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      October 25, 2019

      Friday   8:00 AM

      1277 Main Street
      Springfield, Massachusetts

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      Tate Behavioral 1st Annual ABA Conference

      Tate Behavioral's 1st Annual ABA Conference Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Seeing Further in Applied Behavior Analysis Featuring presentations by Megan Miller, Ryan O'Donnell, Matt Cicoria and Kim Berens Including a live recording of the Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria, interviewing Kim Berens 6 BACB CE credits (including 2.5 Ethics CEs)  Doors open for registration and coffee at 8:00 am Speakers begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm Lunch included  The event will take place at the MassMutual Convention Center located at 1277 Main St., Springfield, MA  01103 Parking is available for at the Springfield Civic Center Parking Garage, 41 Harrison Ave., Springfield, MA  01103 Presentation Topics: Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (1.5 Ethics CEs): Navigating Challenging Behavior Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA (1 CE): How Behavior Analysis is Silently Saving the World (...yet there’s so much more to go) Matt Cicoria, MS, BCBA, LBA (1 CE): Advice for the Newly Minted BCBA (And the Rest of Us Too!)  Kim Berens, Ph.D, BCBA-D (1 Ethics CE): Moving Our Field Forward by Staying True to Our Natural Science Matt Cicoria and Kim Berens (1.5 CEs): Live Recording of the Behavioral Observations Podcast Megan Miller Title: Navigating Challenging Behavior This training focuses on going beyond the typical training provided on functions of behavior and behavioral assessment to provide attendees with a more comprehensive understanding of how to navigate challenging behavior. Dr. Miller provides an overview of how to truly conduct functional assessment and analysis and briefly reviews research in support of advancements in functional analysis. She then provides a deeper dive into considerations relating to ethical and flexible application of extinction and ethical alternatives to traditional extinction procedures.  Ryan O’Donnell Title: How Behavior Analysis is Silently Saving the World (...yet there’s so much more to go) As the “mother” of all sciences, our field is in a position to impact the world in just about every way imaginable.  Join me in a journey of exploring solutions that have been developed from a fine understanding of stimulus control, including teaching children to read without ever hearing or seeing them (think about that for a second) to eradicating land mines across war-torn countries without endangering anyone or any living thing during the process. While Behavior Analysts thrive in predominantly one “area” of application, our history shows us that there are no limits to our science. Putting someone on the moon? A Behavior Analyst was involved! Sesame Street? A Behavior Analyst was there too! Apple’s user experience lab during its heyday? Yup, a Behavior Analyst was there as well! You see, the field is rich with history dating back to the early 20th century, but given the progression of technology coupled with the demand for therapists, these amazing solutions are stuck in small esoteric books or in the behavioral histories of behavior analysts who haven’t yet captured them for the world to share. As an attendee you will walk away with (1) a respect for the breadth of our field, (2) an understanding of what it takes to develop a behavioral technology, and (3) the factors that impact stimulus control affecting human behavior in scalable ways that can truly save the world.     Matt Cicoria Title: Advice for the Newly Minted BCBA (And the Rest of Us Too!) As a field, we are often reminded of the unprecedented growth of board-certified practitioners. While graduate coursework and supervision can prepare Behavior Analysts to tackle many challenges, less-tangible, yet very important lessons are more often learned through experience. In an effort to better disseminate this hard-won knowledge, this presentation will highlight several of these lessons that prominent Behavior Analysts have shared on The Behavioral Observations Podcast. Insights from creating a Behavior Analytic media endeavor, interviewing leaders in our field, and disseminating Behavior Analysis will be also be discussed. Kim Berens Title: Moving Our Field Forward by Staying True to Our Natural Science There are many giants in our field that have paved the way for us.  In particular, B.F. Skinner gave us rate of response and the cumulative response recorder.  Ogden Lindsley translated Skinner’s invaluable contributions into the Standard Celeration Chart such that practitioners could apply tools derived from our natural science in their applied efforts.  As such, it is measurement that bridges our past and future, making further advancement of our field possible. Unfortunately, our applied branch continues to move further and further from our roots in natural science.  As such, dimensionless units of measurement displayed on nonstandard graphs are the norm, which have grave implications for the future of our field. The current presentation will highlight the various ethical, practical, and theoretical implications of current measurement practices in applied behavior analysis.  The benefits of staying true to our roots in natural science will be offered as a means of realizing our science’s potential for improving vast areas of human life.  

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