Behavior in Organizations has been updated by Trustee Ramona Houmanfar and Alison Szarko.

And, please make your plans now to attend next year’s annual meeting to be held November 13-14 in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.  We recently received word that long time CCBS supporter and ABA superstar, Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff is hoping to attend. Drs. Darnell Lattal, Julie Smith and Janet Twyman are helping us organize a symposium celebrating our “Women in Leadership.”

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New Publication Launched

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service,” our latest publication, sold out at the 2015 ABAI Convention in Texas in May.

Andy Bondy, Abigail Calkin, Aubrey Daniels, Rob Holdsambeck, Kent Johnson, Dick Malott, Francis Mechner, Hank Pennypacker, and Tristram Smith were available and in demand at the book signing. (See photos)

Thanks to the Amanda Laprime, our Exceptional Students, and the UWF team, companion courses for individual chapters are available to earn BACB® CEs online.

Read Preface – And check out the artwork by Advisor Dr. Amanda Kelly (aka BehaviorBabe)
Author Thoughts

Buy the Book
Also available on Amazon.com.  Add to your next purchase!

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Welcome New Director, Dr. Darnell Lattal
Darnell Lattal
Alice Darnell Lattal, PhD, Executive Director of the Aubrey Daniels Institute, has been elected to our Board of Directors.  Darnell has served as a Trustee of the Center for many years and we look forward to her guidance in this new capacity.  Read about Darnell and our Directors on Our Leadership – Who We Are online at behavior.org.
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Marathon Petroleum Company, Texas Refining Division Accredited
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The Behavioral Safety Commission on Accreditation unanimously approved accreditation of The Marathon Petroleum Company, Texas Refining Division (TRD) in December 2014 after a site visit and recommendations made by Commissioners Sigurdur Sigurdssson and Don Kernan.

The TRD is an oil refinery that employs 280 and has an additional 225 contractors on site. In 1997, TRD implemented their behavior-based safety program, Marathon Employee Safety Awareness (MESA), a 22-person committee comprised of Marathon employees and contractor representatives.  Their full application and site visit report is available for review.  Congratulations to Marathon TRD for achieving accreditation and to the Commissioners for working diligently, growing this effective and successful program instituted under the direction of past Executive Director, Dwight Harshbarger in 2002.

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Exceptional Students

We welcome new and returning students to our Exceptional Student program, now in its third year.  Under the leadership of CCBS Advisors Josh Pritchard and Amanda Laprime, students are currently working on the following volunteer projects for the Center:

  • Wikipedia – Michelle Nelson, Katie Kavanaugh, and Paul Mahoney are assisting Amanda Laprime with the development of a page that outlines the history and current activities of the Center
  • CE Development – Ashley Williams, Hannah Greenwood, Josephine Southwick, Sorah Stein, Sean Field, and Thomas Ratkos, working with Amanda Laprime, are developing ancillary materials to support the new Center publication for use in graduate courses in ABA
  • Historical interactive timeline of educational practices – Katie Kavanaugh, Sorah Stein and Trustee Janet Twyman are researching facilities, publications, and tools/curricula engaged in this arena and are placing them on an online timeline
  • Behavior & Philosophy Archive/Database – Sean Field is coordinating archiving articles from 1972 with Katie Kavanaugh, Ashley Williams, Josephine Southwick and Advisor Erin Paulsen. Directors Philip Hineline and Joseph Morrow will work to vet articles for use in our continuing education series and are also considering printing books that contain several years of the journal to make available for select University libraries or collectors
  • Ongoing Assistance – All are helping with the promotion of CCBS events, publications, social media, and news along with much appreciated proofing of materials leaving the Center by Sorah Stein
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Behavior in Organizations Help Center Updated
Behavior in Organizations

Trustee Ramona Houmanfar, Editor, and student Alison Szarko, Associate Editor, University of Nevada, Reno, have updated the Behavior in Organizations help center on behavior.org, following the more user-friendly style developed and donated by Trustee Mary Burch for the Animal Behavior help center.

This section describes the subdisciplines of Organization Behavior Management (OBM), Performance Management (PM) and Behavioral Systems Analysis (BSA) and provides links to additional materials both on behavior.org and other websites. A comprehensive list of schools offering advanced training related to OBM was also added.

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Remembering Donald Pumroy
Donald Pumroy and Judy Blumenthal
A little over a year ago, Cambridge Center supporter and friend, Donald K. Pumroy, PhD, ABPP (CL), passed away at his home in Hyattsville, MD.  His longtime companion, Dr. Judy Blumenthal, also a supporter and friend of the Center, together with Trustees Dr. W. Joseph Wyatt and Dr. Roger W. McIntire memorialized Don’s contributions to behavior analysis recently during the 2015 ABAI Annual Convention in Texas.  Read about Don’s life and find a link to the memorial presentation through “An Inspirational Life” online at behavior.org.
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News of Interest from Other Organizations

Timothy Ludwig

Aubrey Daniels Institute

The B.F. Skinner Foundation
Operants newsletter

Insights on Safety-Doc.com

A free resource from Dr. Tim Ludwig with the goal of sharing the concepts and quirks involved to building a safety culture that protects and teaches.  Some stories are serious, some tales are ticklish, but all are there for you and your team.

His latest blog: Labeling is Easy: Dig Deeper to Change Behavior

The Paideia School: Educational Excellence

Dr. Darnell Lattal writes about a visit to Dr. Francis Mechner’s Queens Paideia School.  The Aubrey Daniels Institute brings the best practitioners and data-based examples to link educational need with experts who can make a difference.

Also visit the Institute’s The Behavioral Apparatus Virtual Museum!

