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WisABA 2015 Workshop Times and Descriptions

Friday, June 26th, 2015

For those who would like to review workshop information for WisABA 2015 without going through the registration system first:

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Ethics and PEAK Training in Chicago

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

ABA of Illinois is presenting workshops on ethics for behavior analysts and PEAK relational training (RFT) on the evening of October 23 (ethics) and October 24 (PEAK) at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel and Convention Center, Elmhurst, IL.

Great opportunities to keep sharp on ethics for behavior analysts and to go in-depth on a comprehensive application of relational frame theory to teaching children (with or without special needs).

BACB CEUs are included. For more information, please click on the following: PEAK_Dixon_Chicago_Oct or visit www.abaofillinois.org/trainings.

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Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis Conference on the way!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis (MNABA) Conference is set for September 26th and 27th in Plymouth, MN. Conference highlights include:

  • Thursday 12pm-2pm parent workshop by Tim Moore “For parents: Identifying high-quality functional behavior assessments and positive behavior support plans.”
  • Thursday 3pm-6pm workshop by Javier Virues-Ortega and Alison Cox “Knowledge Translation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities”
  • Thursday evening social at Crown Plaza West

Speakers: Regina Carroll, Peter Gerhardt, Celia Wolk Gershenson, Vicki Isler, LeAnne Johnson, Stacy Symons,Travis Thompson, Jeff Tiger, Javier Virues-Ortega.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are free with registration.

A link to online registration will posted at www.mnaba.org very soon!

The conference flyer is available here: Save the Date MNABA ’13

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WisABA and Wisconsin Behavior Analysts at ABAI

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

If you’re attending ABAI this year, you may want to check out these presentations by Wisconsin behavior analysts regarding behavior analytic practice in Wisconsin:

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
202 (TCC)
PRA; Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: William J. Murray, Ph.D.


Defining and Expanding ABA Services at the State-Level
Chair: William J. Murray (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)
Discussant: Kevin P. Klatt (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)


Defining Behavior Analysis in the State of Wisconsin WILLIAM J. MURRAY (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)
Abstract: Defining who behavior analysts are and the services we offer may seem unnecessary to most behavior analysts, but within the structure of an entrenched political system that supports consumer choice without specifics as to quality, it is absolutely critical in order to ensure the provision of effective services. Notions related to such things as cost-effectiveness, data-based decision making, treatment fidelity and treatment efficacy are not lost to behavior analysts, and are also issues that policy makers typically care about. However, many of these same policy makers may be either elected officials or closely tied to elected officials, and consequently their motives may not be similar to those of dedicated treatment providers. Developing an understanding of how to walk this political line while remaining committed to quality treatment services is critical and will be the focus of this presentation, with an emphasis on remaining employed in a contentious political climate while also working to ensure consumers receive effective behavior analytic services.


Growing Behavior Analysis Across the State of Wisconsin KAREN R. HARPER (Association for Behavior Analysis of Illinois, LLC)
Abstract: As Wisconsin enacted legislation requiring insurance companies to provide funding for autism treatment services, legislation also passed allowing for behavior analysts to apply for licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing. As a consequence of this licensure, there grew an increased need for legitimate behavior analytic services around the state, not only related to autism services, but also across other populations and areas of need. This presentation addresses efforts by one provider to expand the services offered by her company across Wisconsin, working with the state Department of Health Services and county-level agencies, in order to provide quality services to multiple client populations. Her experience with finding qualified behavior analysts, working with counties to fund her services, and overcoming other procedural “roadblocks” will be described in order to present a model for how other companies might work collaboratively with state-level policy makers to influence funding opportunities for behavior analysts.


