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Agency and Shaping

Shaping, or the differential reinforcement of successive approximations, is thought by many to be the most important tool in the behavior analyst’s toolbox.
On July 23, 2019, ABA Technologies, Inc., and Florida Tech launched  RBT Essentials 2nd Edition, a completely reworked and updated 40-hour training program.
Tom Freeman is interviewed in this new blog titled, 𝐏𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲. Freeman discusses recent increases in the diagnosis of ADD and ADHD, especially in boys under the age of 17, and the rampant use of medication to treat these individuals.
In our course, real-world stories and examples guide participants through the key principles and applications of OBM, clinical services, and instructional design. Active learning techniques—pause-reflect-and-write type activities, multiple-choice questions, and handouts—are used throughout to promote engagement and mastery of content.
Performance problems plague organizations both big and small. Wherever humans work, performance is happening, and so too are problems. Though each company’s performance issues are unique, often a formulaic—read: cookie-cutter— approach is the chosen remedy. In other words, let’s train and retrain everybody.
How do I get into Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)? This is a common question of behavior analysts when first introduced to the application of behavioral science in the workplace.

A Self-ish Behavior Analysis?

Whoever came up with the idea of self? In his recent book, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Roy Porter suggested it might be 16th-century French philosopher Déscartes.
Dr. Hank Schlinger examines this word analysis in behavior analysis. He challenges it and helps identify areas our ever-growing applied field cannot forget.
Is approaching behavior change with a strategy of shame ever ethical under the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code? Beyond those certified in clinical application, is shame a strategy that should be ever be used by a parent or professional as a method to change unwanted behavior?
2019 OBM Network Lifetime Achievement Award Darnell Lattal
Dr. Darnell Lattal will be the 2019 recipient of the Organizational Behavior Management Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award this May.
Partnering with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), ABA Technologies, Inc., makes professional development products available online for applied behavior analysis practitioners and related professions.
OBM for the BCBA. An interview with Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA.
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