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ABACLive Webinar with Ron Allen, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ron Allen, PhD, ABACLive Webinar Series

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Dr. Ron Allen presents “Adjunctive Behavior and the Dynamics of Excess”

Thursday, October 14, 2021
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Eastern/NY)

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for the discounted price of $65 with 3 BACB® Learning CEUs.

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During intermittent reinforcement schedules maintaining a specified response, other behaviors neither shaped by nor directly maintained by the scheduled reinforcers emerge. These behaviors have been termed schedule-induced, interim, or adjunctive (e.g., Falk, 1971; Staddon, 1977) and include activities such as aggression, polydipsia, escape, and others. Adjunctive behaviors are typically restricted to the immediate post-reinforcement period, are sensitive to the deprivation conditions related to the reinforcer for the specific response, are a function of the reinforcer rate (or inter-reinforcement interval) for the specific response, and are excessive in nature. Finally, adjunctive phenomena show broad generality occurring across a variety of species (including humans) and a variety of intermittent schedule contexts. The current presentation will detail major findings from the research on adjunctive behavior (from 1961 to the present), as well as compare the major theoretical conceptualizations regarding their etiology and function. Additionally, arguments will be made against rate of response as a measurement strategy for adjunctive behavior. Finally, it will be argued that the induction process has important implications for assessing and managing challenging behavior in humans and that the conceptual focus for the study of the induction process should be modulation of motivation rather than the particular typographies of behaviors we observe.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the definition of adjunctive behavior.
  • Select three characteristics of adjunctive behavior.
  • Identify the pros and cons of the use of rate of response in the measurement of adjunctive behavior.
  • Select assessment strategies discussed for adjunctive aspects of challenging behavior in the clinical setting.
Presenter Bio:

Ron Allen, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA  received his doctorate over thirty years ago from the University of Florida (Go Gators). Ron has worked both in the areas of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis. In the latter capacity he has directed three residential schools for adolescents with behavior disorders, including most recently serving for 18 years as the Director of the Ivy Street School for adolescents with brain injury. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Doctoral Program in the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons University. He is also the Director of Behavioral Treatment Services for Riverside Community Care supporting adult individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. His research interests include brain injury, the management of negatively reinforced challenging behavior, adjunctive behavior, derived stimulus relations, conditioned reinforcement, and the philosophy of Behaviorism. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and is licensed as an Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts (LABA). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, as well as other boards and committees.

*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 ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price for CEUs (Learning). (Register on ABAC website) Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the live event or recording.Behavior Analysts: 3 CEUs (Learning) (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.

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