Online Group Class

We offer online group classes covering various topics from a basic and philosophical understanding of the science of behavior and the Constructional Approach to the practical applications and programming based on the Constructional Approach to solve various behavioral challenges! We continue to add more group classes based on the feedback and request from our community!

Group classes we currently offer:

Starting October 1st, we will do a series of group classes on the Introduction to the Science of Behavior. Part 1 and Part 2 are offered in a special discounted price. Part 3 group class will follow after Part 2 group class.

**Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides behavior support and training for individuals and organizations that cannot afford it. All the profits from the group classes will fund these programs for individuals and facilities that oversee the care of animals.

Constructional Affection

This group class will provide you with everything you need to start building the kind of relationship you desire with your companions. We will introduce the philosophy and training techniques of the Constructional Affection to change how we live with our animal companions, and to teach our animals how to ask for and receive our affection. We will also cover how we can transfer calm behaviors to situations important to you, such as calm greetings with visitors, separation anxiety, sharing affection with multiple animals, nail care, etc. We can also cover techniques that will improve communication between you and your animal companions and train Sit, Stay, Down, and basic care.

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Constructional Aggression Treatment

This 4-week group class will teach you the underlying philosophy of the Constructional Approach and Degrees of Freedom (Goldiamond, 1974), the functional analysis of fearful and aggressive behaviors, and Constructional Aggression Treatment. Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) is constructional approach to turning fearful or aggressive behaviors into friendly interaction (Rosales-Ruiz, 2021). 

 

You can join this class as a participant or an observer. If you join as a participant, we will analyze, design, implement CAT program that is tailored to you and your animal situation, and receive feedback on your training to improve next training sessions. The observer will not receive feedback but will learn CAT program. So, if you have a dog who engages in fearful and aggressive behaviors and want to learn how to do CAT, we highly recommend joining as a participant! 

Enhancing Efficiency:
Measurement, Data Collection, and Beyond!

We all collect data on things important to us. For example, we collect data on our bank accounts, dietary needs, calories, weight, sleep and exercise patterns, educational progress, and so much more. Collecting data on these things allows us to know where we currently are regarding some goal and helps us chart our path towards that goal. In this group class, we will practice setting behavioral definitions, choosing desirable measures for training goals, and taking data. We will practice collecting data and testing definitions by watching videos of real animal behavior. This group class will be fun as we practice refining definitions to be more objective to sharpen our data collection!

Behavioral Assessment:
Setting a Solid Foundation for Training

In this 4-week group class, we will explore the role of behavioral assessments in professional animal training/consulting. Conducting behavioral assessments is critical to identify contingencies maintaining behaviors we are interested in changing. We will introduce ways to assess behaviors and identify existing contingencies that maintain the behavior. Strategies and guidelines will be presented to help ensure the assessment process is pragmatic for those working in the field. We will practice examining behavior during assessments to determine the contingency maintaining the behavior. We will also explore how monitoring behavior changes during training can constitute an ongoing behavioral assessment to guide training decisions and the benefits of adopting this approach.

Introduction to the Science of Behavior
(Part 1)

This 4-week group class introduces the basics of the natural science of behavior, “B=f(x) under c” to understand functional relations between behavior and its environment. You will learn each variable in B=f(x) under c and learn to think about various situations through Sean and Maasa’s lens.

We will use Dr. Israel Goldiamond's book "Goldiamond's Functional Analysis of Behavior (known as "The Blue Books)" to guide us through understanding and analyzing the functional relations of behavior and environment. We will be building up to some complex topics during this class, so we encourage you to attend the Open House sessions and feel comfortable asking questions!

We now offer a special discounted price! The group class starts on October 1st!

Introduction to the Science of Behavior
(Part 2)

This 4-week group class introduces the basics of the operant paradigm - Consequential contingency. We will focus on the effects of variables, including consequences and schedules, on behavior and how each variable interacts to change, increase, and attenuate behavior. You will learn each variable in the consequential contingency and how to think about various situations through Sean and Maasa’s lens.

*We recommend taking group class part 1 before part 2, but it is not mandatory.

We will use Dr. Israel Goldiamond's book Goldiamond's Functional Analysis of Behavior (known as "The Blue Books) and Dr. T.V. Joe Layng and his colleges' book Nonlinear Contingency Analysis: Going Beyond Cognition and Behavior in Clinical Practice to guide us through understanding and analyzing the consequential contingencies. We will be building up to some complex topics during this class, so we encourage you to attend the Open House sessions and feel comfortable asking questions!

We now offer a special discounted price! The group class starts on October 29th!

*We recommend taking group class part 1 before part 2, but it is not mandatory.