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Behavioral Safety Now 2015
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Behavioral Safety Now 2015
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Conference Brings Behavioral Science to the Local Level

The 8th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism & Related Disorders was held on April 24, 2015 and was a success both financially for the Center and educationally for those in attendance.

Center Advisors Bill Ahearn, Bridget Taylor, and Matt Normand along with Trustee Hank Schlinger and Executive Director Rob Holdsambeck delivered well-received presentations to the 200 attendees.

Autism Conference
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ETHICS in Professional Practice Conference, Friday, August 7th – Visit MA!
Ethics in Professional Practice
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

From the Executive Director

New Publication Launched

Welcome New Director

Operants Newsletter from the B.F. Skinner Foundation

Insights from Safety-Doc.com

Aubrey Daniels Institute News

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The Current Repertoire, (31), (1), Winter (2015)

 

The Current Repertoire
Winter 2015
Volume 31, Number 1
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From the Executive Director

Photos from
the Annual
Meeting
(link to document)

The Center’s Annual Meeting of the Trustees was the largest in recent history.  Special thanks are in order for all who put it together, those that attended in person, and those that attended via our remote broadcast.  Our focused format has gotten good reviews and seems to allow for the right balance of business, networking, and intellectual stimulation.

Our first order of business was to elect Hank Pennypacker Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors.  Hank agreed to continue to provide leadership to the Center.  We also elected several new advisors, trustees and board members (see below) as well as re-elected returning, dedicated serving trustees.

Activities and the People Who Made Them Happen

During meetings, we revisited Center programs from the previous year and considered new initiatives.  Presenters and notable events/projects included:

  • Oliver Wirth – Behavioral Safety Accreditation
  • Joshua Pritchard – Exceptional StudentsAnnualMeeting2014_Photo_Collage-2
  • Jeff Kupfer – Update on the New Brain Injury Help Section (see below)
  • Leasha Barry and Michelle Nelson – University of West Florida (UWF), Office of ABA, Continuing Education Collaboration (A thanks to Karen Wagner for previously posted online courses to be transferred to UWF.)
  • Terry McSween – Behavioral Safety Now Conference
  • Erik Arntzen – Behavior and Philosophy journal
  • Amanda Laprime – 25 years of history condensed from issues of The Current Repertoire for Wikipedia development. “In our understanding of behavior lies the future”
  • Rob Holdsambeck – A review of the 7th annual West Coast Conference on Autism and a preview of the 8th, scheduled for April 2015.  Endicott College collaboration – A review of the 2nd Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference and a preview of the 3rd annual event, scheduled for August 2015.
And as an added bonus:
  • Marius Rietdijk – Presented an entertaining and informative talk on addicting lay people to behavior analysis
Attendees were also fortunate to enjoy two presentations:
Philip Hineline presented  “An Elephant in Our Verbal Room”
Janet Twyman presented “Blending Behavior Science and Digital Technology: Are We Ready for “Education 3.0?”

Both will be converted to online continuing education modules through the UWF, Office of ABA. (As of this publication, “An Elephant in Our Verbal Room” is available.)  (See below.) 

And, through the technical team of UWF including Michelle Nelson, Dayna Lee Beddick and Erin Delle, we again expanded our reach through a live webcast of the meeting.  Each year, we grow in numbers and geographical reach.

An old publication resurrected and a new publication announced

Behavior and Philosophy
As some of you are aware, our flagship journal needed some work to get it back in shape and out to the public.  At last year’s meeting it was the strong consensus of the trustees that the work needed to be done and the journal needed to continue its tradition of excellence.   Fortunately, Erik Arntzen agreed to take the helm and serve as our new editor. Hank and I are pleased to announce that our recent edition is now available on our website.   If you find a moment, please thank Erik and his team for their dedication and professionalism.

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery and Service
Last but not least, a new Center publication was announced.   The idea has been tossed around for some time but it is finally becoming a reality. The book is an attempt to use the narratives of prominent CCBS associates to tell the story of our science.  Our hope is that the book provides some inspiration to those who may not be aware of our history or our reach in providing solutions to significant problems. We are pleased to be working with Bill Webber from Sloan Publishing. Bill graciously agreed to donate his time to support this effort on behalf of CCBS and our mission.  For our first edition, we have 18 contributing authors. Hank commented, “I was excited when I heard about this project, but this pales to the excitement I experienced when I read some of these chapters.”  We hope to publish in time for the May ABAI Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Watch for our announcements.

To give you a sense of the book here are the initial contributors and their chapter titles:

CCBS Book Titles

The book should make an excellent addition to your own personal collection.  We also hope that you consider adding it to your syllabi or sharing it with colleagues along the way.  All the proceeds go to help support our mission.

Please make your plans now to attend next year’s annual meeting to be held November 13-14 in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.

Rob
Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
Executive Director
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Annual Meeting Elections
New & Returning Leadership

We are pleased to announce new and returning leadership of the Center.

Incoming Director Dr. Timothy Ludwig noted, “I am honored to follow those distinguished colleagues who have led the Cambridge Center and I hope to keep and strengthen that tradition.  Our mission to apply behavioral science to prevent and relieve human suffering strikes a significant chord with the business persons I come in contact with.  They are diligently looking for solutions to their injury, health, and environmental challenges and are looking more and more to behavioral science for answers.  The Cambridge Center’s scientific standing helps us break through the otherwise bifurcated market of charlatans professing behavioral approaches and naysayers who misrepresent the behaviorist approach.  But our voice must be louder, our solutions broader, and our impact greater.  As the Center regains its footing we must invest in our marketing, invest in our young scientist/practitioners, and demonstrate our impact.  We should have high expectations of each other because the world has high expectations of us.”

