Affiliation: St. Amant
Title of Talk: Talking About Behavior Science without Freaking People Out !
Description: Collaboration between disciplines is both a great challenge and a colossal opportunity for innovative behavior analysts in the 21st century. We have at our disposal a singular technology with the demonstrable power to influence behaviour with incredible precision and on a scale that the world has never seen before. And yet, even our most accomplished and successful behavior analysts often have great difficulty forging genuine relationships between organizations and across disciplines. The struggle is real! In this breakout session, viewers will be introduced to a simple and intuitive approach to sharing behavioral concepts and technologies with potential business partners, clients, specialists, and families. Whereas behavior analysts can often be perceived as cold, robotic, and lacking compassion by the general public; this approach is warm, effective, and authentic. This approach has three basic tenets:
Shut up and listen
Learn to seek and appreciate these three emotional reactions:
Oh, I guess this stuff isn't so bad after all
After attending this presentations, participants will:
Be able to effectively disseminate behaviour analytic concepts, principles, and technologies by embracing the philosophy of behaviorism in their formal presentations as well as in casual conversation.
More effectively share behavior analytic content with potential partners, clients, specialists, and families by improving their listening skills and by learning to value specific, qualitative reactions in listeners.
Bio: Brendan is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst from rural Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc. (hons) in psychology in 2008, and later moved to sunny Florida to get a dual Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2014.
Brendan has been providing behavioural support to families, children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities and autism since 2005. He has practiced applied behaviour analysis in Manitoba, Florida, and Washington State; and he’s filled many roles, including autism tutor, senior tutor, behaviour technician, behaviour analyst, graduate teaching associate, and independent contractor.
Brendan currently serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Education and Training at St.Amant, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In this role, his primary responsibilities include the delivery of presentations and workshops in the community on topics related to applied behaviour analysis, and he helps to facilitate training and staff development within St.Amant. He is also a strong proponent and frequent project leader for the application and integration of burgeoning new technologies (you’ll have to ask him for examples). He is a proud member of Bx+.
His academic interests include applied behaviour analysis for the treatment of individuals with and without disabilities, the experimental analysis of human and other behaviour, unusual applications of behavioral science to address problems of social significance (or personal interest), and organizational behaviour management. His personal interests include camping, exploring, art, technology, and science in general.
Track: Behavior Analysis & Clinical Applications