Continuing Education for BCBAs

Ongoing webinars designed for BCBAs and other professionals

2018-2019 CE Webinar Series

Thursday, October 25, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenter: Jason Bourret, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Conditioned Reinforcement May Not be a Thing

The concept of conditioned reinforcement plays a crucial role in behavior analytic theory. It underlies our interpretation of the action of stimuli like those signaling links in a chain, tokens, praise, money, and attention. A traditional view of conditioned reinforcement portrays the establishment process as an outcome of stimulus-stimulus pairing. However, although conditioned reinforcers may acquire eliciting functions, these are not required for us to conclude that a stimulus has become a conditioned reinforcer. The respondent and operant processes are putatively distinct. How does the establishment of a reinforcing function fit into this stimulus pairing conceptualization? We know that stimuli in chained and token schedules can serve discriminative functions. They can act as both discriminative stimuli and stimuli that signal extinction (in fact, several studies have shown that tokens can have a suppressive effect on responding). Some authors have argued that there may be, in fact, no such thing as conditioned reinforcement and that apparent reinforcement effects are merely the “conditioned reinforcers” acting as discriminative stimuli. I will attempt to shed some light on the empirical findings that have led to these conclusions and provide an interpretation that is coherent with Michael’s (1993) conceptualization of conditioned establishing operations.

1 CE offered


Thursday, November 15, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenter: Jonathan Seaver, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Essential Aspects of Mand Training

Manding is often recommended as the first verbal operant to teach for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities. The mand is unique as a verbal operant because it is maintained by characteristic reinforcers and is sensitive to motivating operations for those reinforcers. There are several teaching tactics to establish manding that have been empirically demonstrated. In addition, there are a few studies that have looked at the action of establishing operations on manding to attempt to confirm the function of a response as a mand. We will review the existing literature on mand-training procedures, assessments to identify the action of establishing operations on manding, and discuss the conditions under which different mand-training procedures are most appropriate.

2 CEs offered

NECC is an approved BACB® Type 2 CE Provider (1 credit per training hour).


Registration closes at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on the day of the webinar.

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