And a few words from Dr. Philip Hinline, also newly elected Director, “In its early days I saw the Cambridge Center as one of three highly visible entities representing our field;  the other two were the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, publishing JEAB and JABA, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International, which grew like Topsy from its local origins.  Additional players have emerged over the ensuing years, but the Cambridge center still has important roles to play. I look forward to doing my part in sustaining that work, following upon the efforts of the distinguished colleagues who preceded the present team.”

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A complete list of our CCBS Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows & Exceptional Students found on behavior.org.

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Below Zero from Safety-Doc.com
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That Zero Harm goal on all the posters may seem insurmountable. A more fruitful path is to get to the numbers behind the number… a path to get you below zero.

Dr. Timothy Ludwig discusses best-in-practice behavioral safety programs and the Center’s accreditation program including innovations in behavioral safety at Costain Ltd., a CCBS accredited construction company in England. Costain Ltd. was recently awarded re-accreditation for their program.

Link to article on behavior.org.

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A Behavior Analyst Goes to the Animal Shelter
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Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova discusses her research centered on systematically developing behavioral interventions to increase adoption rates at shelters.

Link to article on behavior.org.

Congratulations to Dr. Protopopova.  As of the date of publication, Sasha has earned her doctorate!

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New Brain Injury Help Center
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As announced in the last issue, Jeff Kupfer has been updating the Brain Injury Help Center.  The new Center is now live!

The revised help center contains information related to brain injury and the behavioral challenges that often follow.  An extensive bibliography for Applied Behavior Analysis and Brain Injury treatment, information on community involvement, brain injury support and career opportunities are also posted.

Other section features include:

Murray Rita Sidman
Did you know that the earliest research on aphasia by Dr. Murray Sidman and his colleagues began in Massachusetts in the 1960s to treat persons with brain injury with severe aphasia? These important papers contain data that are more understandable in view of the later work explicitly on equivalence relations. Find PDFs of these classic papers plus an extensive Behavior Analysis and Aphasia Bibliography.

A thank you goes to Jeff Kupfer, Nicole Chandonnet, Randy Buzan, Murray Sidman and the Learning Services Corporation.

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Behavior & Philosophy
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News of Interest from Other Organizations
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The B.F. Skinner Foundation
Operants newsletter

Free Excerpt from Dr. Teodoro Ayllon’s Parenting Book

Head Strong presents a breakthrough parenting approach geared towards helping parents solve problematic behavior patterns exhibited by their children. Repetitive behaviors that challenge parents can be difficult and wearisome to deal with, leading to stress and emotional strain. (Offered through Aubrey Daniels International.)

Dr. Matthew Normand’s Blog
Matthew Normand highlights and discusses “Getting Hooked: How Digital Firms Create Products That Get in Your Head” from The Economist.
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Behavioral Safety Now 2015 Call for Papers
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Behavioral Safety Now is accepting speaker proposals for BSN2015 scheduled for October 6-8 in Reno, Nevada.

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with others! Proposals will be received for consideration at any time up to the deadline of July 1, 2015.

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New CE Course – Dr. Phil Hineline

The Center continues to partner with the University of West Florida to process your presentations and present them online providing continuing education opportunities.

Dr. Phil Hineline’s, “An elephant in our verbal room”, recorded at the 2014 CCBS Annual Meeting of the Trustees, is now available at the UWF, Office of ABA website.

Go to UWF ABA Website
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8th Annual West Coast Conference
Friday, April 24, 2015
Autism & Related Disorders
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

From the Executive Director

Annual Meeting Elections

Below Zero from Safety-Doc.com

Costain Ltd. Achieves
Re-accreditation

A Behavior Analyst Goes to the Animal Shelter

New Brain Injury Help Center Live

Behavior and Philosophy publishes Volume 41

News of Interest from Other Organizations:

Operants Newsletter from the B.F. Skinner Foundation

Aubrey Daniels International Offers Free Excerpt from Dr. Teodoro Ayllon’s Parenting Book

Dr. Matthew Normand’s Blog – Current Directions in Behavioral Scenice

Behavioral Safety Now 2015 Call for Papers

New CE Course – Dr. Phil Hineline

8th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism & Related Disorders

10 Ways to Help Support Our Mission

Trustee_List_for_NEWSLETTER

Behavioral Safety Now 2015

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The Current Repertoire, (30), (3), Fall (2014)
The Current Repertoire
Fall 2014
Volume 30, Number 3
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From the Executive Director

In preparing this missive, I read through Hank’s summary in the last Current Repertoire.  Let me assure you that though it is true that Hank must briefly rotate off the Board, he will continue to provide leadership to our Center.  In fact, at our most recent board meeting we took the unusual step of nominating him for Chairman Emeritus status. I hope the trustees voting in November will confirm that appointment.  I will continue to rely on him and the other members who are rotating off the board during the coming year.  Our Board of Directors will be replenished at our upcoming annual meeting and we will move forward. We have some exciting candidates.

Since the last issue several exciting things have happened. You may have heard of or seen pictures of an amazing bust of B.F. Skinner that was tragically damaged in a fire back in the 80’s.  Betsy Constantine worked hard to get the bust back to the sculptor, Gilda Oliver, who completed repairs as a gift to the Center.  I am happy to report that the bust is back on display, currently at Endicott College.  More about the unveiling along with photographs may be found below.

