"Living and Learning with Animals" with Susan Friedman - May 29-31, 2020 - 2 or 3 Day Option

Regular price $300.00

“Living and Learning with Animals” with Susan Friedman

May 29-31, 2020 (Two or Three Day Options)

Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) is a seminar focused on the fundamental principles of learning and behavior, and the behavior change technology known as applied behavior analysis. All animals change their behavior due to experience, i.e., they learn. Thus, this course has both trans-species and interdisciplinary relevance to all professionals working with behavior.  The following topics are presented with slides and illustrative videos:  How Behavior Works: Understanding and Misunderstanding Behavior; The Significance of Science to Behavior Consulting; Respondent and Operant Learning; Functional Assessment; The Commitment to Ethical Practice; The Case for Empowerment; Procedures for Changing Behavior; and, Designing Behavior Change Plans. As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be better able to teach learners effectively and humanely.

Topics Covered

  • Conventional Wisdom vs Science-based Knowledge
  • Model Matters (Medical, Ethological, Neural, Behavioral)
  • Behavior Analysis Model (Behavior x Environment)
  • Obstacles to Critical Thinking (Determinism and Constructs)
  • Working Definitions (Behavior, Learning, Training)
  • Functional Assessment (ABCs)
  • Functional Behavior Model (Replacement Behavior and New Skills)
  • Behavior Change Procedures (Filling the Toolbox)
  • Antecedent Influencers (Setting, Motivating Operations, Cues)
  • Four Quadrants
  • Reinforcement and Bridges
  • Schedules of Reinforcement
  • Shaping
  • Problems with Punishment
  • Alternatives to Punishment
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Wrap up with the Bottom Line

Susan Friedman, PhD, is a psychology professor at Utah State University, world-renowned animal behaviorist, and pioneer of the behavior change technology known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With expertise in human learning, behavior disorders, and ethical practices, Dr. Friedman provides an interdisciplinary approach to animal behavior. Friedman’s online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers, have attracted students from 22 countries. Friedman has written chapters in three veterinary texts (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior) and her work has appeared in magazines around the world. She has presented seminars globally for organizations such as Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Continuing Education Units
This seminar has been approved by CCPDT for 7 CEUs for trainers and 7 CEUs for behavior consultants.

Date, Cost, Dietary Information
This seminar has a two-day or a three-day option. The two-day option runs May 30-31 and encompasses both lecture days. No animal interactions will occur on these days. This option is $300. The three-day option runs May 29-31 and encompasses an animal interaction day on May 29. This option is $500. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.

Refund Policy
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the seminar can apply 75% of the registration fee to another seminar. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the seminar. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.

If you have any questions, please email christopher@wolfpark.org.