This webinar will review fundamental dimensions of behavior analysis often misunderstood by the general public and by those who are current or potential recipients of behavior analytic services. Professor Catania will address misrepresentations of behavior analytic concepts and practices by examining the rationales for features of our behavioral language, consider ways of talking to those who come to behavior analysis from different backgrounds and with different vocabularies, reviewing the benefits and pitfalls of translating between technical and colloquial vocabularies, and examine everyday verbal practices that tempt our audiences to attribute behavior to weakly defined or unmeasurable entities such as feelings or emotions. Along the way we’ll see how basic research and applications can mutually support each other.
This webinar is appropriate for all behavior analysts who are concerned about communicating effectively with the general public and with current or potential recipients of behavior analytic services while maintaining the integrity of our basic science and its applications. It will also be useful to students of behavior analysis, especially those completing degrees or preparing for certification examinations, and to those teaching or assisting in courses covering the basics of behavior analysis.
Learning Objectives:At the conclusion of this 3-hour webinar, the participant should be able to:
(1) illustrate the ways in which behavior analysis has been misrepresented to the general public and to students in other disciplines;
(2) defend against critiques of behavior analysis based on misunderstandings of the basic processes;
(3) communicate more effectively with lay audiences when presenting interpretations of behavior in terms of three-term and higher-level contingencies;
(4) discuss the advantages of interpreting complex behavior in terms of multiple causation and the interaction of basic processes instead of in terms of hypothesized inner entities that are implicit in everyday vocabularies; and
(5) identify the advantages of discussing behavior change in terms of the selection of behavior by its consequences rather than in terms of the associationist or cognitive concepts that dominate related disciplines and that have become the basis for pervasive myths and misunderstandings.
Continuing Education and Professional Development:
- Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II CEUs
- Psychologists: NA
- Social Workers/Certified Counselors: NA
- Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.
For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page
Charles Catania is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he co-founded the MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Human Services Psychology program. He is Past-President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Associate Editor for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for the journal, Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is author of more than 200 journal articles and chapters, and his books include Learning, now in its 5th edition, Variations and Selections (co-edited with Philip N. Hineline), the Definitive Edition of B. F. Skinner’s Cumulative Record (co-edited with Victor G. Laties) and, most recently, The ABCs of Behavior Analysis.He is presently working on a new book, The Evolution of a Science: A Brief History of Behavior Analysis in the Twentieth Century, with co-authors Nancy Neef and Victor G. Laties.
Presenter Disclosure Statement
Dr. Catania receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC. Dr. Catania receives royalties for the sale of his books, some of which may be mentioned during this event.
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes
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