Ensuring Consumer Protection for the Recipients of ABA Services in Wisconsin Tamara S. Kasper (The Center for Autism Treatment, Inc.)
Abstract: As Wisconsin created a state level license for behavior analysts in 2010, one of the discussions held with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing involved the development of assurances that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the state DRL would work collaboratively to not only create language regarding the violation of ethical practices by licensed behavior analysts, but work in the future to monitor and enforce actions against unethical persons. Clearly one of the most critical pieces of licensure language involves an understanding that licensure involves a process for discipline if ethical violations occur, and it was with this in mind that both the Wisconsin DRL and the BACB drafted language placing at least some of the responsibility for ensuring consumer protection on other behavior analysts as “self reporters.” This creates an interesting dilemma for behavior analysts in monitoring the ethical behavior of their colleagues. As the licensure law has been in place for nearly two years, situations are arising that cause licensed behavior analysts to consider how these responsibilities might be enacted in meaningful ways. This presentation will discuss some of these issues and potential methods of addressing them.


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Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation & aversive control

Friday, November 11th, 2011

“According to Skinner’s evaluation, education today is too dominated by aversive stimuli. Children work to avoid or escape from a series of minor punishments, which may come in the form of the teacher’s criticism or ridicule, being sent to the principal, suspension, or even ‘paddling.’ ‘In this welter of aversive consequences, getting the right answer is in itself an insignificant event, any effect of which is lost amid the anxieties, the boredom, and the aggressions which are the inevitable by‑products of aversive control.'(28) In addition to this predominantly punitive atmosphere, the contingencies of reinforcement are far too few and whatever contingencies we have arranged are loose and unsystematic.”
– From Pai, Young (1973) Teaching, Learning and the Mind. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin. pgs. 94-117

This got me to thinking. A frequent (one might even say hackneyed) criticism of programming a high density of reinforcement in education is that such programing will create an artificial situation in which students’ “intrinsic motivation” will be undermined by the delivery of externally motivating events or items.

Setting aside whether or not the intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation distinction is valid, another question comes up — why is it that we characterize programmed positive reinforcement as artificial and prone to undermine intrinsic motivation but the myriad of programmed negative reinforcement contingencies, punishment contingencies, and forms of mildly aversive control we utilize are not also characterized as artificial and thus undermining “intrinsic motivation”?

Referring back to where this post started, if we choose to not program a high density of reinforcement, aren’t we predisposed (culturally?) to default to programming aversive approaches, which, it seems to me, are just as threatening to intrinsic motivation (if you should choose to buy into such a dubious concept).

– Matt Welch.



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Report On Evidence-Based Treatments for Autism

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Maine released its ratings of the treatments for autism with the greatest evidence behind them. Good information to share.

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2010 WisABA Conference

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The 2010 WisABA Conference is scheduled for August 16 – 18, 2010, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Memorial Union, Madison, WI.

We’re lakeside again for the conference, overlooking beautiful Lake Mendota this year from the Memorial Union right in the middle of the UW-Madison campus. Come for workshops on the 16th and 17th; stay for renowned presenters on the 17th and 18th.

And don’t miss the WisABA Social!

Workshop and presenter information is below. Look for updated information, including the conference brochure, on the soon to go-live fully revised WisABA website (www.wisaba.org).

Confirmed presenters

  • Bill Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Matt Andrzejewski, Ph.D.
  • Lisa Barsness, M.S., BCBA
  • Roger Bass, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
  • Vince Carbone, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
  • Kevin Klatt, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Ed Morris, Ph.D., BCBA
  • Chris Simler
  • Matt Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Chris Wilkins, A.P.S.W.
  • … and others not yet confirmed!

Topics to include (most will be BACB CE eligible)

  • Two-day PECS training
  • Verbal behavior workshop
  • Functional behavior assessment
  • Comparing ABA & other treatments
  • How to identify effective treatments
  • Dispelling myths about ABA
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Treating feeding problems
  • Developing job-related social skills
  • Ethical issues in behavior analysis
  • Quality of life discussions
  • Epigenetics and operant conditioning
  • Implementing token systems
  • … and more!

Have you really read this far? Well, since you are so diligent, see if you can be the first to answer the following WisABA trivia in the comments: Name, in chronological order, the three lakes WisABA will have had its conference at as of August 16, 2010. Good luck! — Matt.

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