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December 2017

What’s Wrong with the Western World: A commentary on Skinner’s landmark article for the 21st century

December 29, 2017 - January 31, 2018
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Free

In this audio-only event, Dr. Ward and Angela Cathey discuss Skinner’s landmark article “What’s wrong with daily life in the western world?”.  In doing so, they elaborate upon Skinner’s main points within the context of 21st century society.  While Skinner’s main points still apply, they suggest some are now outdated.  Skinner’s main hypothesis was that society has evolved based on the pleasing effects, rather than the strengthening effects of reinforcers.  As such, much of our behavior is maintained by weak contingencies predominated by escape and avoidance.  Specific topics include: the alienation of the worker from the products of his/her labor, the misalignment of contingencies in education with those encountered post-graduation, the #metoo movement of 2017, entrepreneurship, war, relationships, and much more.

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January 2018

Introduction to exposure-based treatment of anxiety disorders, Thursday, 1/25 1-5PM

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
6401 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, Tx 75070, 6401 Eldorado Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75070 United States
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Anxiety is one of the most frequent complaints of clients. In this introductory workshop hosted by Angela Cathey will allow you to gain the knowledge and practice to feel comfortable utilizing exposure-based methods in your treatment of anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, panic disorder) and anxiety-related disorders (obsessive-compulsive disorder). We will walk you through theory, application, and practice of creating exposure hierarchies for your clients and assisting them in improving their response flexibility in the presence of fear and anxiety. This workshop is taught by an experienced anxiety therapist, Angela Cathey. Angela has several years of experience leading anxiety treatment units at the Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) levels. Angela founded the International OCD Foundation’s Kansas branch, OCD Kansas and later moved to a board position. In this workshop, you will learn from her experiences with a wide array of clinical applications of Exposure and Response Prevention.  You will discover how the ACT model allows an efficient care, no matter the disorder and its level of intensity.

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Taking the mindful path to treating trauma: An ACT/RFT informed approach

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
6401 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, Tx 75070, 6401 Eldorado Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75070 United States
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The ACT Matrix is a powerfully simple tool for training psychological flexibility and promoting vital living after trauma. Originally developed for work with veterans suffering from PTSD, the matrix has spread across the world and is now utilized in a variety of settings and clinical & non-clinical populations. This course will integrate modern perspectives on trauma reactions (e.g., PTSD, Complex Trauma, Complex Spiral Trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder) and associated symptoms (e.g., derealization/depersonalization and voice hearing) with Relational Frame Theory…

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February 2018

Breaking into organizational consulting for behavior analysts and clinicians

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
6401 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney, Tx 75070, 6401 Eldorado Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75070 United States
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We're offering an introductory workshop to teach you some of what we've learned in the process of becoming organizational change agents. We've worked with with major behavior analytic organizations, manufacturing and arts businesses, and technology start-ups, among others. Our consulting has used common third-wave models like The Matrix to improve organizational communication, effectiveness, and increase client return on investment (ROI).

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May 2018

Designing Purpose-driven Organizations with 21st Century Technologies: How We Can Live More Connected Lives.

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
ABAI 2018, San Diego, Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom E, 333 W Harbor Dr CA 92101
San Diego, CA 92101
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Skinner’s famous article, titled “What’s Wrong with the Western World?”, warned of the dangers of distancing employees from the naturalistic outcomes of their performance. Additionally, many modern work environments increasingly crossover into home life and impact our lives more so than ever before. Given the latter developments, we discuss ways to take a more mindful and purposeful approach to organizational design that leverages 21st century technology to better connect people and organizations to the impact of their behavior on larger society.  In doing so, we draw on our own consulting experiences and use of supportive contextualized assessment and intervention (e.g., Ecological Momentary Assessment, Natural Language Processing, Ecological Momentary Intervention) to alter the functions of deleterious rules impeding the performance of employees, leaders, and the organization itself.

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