The conference is of special interest to college and university faculty, researchers, administrators, and practitioners in behavior analysis, psychology, general and special education, rehabilitation, public health, behavioral medicine, speech and language, social work, business, and human services. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and family members of individuals with special needs are also encouraged to attend.
The conference offers information, resources, and professional development opportunities for Board Certified Behavior Analysts(R), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts(R), psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, general and special educators, students in those and related fields, and parents and/or consumers of behavior analysis services.
2:45 – 3:45 PM
Expanding the Scope of Behavior Analysis. Presented by: Tony Biglan (CE: BACB 1.0)
Grand Ballroom B (LBCC)
Behavior Analysis has been foundational for a broad range of treatment and prevention interventions. However, there are reasons to believe that behavior analysts are not contributing to the improvement of societal wellbeing to the extent that B. F. Skinner envisioned in his seminal writings. In the past two years, I have spoken with hundreds of behavior analysts, many of whom expressed this kind of concern. I will summarize these concerns and suggest principles that might help behavior analysis as a field fulfill its promise to bring about unprecedented advances in human wellbeing. Specifically, I will suggest:• Changing the criteria regarding what a behavior analysts should know from one that restricts our focus to practices and methods that are explicitly labeled as “behavior analytic” to one that encourages behavior analysts to embrace any empirical evidence or methods that contribute to human wellbeing• Initiating much more empirical research on strategies for influencing climate change. • Forging alliances with other areas of behavioral science.