We successfully completed another Ethics conference in August with our friends at Endicott College.  Special thanks are in order for Janet Twyman, Andy Bondy, and Hank Pennypacker who once again donated their time and talents to making this a success.   Of course the event would not have happened were it not for the fine work of Tom Zane, Mary Jane Weiss, and Michael Dorsey at the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College.  We were also delighted to have a special visit from Julie Vargas who helped us unveil the bust of her late father.  She and I began discussions on ways in which the B.F. Skinner Foundation and CCBS can work together. In fact you will notice that a link to their quarterly publication, Operants, is now available to you as a recipient of the Current Repertoire.  Likewise those who now get Operantswill be given a copy of our Current Repertoire.  You should hear more about that in the months to come.

The collaboration with Endicott College is not the only one under way.  Leasha Barry and Michelle Nelson of the University of West Florida have been helping us convert historic tapes that we found in the CCBS archives.  We hope to have these available soon through our website. Our hope is to cultivate partners that allow us to share these valuable resources at little or no cost to the public.    In addition UWF has been taping our conferences, editing talks, and posting offerings for our growing CE program.  As you can imagine, this is an expensive and time-consuming process.  We needed a partner with the resources to bear the upfront time and expense to make this work.  If you or someone you know needs continuing education credits or just want to see some great talks, please direct them to our website.  If you have a non-copyrighted talk that you would like to donate to CCBS, please get in touch with us.

As Hank mentioned, Erik Arntzen has taken the helm of our flagship journal, Behavior and Philosophy.  At our last annual meeting there was a great deal of support for continuing to publish this journal.  We discussed possibly merging this effort with ABAI but the journal was not ready.  There was much work to be done.  Special thanks to Marta Leon for helping get us on the right track.  We also really appreciate the professional attention that Erik is providing.  Submissions are growing again and we hope to see that trend continue.  If you have something to contribute please get in touch with Erik.

As I type, final plans are underway for the Annual Meeting of the Trustees in November.  The format will be similar to last year with most of us gathering for an informal social on Friday evening and attending our business meeting on Saturday. This year we will have two special invited addresses: Philip Hineline presents “An Elephant in Our Verbal Room” and Janet Twyman presents “Blending Behavior Science and Digital Technology: Are We Ready for “Education 3.0″

Our annual meetings are one of the most important events of the year for our trustees, advisors and supporters.  As Hank mentioned, we have made them shorter, less expensive, and more accessible.  Aubrey Daniels has graciously donated his lovely conference facility for the meeting for the 6th year.  If you are a trustee and cannot attend in person, please attend remotely through our webcast and have your vote registered.  If you cannot attend in person nor remotely, make sure you appoint a proxy for your vote prior to the meeting.  Rebekah and our crew from UWF will be happy to assist you with remote attendance protocols.  The afternoon sessions will be open to the public for a small fee to cover our costs.  I hope to have you there of course.  Socializing and networking with the amazing people of the Center is well worth the trip.

In closing, you may have heard rumors that Hank and I are editing a book of stories to inform the public about some important people and projects in our science.  Those rumors are true.  We are gratefully indebted to all the authors who donated their time and shared their stories.  All the profits will go to help support the future work of the Center.  Hank and I will share the details at the annual meeting.  You won’t want to miss that!
Cheers,

Rob
Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
Executive Director

Special thanks to our Board of Directors and special contributors.

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Recap from Ethics 2014

On Friday, August 8th, CCBS and the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College held the 2nd annual Ethics Conference on their campus in Beverly, MA.

Beyond outstanding presentations by Andy Bondy, PhD, Michael F. Dorsey, PhD, BCBA-D, Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D, Hank Pennypacker, PhD and Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, a panel discussion was led by Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D and Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D.

A highlight of the event was the formal unveiling of the Cambridge Center’s bust of B.F. Skinner, recently restored by the original artist Gilda Oliver.  Dr. Julie Vargas, Dr. Skinner’s daughter, was a special guest along with Gilda for the unveiling.

Gilda Oliver and Julie Vargas unveiling the bust.
See more photos online at behavior.org.

The conference Powerpoint presentations are available online and, again, thanks to Leasha Barry PhD and her team at University of West Florida, the presentations will be made available as online CE courses.

Save August 7, 2015 for the 3rd annual conference at Endicott!

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Science, Fads and ABA: The Vaccine and Autism Connection: The Wakefield Study Once Again Discredited

Summer is over and as we head into the colder months, we know that the flu season is rapidly approaching. And once again, the controversy about the vaccination of children flares anew. Should children be vaccinated or not? What are the risks?

Link to article on behavior.org.

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Behavioral Safety Now – Marathon Petroleum, MRD, Re-Accreditation Awarded
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The 20th Behavioral Safety Now Conference features many of the Center’s leaders, including our executive director, Rob Holdsambeck, presenting opening remarks.  This year, Timothy Ludwig, PhD, and Sigurdur (Siggi) Sigurdsson, PhD, will be presenting a Re-Accreditation Award to Marathon Petroleum Company, Michigan Refining Division.

Mark Alavosius, Chair of the Commission, remarked about the Marathon Re-Accreditation, “The CCBS Safety Accreditation Commission is very pleased to see the sustained results achieved by the Circle of Safety (COS) committee at the Marathon refinery in Detroit. Another excellent example of applied behavior science to improve human welfare.  See their application and the Commissioners’ site report for details,” said Mark Alavosius, Chair of the Commission.

Our Accreditation program is thriving, thanks to the Commission’s dedicated work.

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New Brain Injury Help Center

Thanks to Jeff Kupfer, PhD, the Center is in the final stages of completing the new Brain Injury Help Center on behavior.org. The revised help center will contain information related to brain injury and the behavioral challenges that often follow, as well as an overview of strategies for addressing some of these challenges.

