Functional Assessment/Analysis: Putting the ABCs to Work in the Real World
CPDT-KA CEUs: 3.5
IAABC CEUs: 3.5
In this course, Dr. Friedman shows you how to do a functional assessment using the smallest, analyzable unit of behavior – antecedent, behavior, consequence. Essentially, there are only two ways to change behavior: Change the antecedent, and/or change the consequence. Dr. Friedman will explain how to use functional assessment to pare a client’s narrative down to the facts you need to make a realistic hypothesis about the current function of the target behavior and stimuli that set the occasion for the behavior to occur. This will then allow you to create a workable behavior modification plan. Guided practice doing functional assessments is included in this teleconference.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. A Behaviorist for more than 25 years, her area of expertise is learning and behavior with a special emphasis on children’s behavior disorders. In the last several years, Susan has helped pioneer efforts to apply to animals the humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been so effective with human learners. The guiding principle of this approach is a hierarchy of teaching interventions starting with the most positive, least intrusive, effective behavior solutions.
Susan is a steadfast proponent of changing behavior through facilitation rather than force. These tools of facilitation focus on animals’ extraordinary biologic capacity to learn by interacting with their environment. She teaches that by changing the environment for success, animals learn to behave successfully. Susan currently teaches Living and Learning with Parrots: The Fundamental Principles of Behavior to online and workshop students several times a year.
Susan is the first author on two recently completed chapters on learning and behavior for two new avian veterinary texts (in press), and enjoys contributing to and learning from several internet lists on parrot behavior. She is a core member of the California Condor Recovery Team and takes every opportunity to work with companion animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers to empower and enrich the lives of all learners. Foremost in this interdisciplinary effort is her passion for and commitment to working with companion parrots and their caregivers.
Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.