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PCHC: Colloquial Descriptions of Behavior Analytic Treatment Concepts

There is much to love about behavioral analysis but the perfect love is hard to find, especially in the sciences. An obstacle to love is imperfect, incomplete, or incomprehensible communication. And because the technical language of behavior analysis is so challenging, even for those inside the field, using it with people outside the field can limit or completely preclude their capacity for loving (or even just liking) the science. This talk will present a variety of behavior analytic treatment concepts and use plain language to describe them.

  1. Attendees will be able to give an everyday example of differential reinforcement.
  2. Attendees will be able to use an everyday example to discuss the matching law.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe motivating operations, the Premack Principle, and disequilibrium theory in plain English using everyday examples.

Presenter: Patrick Friman, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Nevada. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, in three divisions of the American Psychological Association, and of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and chapters and three books. The majority of his scientific and clinical work is in Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development. He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness, and pathways to success.

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, June 24, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 am



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