The webpage contains an extensive bibliography for Applied Behavior Analysis and Brain Injury treatment, as well as information on community involvement, brain injury support, and careers opportunities.

There are two new tutorials that were generously provided by Nicole Chandonnet, MS, SLP-CCC on using errorless learning and co-treatment procedures in speech therapy, and by Randy Buzan, MD on rationale and strategies for reducing psychotropic medication in persons with brain injury.

The webpage also contains an archive featuring the early aphasia research by Dr. Murray Sidman and his colleagues. In addition to the bibliography, we will feature PDFs of these classic papers.

Look for the new Brain Injury webpage in the coming months.

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Erik Arntzen, PhD, University of Oslo, Norway, Brings New Vitality to Behavior & Philosophy

New articles from Volume 41 of our Behavior & Philosophyjournal are now posted online.

Erik Artnzen and his editorial assistant, Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir, call for papers at the recent EABA conference in Stockholm.

Join Erik on Facebook on his new Behavior & Philosophy page.

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News of Interest from Other Organizations
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Exceptional Student Group 2014

Joshua K. Pritchard, PhD, BCBA-D, Florida Institute of Technology, has agreed to help the Center by guiding our student volunteers for the upcoming year.

New Students: Sean Field, Amy Henley, Katie Kavanaugh, Brandon Onstott-Martinez, Thom Ratkos, Josephine Southwick and Sorah Stein

Returning Students: Apral Foreman, Ken Killingsworth, Amanda Laprime, Erin Paulsen, Alexandra Protopopova,  Mary Sawyer and Daryl Stewart

Sean Field has already helped by creating and funding “Where We Are” showing the locations of our Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors and Students.  Thank you Sean!

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New CE Courses – CCBS & UWF Collaboration

The Center continues to partner with the University of West Florida to process your presentations and present them online providing continuing education opportunities.

Our Ethics in Professional Practice 2013 presentations are available, along with those made during our 2013 Annual Meeting of the Trustees.

The latest CE offering features an interview with Dr. Murray Sidman.

Find our CE courses with UWF on behavior.org.

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Join Us for our Annual Meeting of the Trustees – November 15, 2014

Join us in person or through a live webcast to learn more about the Center and enjoy two terrific presentations:

Dr. Philip Hineline: “An Elephant in Our Verbal Room”
Dr. Janet Twyman: “Blending Behavior Science and Digital Technology: Are We Ready for “Education 3.0″

Hotel information and webcast registration.

Register for joining us in person.

ALL are welcome!  Trustees are voting members of the Center.

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8th Annual West Coast Conference
Friday, April 24, 2015
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Operants Newsletter from the B.F. Skinner Foundation

IESCUM’s 11th International Congress on Behavior Studies

Behavior Analysis Digest International

CCBS Trustee List

BSN

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The Current Repertoire, (30), (2), Spring/Summer (2014)
The Current Repertoire
Newsletter of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™
Spring/Summer 2014
Volume 30, Number 2
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From the Chair
Hank Pennypacker

The last two years have seen major changes in the governance and operation of the Center. Like President Obama, I am nearing the conclusion of my second term in this office and, like him, I am term limited. I will be stepping down after the next meeting of the trustees.I am therefore taking this opportunity to review some of the events of the recent past and make some prognostications for the future

Formerly there was a long tradition of gathering annually, generating a huge slate of creative ideas and then leaving.  The Director and his or her minimal staff were left to carry them out. Not surprisingly, very few actually reached fruition. Meanwhile, the once-thought-to-be unlimited resources of the Center were rapidly dwindling.

Under the leadership of Rob Holdsambeck and Andy Bondy, this situation has been reversed. The financial bleeding has been staunched and a positive cash flow is now a realistic aspiration. More important, a new spirit of collective action has replaced the venerated custom of academic deliberation. Here are a few examples:

