Introduction to the Science of Behavior
(Part 1 and 2) Series

CAAWT is now offering two group classes, Introduction to the Science of Behavior Part 1 and Part 2, at a special, discounted price! This series of group classes start on October 1st!

We will do Introduction to the Science of Behavior (Part 3) after this series of group classes starting in the middle of November.

*Part 1 and Part 2 are prerequisites for Part 3.

In these group classes, we will use Israel Goldiamond and Donald Thompson's book "The Blue Books: Goldiamond & Thompson's Functional Analysis of Behavior" to guide us through understanding and analyzing the functional relations between 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.

**Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All the profits from the group classes will fund free programs that CAAWT offers for individuals and facilities that oversee the care of animals. For every third registration, CAAWT can provide one free spot for someone in need! 

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.

 Learning Objectives 

  • State each variable in B=f(x) under c

  • In your area of interest, give an example of B=f(x) and specify c

  • State the distinction between a topographic and functional definition of behavior

  • Given various scenarios, talk aloud and identify each variable in B=f(x) under c through Sean & Maasa’s lens

  • Explain the difference between dependency and contingency

  • Examine specific consequential relations and identify if they are the same or different contingency

 Main Textbook

Goldiamond, I., & Thompson, D. (2004). The blue books: Goldiamond & Thompson’s the functional analysis of behavior, P. T. Andronis (Ed.). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (Original work published in 1967)

 

 Part 1 Group Class Dates

On zoom, we will meet every Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT.

Below are the dates and times:

  • 10/1 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 10/8 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 10/15 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 10/22 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

 Open House Dates

Open House is one of the programs in the CAAWT Membership, where we meet on zoom for two hours. Members can come and ask any questions, bring up discussion points, and share assessment and training videos to get feedback. Live attendances are invited to join the Open House. Open House will be recorded and will be available for 1 month.

  • 10/12 from 6:00pm to 8:00om EDT

  • 10/26 from 6:00pm to 8:00om EDT

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Introduction to the Science of Behavior (Part 2)

Introduction to 
the Science
of Behavior

(Part 2)

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Occasion

Behavior

Consequence

Schedule

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.

 Learning Objectives 

  • Describe what differentiates radical behaviorism from other behaviorisms regarding the treatment of private experiences like thoughts and emotions 

  • Diagram and define, as stated in class, each element of the operant paradigm 

  • State why consequences are considered the central theme of the operant paradigm

  • Given various scenarios, talk aloud and identify or speculate about each variable in the operant paradigm through Sean & Maasa’s lens 

  • Given various examples, identify the reinforcement schedule or contingency rule and predict behavioral patterns

 Main Textbook

Goldiamond, I., & Thompson, D. (2004). The blue books: Goldiamond & Thompson’s the functional analysis of behavior, P. T. Andronis (Ed.). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. (Original work published in 1967)

 Part 2 Group Class Dates

On zoom, we will meet every Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT.

Below are the dates and times:

  • 10/29 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 11/5 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 11/12 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

  • 11/19 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

 Open House Dates

Open House is one of the programs in the CAAWT Membership, where we meet on zoom for two hours. Members can come and ask any questions, bring up discussion points, and share assessment and training videos to get feedback. Live attendances are invited to join the Open House. Open House will be recorded and will be available for 1 month.

  • 11/2 from 6:00pm to 8:00om EDT

  • 11/16 from 6:00pm to 8:00om EDT

Sean Will

Sean Will, M.S.

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Maasa Nishimuta, M.S.

■ Acknowledgement

The design of this group class was advised by Dr. T.V. Joe Layng

We thank Dr. Layng for his wonderful feedback all throughout the design of the class materials.

  Place

The group class will be held via Zoom. You can join group classes wherever you have a secure internet. We will send you the Zoom meeting link and the detailed information via email before the first group class. If you are not used to Zoom, Maasa can have a practice session before the group class so that you are ready to learn!

 Registration type

  • Live registration

    • Live attendance (the date and time are listed above)

    • Ask questions and discuss during the group class

    • Immediate access to the recordings after each group class 

      • CAAWT members can access the recordings while they are in the CAAWT membership​

      • Non-members can access the recordings until 5/31/2023

  • Video-on-demand registration

    • Access to recordings of the group class from 12/1/2022

    • CAAWT Members: access the recordings while they are in the CAAWT membership 

    • Non-members: access the recording for 6 months (until 5/31/2023)

CAAWT Members

Live attendance

  • Part 1 only​ - $50 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 2 only - $50 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 1 + Part 2 - $80 (plus $3 transaction fee)

Video-on-demand

  • Free

Non-Members

Live attendance

  • Part 1 only​ - $80 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 2 only - $80 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 1 + Part 2 - $140 (plus $3 transaction fee)

Video-on-demand

  • Part 1 only​ - $80 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 2 only - $80 (plus $3 transaction fee)

  • Part 1 + Part 2 - $140 (plus $3 transaction fee)

To learn more about CAAWT Membership, click here

 

 Registration

① If you are interested in registering for the group classes (live or video-on-demand), please fill out the registration form. You can click the registration button below, which will take you to the registration form. 

② After we check your registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. Please make a payment within a week. You will receive an invoice from an email address: caawtcontact@gmail.com 

③ After we confirm your payment, we will send you the confirmation email.

 Three days before the group class starts, we will send you a zoom meeting link and all the information you will need to join the group class!

 Cancelation

After you submit the registration form, we will send you an invoice from PayPal. If you do not make a payment within a week, your registration may be canceled. Once we receive your payment, we are not able to refund the money. If we have to cancel the group class, we will refund you in full.

■ Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the group classes, please feel free to contact us! 

We are looking forward to the group class with you!