Nerding Out on ABA

Nerding Out on ABA

Two behaviors analyst’s nerding out hard over their love for this field and what compassionate and ethical ABA looks like!

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December 4, 2022 44 min

In this episode, Ashley and Katie nerd out about their love for ABA by relating it to their own behaviors. Listen to them share some of their own experiences and transformations as they grew and learned in the field of behavior analysis. 

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Punishment and mental health have a bad rep, but we can change that with ABA! In this episode, Ashley and Katie get technical about stimulus equivalence and dive into relational frame theory to analyze how we can contribute to the positive relational framing of punishment and mental health diagnoses.

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October 23, 2022 44 min

There is a lot of debate on whether or not ABA can and should be used to target mentalistic or psychological behaviors such as anxiety and depression. The good news is, mental health diagnoses are essentially a list of behaviors and ABA is all about targeting behaviors!! The bad news is, there is a large language and terminology barrier we need to overcome. Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out in this episode about treating mental h...

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The experimental and applied sciences of behavior inform us of the principles and laws we use in practice. However, there can be large gaps between what the science says and what the real life situation looks like for one individual person and/or family unit. Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out about the difference between experimental behavior analysis, applied behavior analysis, and practice guided by behavioral principles, why t...

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September 11, 2022 55 min

Sometimes the ethics code can seem like a barrier and cause frustration in delivering treatment, but it does exist for very good reasons. Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out about a few of the controversial and/or challenging codes in our field and why they are important even though they can make you want to engage in SIB some days!

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What is aversive therapy? What is contingent shock therapy (CCS)? Should we subject one of our most vulnerable populations to such practices? Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out about their strong feelings against painful and punishing applied behavior analysis (ABA) and advocate for a therapy that promotes positive-based intervention, person centered growth, and focuses on the values of the individual, their family, and the commun...

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How do you know Katie and Ashley are ABA nerds? They love the field so much that they are eager to learn and grow outside of changing individual behavior. Listen to them nerd out hard on a topic within the field that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, Organizational Behavior Management, easier known as OBM. In this episode, you will learn tips and resources on how to create a more positive work space for your organization.

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What does it look like to ethically treat adult clients that can lead independent lives? Find out with our guest Carlos Torres, Director of the Transitions Program of Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program located in Appleton, WI. Listen to him nerd out with Ashley and Katie about how his passion for helping others led him to developing an assessment and full functioning treatment program (among other awesome resources!) for adults on...

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April 24, 2022 49 min

There's a debate on whether or not teaching social skills is ethical and whether we should be targeting them with Applied Behavior Analysis. Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out about why it's important to not only validate and listen to the community and individuals receiving services, but also ensure they are being taught skills to help them more successfully build their own social relationships.

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What is verbal behavior and how can we be sure we are ethically targeting it? Ashley and Katie have their first guest, Brad Brezinksi, BCBA on their fifth episode to nerd out about ethically teaching verbal behavior.

Also, this episode counts as a CEU so if you are interested in obtaining credit for listening, please click this link and follow the instructions on the form

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March 13, 2022 46 min

Why is it is so important to care about yourself? Ashley and Katie nerd out in their fourth episode on how it isn't selfish to do self-care. On the contrary, it's actually part of our ethical code to take care of ourselves!

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    What is ACT therapy and how can it help you become a more ethical and compassionate ABA therapist? Listen to Ashley and Katie nerd out about how much they love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and share some experiences with it in their own lives.

    This episode counts as 1.5 CEUs so if you are interested in obtaining credit for listening, please click this link and follow the instructions on the form. 

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    February 13, 2022 46 min

    Did you know that extinction is happening in everyday life, sometimes and often without us even knowing or noticing it?! That's right, extinction is inevitable in the science of behavior. Unfortunately, extinction can be applied ethically or unethically. How do we as clinicians ensure that we are only using and applying the method of extinction ethically? Listen to Katie and Ashley nerd out about their thoughts and suggestions ...

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    January 30, 2022 38 min

    Ashley and Katie nerd out on their love for the field of ABA and introduce their podcast. Topics include how our field has some healing to do and how ABA and Psychology can be BFFs.

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