  • Leasha Barry and Michelle Nelson with the help of their crew at the University of West Florida (new course announcement below) have revived the CE production process and several of the items we all knew were somewhere but had never seen are now up and being viewed by individuals seeking CE’s for their certification requirements. A modest but steady flow of revenue is a result.
  • More Trustees are again making real contributions to the content of the website. Mary Burch has created an excellent piece on animal training and Jeff Kupfer has produced a very clear and informative piece on closed head brain injury. Julie Smith and her company, CLG, have agreed to give the Behavior in Organizations/OBM site a makeover and other similar projects are in the works.
  • Behavior and Philosophy, long the Center’s flagship journal, is being revived under the editorship of Erik Arntzen who is also an editor of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Erik’s many contacts in the international academic community will insure a steady flow of manuscripts meeting the high standards of recent editors, Jay Moore and Jack Marr.
  • The Behavioral Safety Accreditation group under the leadership of Tim Ludwig and Mark Alavosius is expanding its activity under pressure from many in industry who see the value of Accreditation by the Center. Under consideration is creation of a similar program to accredit organizations with respect to their efforts to enhance the  sustainability of their operations. A model example is furnished by a hotel in Lake Tahoe which showed substantial operating savings while aiding the environment in a number of salutary ways. Mark Alavosius was a key figure in this activity.
  • The Exceptional Student Initiative is the brainchild of Rob Holdsambeck with great assists from Janet Twyman and Bill Heward. They solicited from faculty members around the country nominations of well-qualified students who would be willing to assist in the activities of the Center.  The first such group met at ABAI last year and, thanks to the generosity of Directors Andy Bondy, Aubrey Daniels, and Julie Smith together with Rob Holdsambeck, a few attended the annual Trustee meeting. Josh Pritchard is coordinating the group’s activities this year. Amanda Laprime will be assisting Josh with his efforts. They met again at ABAI and will be represented this fall at the trustees meeting.
  • The format of the annual meeting (Nov 14-15) has been changed. It has been shortened to a single day and features reports by each of the trustees responsible for a particular activity. As before, discussion follows each report. Unlike before, suggestions for additional activities must be accompanied by a commitment on the part of the suggester to actually carry out the activity. Also, as before, there is a featured speaker and a convivial banquet.
  • Our conferences are growing in both number and popularity. Last summer’s cooperative conference on ethics with Endicott College was successful and will be repeated this summer. The annual West Coast Conference on Autism was successful as usual. The Behavioral Safety Now conference managed by Terry McSween and his team was also extremely successful. Proceeds from those events have been instrumental in keeping the Center in the black this year.
These are a few of the highlights of our current effort. There are a number of new projects in the pipeline that will be announced as they mature. In all, I believe the Center’s future is bright. In particular, we are bringing new, energetic young blood aboard. As our financial situation gains stability, we can look forward to many more years of carrying out our mission with measurable effectiveness and success.
Hank
Hank Pennypacker, PhD
Chair, Board of Directors
Murray Sidman & Hank Pennypacker
Thanks from the Executive Director
There are many advisors, trustees and friends of the Center who donate their time and expertise. Thanks goes to a few in particular who went above and beyond this past year:
Conference Coordinators & Collaborations:
  • Terry McSween & his team at Quality Safety Edge
  • Institute for Behavioral Studies, The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College
  • Team Holdsambeck
  • Leasha Barry and her team at The Office of ABA at UWF
Donated Talks:
  • Ted Ayllon
  • Andy Bondy
  • Aubrey Daniels
  • Peter Gerhardt
  • Bill Heward
  • Rob Holdsambeck
  • Jay Moore
  • Hank Pennypacker
  • Tris Smith
  • Mary Jane Weiss
  • Tom Zane
Annual Meeting Host:
Aubrey Daniels & ADI staff
Board of Directors 2013-2014:
  • Andy Bondy, Vice Chair
  • Bill Heward
  • Joe Layng
  • Chuck Merbitz, Treasurer
  • Hank Pennypacker, Chair
  • Julie Smith
  • Tom Zane, Clerk
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Make Plans Now
Come to the Annual Meeting
2014 Annua lMeeting

Our 2014 Annual Meeting of the Trustees will again be hosted by Aubrey Daniels and his team at the Aubrey Daniels International headquarters in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia.

An informal get together is planned for Friday evening, November 14, with the business meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 15.  A more formal dinner is planned for Saturday evening.

Register today.

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West Coast Autism Conference
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In April 2014, we held our 7th Annual West Coast Conference, Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions, in Buellton, CA. Over 160 attendees learned from CCBS experts at the local level.

Our thanks go to presenters Peter Gerhardt, Bill Heward, Rob Holdsambeck, and Daniel Unumb; along with our panel Marianne Jackson, Chair, Amanda Nicolson Adams, Heather Flores, and Kae Yabuki.

Team Holdsambeck volunteers staffed and Leasha Barry and her UWF team videoed for our online continuing education series.

Enjoy photos from the conference.

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Science, Fads and ABA: Who are You Going to Believe, Me or Your Own Eyes: The Use of Pre-Post Test Designs to Evaluate Effectiveness of Autism Treatments by Dr. Thomas Zane
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Researchers and clinicians often attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of an autism treatment by using this common “pre-post” test design.  Does this design provide convincing proof that the treatment caused the improvement in the variable(s) being measured?

Link to article on behavior.org.

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2nd Annual Ethics Conference
Ethics Conference 2014

On Friday, August 8, CCBS and the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College will host the annual Ethics Conference.

  • Andy Bondy, PhD
  • Michael F. Dorsey, PhD, BCBA-D
  • Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
  • Hank Pennypacker, PhD
  • Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA
  • Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D and Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, Facilitators for the Interactive Panel Discussion.

This event provides BACB® CEs for ethics, APA CEs and Teaching PDPs. Endicott College is located on the Atlantic Ocean in Beverly, MA, about 30 minutes north of Boston. THE place to be in August. Hope to see you there!
Register Today.

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Bringing Skinner Home
BF Skinner Bust made in 1986 by Gilda-Oliver

Commissioned in the 80’s by CCBS, this fabulous bust of B.F. Skinner is being returned to us after repairs made by the artist, Gilda Oliver.

Read more about the bust, the artist and the journey home.

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Articles of Interest

Mary Burch

Chelsea Wilhite

Richard Hastings PhD

Roger McIntire

Training Tips from the 1950’s
Dr. Mary Burch provides a glimpse into her past while sharing Rudd Weatherwax’s positive reinforcement training tips from the popular toy, Lassie Trick Trainer. As originally published on the Citizen Canine blog.

Live It! Four-Legged Family Members
Chelsea Wilhite writes about colleague Hayley Heitzig’s use of behavioral methods re-training her Lab due to degenerating eyesite. As originally publsihed in the recently revived Behavior Analysis Digest International (BADI).  Now edited by Benjamin Witts, BADI was founded by Trustee Joseph Wyatt in 1989.

Autism at school: 7 Questions for Parents
Most children with autism require a tailored approach which involves educational interventions designed to address their specific needs. The best way to figure which interventions will work best is by asking questions of educators based on a scientific model of evidence. This article was originally published on The Conversation and ProfHasting’s blog: http://profhastings.blogspot.co.uk.

Parenting Styles
Dr. Roger McIntire gives easy-to-follow parenting tips based on the principles of behavior analysis. As originally published on www.parentsuccess.com.

