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ABACGives/ABACLive Special Issue Recording with Dr. Chuck Merbitz

June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

An ABACGives/ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Cross-Over Special Issue Recording. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Chuck Merbitz, PhD, BCBA-D, presents “Real World Problems: A Pragmatic Selectionist Approach to Visualizing and Managing Progress”

This special recording was originally presented on February 15, 2017. The recording opens on June 15 and is open for viewing through July 20.

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for the discounted price of $50 with 2 BACB® Type II CEs.

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B.F. Skinner’s Radical Behaviorism (which we may also call “Selectionism” due to its lineage from Darwin’s work) offers a powerful and useful way to view behavior that is especially useful in a therapeutic context.  Selectionism is deceptively simple; its three well known elements are variation, selection, and replication (or reoccurrence). However, to take greater advantage of Selectionism in the context of behavior change, we can consider the fourth element, time.  All Selectionism plays out over time, and simple data collection and plotting techniques can reveal how fast selection is occurring, whether at the familiar Darwinian level of body features or on the level of an individual’s changing behavior repertoire. The ability to see and measure the speed of selection allows the clinician to test different instructional environments to see and retain the ones that are associated with more rapid change. (Obviously, this sort of testing is Selectionism for the clinician’s behavioral repertoire.)  Of course, clinical decisions are made in the real world, so we also review some of the basic elements of how elements of a clinical decision support system can work to support more or less accurate and useful decisions.  Finally, viewing behavior through this lens (and Haughton’s Component-Composite analysis) allows us to see relationships between more and less complex but related behaviors. The relationships and analysis provide novel teaching approaches that can break through difficult barriers to increase accomplishment for individuals with and without disabilities.  Real-world examples of selection in action are reviewed, and clinical data presented to illustrate reciprocal selection between a client and clinician, since Selectionism, like gravity, applies to all people.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic elements of Radical Behaviorism (Selectionism) for data-based visualization of human behavior change and clinical progress.
  2. Explain measurement implications for Selectionism for managing on-going teaching, training, and interaction.
  3. Discuss influences of the quality of data and the speed of data analysis upon data-based decision-making and hence client outcomes and practitioner insights.
  4. Explain Haughton’s Component-Composite analysis of the structure of behavior as an elaboration of Selectionism and state its basic implications for teaching and training.
  5. Retell an analysis of reciprocal client-clinician verbal behavior from the Selectionism perspective.

*This event is FREE for the general public. For those that want a certificate of completion for continuing education credits please purchase the discounted CEs. This event is being offered at the discounted  price for 2 Type II CEUs. (Register on ABAC website.) Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the recording.

Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II CEUs (Visit ABAC website for complete information.)

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series of webinars are presented by Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

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

“In honor of the 3 years since the wonderful conversation between Adrienne (ABAC) and Chuck that led to the development of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series, we are publishing Chuck’s ABACLive CCSeries webinar as an ABACGives/ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Cross-Over Event!”

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June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am
July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


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