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Susan Friedman kommer til Danmark, 16. - 19. Juni 2016 :-)

Jeg glæder mig utrolig meget til at invitere Susan Friedman til Danmark!!  Der vil være mulighed for at deltage i 2, 3 eller 4 dages undervisning. Selvfølgelige er det for spændende til at ikke vælge alle 4 dage ;-) Nærmere oplysninger om pris og sted kommer meget snart. Men I kan læse her nedunder hvad det kommer til med at handle om. Kig endlig ind på hendes hjemmeside: http://behaviorworks.org/.

Four-Day Behavior & Learning Seminars with Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.

 

Days 1 and 2: Living and Learning with Animals: The Science & Technology of Behavior Change

Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) is a seminar focused on the fundamental principles of learning and behavior, and the behavior change technology known as applied behavior analysis. All animals change their behavior due to experience, i.e., they learn, which gives this course trans-species, and interdisciplinary relevance to all professionals working with behavior.  Topics are presented with slides and illustrative videos and include the following:  How Behavior Works: Understanding and Misunderstanding Behavior; The Significance of Science to Behavior Consulting; Respondent and Operant Learning; Functional Assessment; The Commitment to Ethical Practice; The Case for Empowerment; Procedures for Changing Respondent Behavior; Procedures for Changing Operant Behavior; and, Designing Behavior Change Plans. As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be better able to teach learners effectively and humanely.

 

Day 3: Functional Assessment and Analysis: Hypothesizing the What, When, and Why of Behavior Problems.

Functional assessment and analysis is a set of procedures used to hypothesize and test the functionally related environmental conditions that signal and maintain problem behaviors. These procedures are well validated within the field of applied behavior analysis, particularly with children exhibiting severe behavior problems. Functional assessment and analysis has wide applicability to pets and other animals in captivity, as well. The outcome of a good functional assessment is a summary statement that includes: 1) a clear, observable description of the problem behavior, 2) the general and immediate environmental conditions that predict the behavior, and 3) the purpose the behavior serves for the animal (i.e. the consequences the behavior produces). With this information, environmental changes can be made to make the problem behavior irrelevant, inefficient and ineffective. Without this information, the wrong behavior may inadvertently be reinforced. At the same time, acceptable alternative behaviors can be reinforced to meet the same, or different, functions for the animal. A framework for accomplishing a functional assessment, analysis, and systematic intervention planning is presented.

 

 Day 4: Effective Communication Skills: The Hardest Skills to Master.

As behavior consultants, veterinarians, and animal trainers, we often supervise other people, such as clients and coworkers, who carry out the behavior intervention plans we help design. A high level of interpersonal communication skill is required in order to be honest, kind, and effective. This is especially true when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and performance or expectation gaps exist. Based on the communication skills described in the book “Crucial Conversations” by Patterson, et al., participants will learn to do the following: 1) identify the moment a conversation becomes crucial, 2) create safety in order to establish and maintain meaningful dialogue, 3) identify a mutual purpose and mutual respect, and 4) replace victim, villain and helpless stories with facts, action, and follow up. By mastering these skills and others to be discussed and practiced in this seminar, we can replace communication barriers with bridges to improve the quality of life for all learners.