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NEW Online ETHICS CE Courses
University of West Florida, Office of ABA

Applying the Guidelines in Context: Ethical Decision Making, Ethical Supervision, and Ethical Training
Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, Institute for Behavioral Studies, The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College

Business Ethics, Is There Really Such a Thing?
Aubrey Daniels, PhD, Aubrey Daniels International

Multicultural Aspects of Ethical Practice
Andy Bondy, PhD, Pyramid Educational Consultants.

The Ethics of Buying in Without Selling Out
Hank S. Pennypacker, PhD, University of Florida, Emeritus and MammaCare Corp.

Rob, Hank, Andy & Aubrey
UWF CE Opportunities
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Contribute to CCBS
Join Us

Thank you for your continued valued support, through both your service and through your financial contributions. Without you the work of the Center would not be possible.

Join Us Today!

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Attend the Premier Conference on Behavioral Safety – October 7-9
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Behavioral Safety Now 2014
Buffalo, New York

Get insights, best practices and success stories in behavior-based safety and behavioral techniques. Now in it’s 20th year, the Behavioral Safety Now Conference is the premier venue for collecting cutting-edge ideas and strategies to improve safety, quality, customer service and productivity. Join the industry’s most innovative thinkers sharing practical ideas for creating peak performance workplaces.

Keynote Presenters:   

Aubrey Daniels, PhD
E. Scott Geller, PhD
Angelica Grindle, PhD
Tom Krause, PhD
Timothy Ludwig, PhD
Lori Scharff

Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Center! Thanks go to Terry McSween and his team for producing this powerful and highly successful conference.

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Training Tips from the 1950’s

Live It! Four-Legged Family Members

Parenting Styles

Autism at school: seven questions for parents

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Poster ETHICS2014

The Current Repertoire, (30), (1), Winter/Spring (2014)
The Current Repertoire
Winter/Spring 2014
Volume 30, Number 1
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From the Executive Director
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Thanks to the excellent efforts of our board, our trustees, and advisors 2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year for our center.

On April 25th we will host our 7th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism and Related Disorders. This year’s event returns to the beautiful central coast of California. Those of you buried under winter weather, might consider a visit to a part of the country where our average temperature for the month of February has been around 70 degrees. This years speakers include Bill Heward, Peter Gerhardt and Lorri Unumb, the parent who wrote this country’s first law getting ABA coverage for Autism. Our colleagues at Cal State Fresno are leading an incredible panel on diversity and I will give a talk on understanding chaos and managing stress. If you are unable to attend please help us get the word out to others. Registrationinformation and links are available on www.behavior.org.

Our newly formed group of graduate students has been busy helping us in various ways. A brief report of these activities can be found in this edition of The Current Repertoire. Many of you had the opportunity to meet some student representatives at this year’s annual meeting in Atlanta. Thanks to generous donations from board members Andy Bondy, Aubrey Daniels, Julie Smith and Team Holdsambeck, students were able to attend without charge. I know they profited greatly from the experience of networking with our group. In addition they were a big help with taking notes and preparing the minutes. Among other agenda items at our May meeting in Chicago will be a discussion of this program. If you would like to nominate a student for next year’s cohort please send your suggestions to Hank Pennypacker or to me. We hope to keep the group relatively small but always appreciate the opportunity to work with talented incoming scientists, students, and practitioners. If you have not yet met our students or would like to reconnect, please consider attending our reunion at ABAI in Chicago. We should all give a special thanks to Janet Twyman and Bill Heward for getting this tradition underway.

On August 8th we will once again be teaming with The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College to present a conference on Ethics. Last years event featured Aubrey Daniels, Hank Pennypacker, Andy Bondy, Mary Jane Weiss and a special panel led by newly elected board member Thomas Zane. Andy is returning this year along with Janet Twyman, Michael Dorsey and me. Last year’s event was filmed by Endicott College and is being developed for continuing education by our CE committee led by Leasha Barry, Judah Axe, and Karen Wagner. Leasha’s team at the University of West Florida is providing all of the logistical support for this transformation effort free-of-charge to the Center. (The UWF team will also develop your audio/video presentation into a CE course for the Center.) Special thanks are in order for their fine efforts.

On October 7th of this year the 20th Behavioral Safety Now Conference will be held in Buffalo, NY. I had the pleasure of attending last year’s event in Reno and it was incredible. Terry McSween and his team have devoted countless hours to organizing and executing this annual event. It is clear that many of the principles of our science are making a meaningful impact on workplace safety due to the efforts of our trustees Terry, Aubrey Daniels, Scott Geller, Tim Ludwig and Mark Alavosius, to name a few. If you have not kept up with the exciting things happening in the field of behaviorally based safety, this event is well worth attending. In addition to the fine presentations Terry has planned, you can also enjoy a tour of Niagara Falls. If your touring repertoire is a bit more restricted, I suspect the Anchor Bar in Buffalo will be serving up mass quantities of their famous wings as well.

You have been very generous with me as I learn the nuances of my position. Our annual meeting this year was a big success in many ways. At your suggestion we made it cheaper, shorter, accessible online, and still managed to have enough time to gather with old friends and make some new ones. Thanks to donations of space by Aubrey Daniels, donations of tech support from the University of West Florida, and fine talks by Jay Moore and Tristan Smith, we were able to pull this off and cover all of the center’s costs. I continue to be impressed by the number of talented people who support our center and its mission. The conferences mentioned above are an important vehicle for meeting our mission of getting our science out to the public. However, there are many others. There is a list of ten ways you can help in this edition of The Current Repertoire. If you have other ideas or would like to participate more fully, contact me through holdsambeck@behavior.org.

Respectfully submitted,
Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D
Executive Director

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Elections 2014 ~ Guiding CCBS

Board of Directors: Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D was elected and agreed to serve. (A list of our Leadership is found online.)

Thanks go to Trustee Aubrey Daniels who has rotated off our Board of Directors.

Trustees: The following agreed and were elected to serve three year terms as Trustees. Joseph Dagen, PhD, Svein Eikeseth, PhD, Richard Foxx, PhD, Richard Hastings, PhD, Thomas C. Mawhinney, PhD, Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, and Oliver Wirth, PhD. (Bios available online from nomination process)

The following agreed to serve and were re-elected to three-year terms as Trustees. William Abernathy, PhD, Mark Alavosius, PhD, Paul Andronis, PhD, Leasha Barry, PhD, Marc Branch, PhD, A Charles Catania, PhD, Philip Chase, PhD, Kathleen Dyer, PhD, Lanny Fields, PhD, Patrick Friman, PhD, William Heward, EdD, Ramona Houmanfar, PhD, Michael (Mickey) Keenan, DPhil, Jeff Kupfer, PhD, Timothy Ludwig, PhD, Armando Machado, PhD, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, PhD, Francis Mechner, PhD, Charles Merbitz, PhD, Paolo Moderato, PhD, James Mulick, PhD, Claire St. Peter Pipkin, PhD, and Thomas Zane, PhD.

Advisors: The following agreed to serve and were elected as Advisors: Dayna Lee Beddick, MEd, BCBA, Chanti Fritzsching Waters, MS, BCBA, Sigrid Glenn, PhD, and Susan Schneider, PhD.

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Science, Fads and ABA: Chelation Therapy: Warning by the Food and Drug Administration by Dr. Thomas Zane
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a press statement (2010) concluding that over-the-counter chelation remedies are considered unapproved drugs and devices, and that unproven claims about their effectiveness will be considered a violation of federal law. Specifically, the FDA targeted eight companies that promote chelation therapy as effective at solving numerous health problems. Although the FDA has approved chelating products only for lead poisoning and iron overload, these particular companies market chelation for problems other than those two metals, and also market screening tests claimed to detect the presence of heavy metals in the body.

Link to article on behavior.org.

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CCBS & Endicott College Hosting 2nd Annual Ethics Conference, August 2014
Ethics Conference 2014

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Cambridge Center and the Institute for Behavioral Studies at Endicott College will host the annual Ethics Conference. This year’s conference speakers:

  • Andy Bondy, PhD, Pyramid Educational Consultants
  • Michael F. Dorsey, PhD, BCBA-D, Director, Institute for Behavioral Studies, The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College
  • Rob Holdsambeck, EdD, LCP, BCBA-D, Executive Director, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and Holdsambeck and Associates, Inc.
  • Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

This annual event draws behavior analysts from all over New England, and provides BACB-approved Continuing Education credits for ethics as well as APA CEs. Endicott College is located on the Atlantic Ocean in Beverly, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes north of Boston. Hope to see you there!

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Progress and Positivity: An Interview with a Behavior-Based Safety Facilitator at the Marathon Petroleum Company LP in Detroit, Michigan
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Developing a positive and safety-oriented culture in any organization is no easy task. Every now and then, though, a company stands out from the others in both safety and performance. Such is the case with the Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) refinery in Detroit, Michigan.

In April 2011, the behavior-based safety (BBS) process at the Detroit refinery received accreditation by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies by unanimous vote. The BBS process under scrutiny was MPC’s “Circle of Safety” (COS).

The following interview features Radwan Dagher, an MPC employee serving as BBS facilitator at the Detroit site.

Read complete interview on behavior.org.

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Articles of Interest

Terry McSween
Dr. Timothy Ludwig

Megan Coatley

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Exceptional Student Group Lends Many Hands
A few of our Exceptional Students

Our Exceptional Student Group formed in May 2013 has been busy helping the Center. Four of the group attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Trustees, providing much needed support, recording and formalizing the minutes.  Some are using their social media skills helping with marketing, and others are organizing web improvement projects, cleaning our databases, testing new technology, assisting our Executive Director on various projects and writing articles for us (See Progress and Positivity by Ken Killingsworth, MA). Only a few of our dedicated volunteers are spotlighted here.

Learn about our Students online.

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Contribute CEUs to CCBS
Continuing EducationUWF ABA Program

A chance for your presentations to live on through continuing education modules!  The Center has partnered with the University of West Florida to process your presentations and present them online providing CEUs.

Learn about the process on behavior.org.

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Certificates of Appreciation Presented During the Annual Meeting
Award

Lifetime Achievement Award
Teodoro J. Ayllon, PhD for decades of outstanding contributions to the science and application of behavior analysis.

Awards of Appreciation
John C. Moore, PhD
for serving as the editor of Behavior & Philosophy.
Terry McSween, PhD for outstanding financial support through the success of the Behavioral Safety Now Conference.
Rebekah Pavlik in recognition of over 10 years of outstanding service.

Awards given in absentia:
Mary Burch, PhD for major contributions to the Animal Behavior Section of www.behavior.org.
Mark Alavosius, PhD for outstanding work as the Chair of the Commission on Accreditation – Behavioral Safety

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Photographs from 2013 Annual Meeting of Trustees
Photos from the Annual Meeting
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Leadership: Moving Away from Bullying by Dr. Terry McSween

Gone Fish’n – Measurement doesn’t have to be an Illusion by Dr. Timothy Ludwig

The Worst New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make ~ Start Strong by Starting with the Right Goals by Megan Coatley

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7th Annual West Coast Conference on Autism & Related Disorders

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