Webinar: Contingencies of Joy with Dr. Shahla Alai

Online - Webinar
Dr. Shahla AlaiApril 22, 2022 - April 22, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Shahla Alai for another Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This presentation will provide an overview of practices that nurture joy in the lives of young children with autism, their families and their supporting professionals.

This event will be recorded for later viewing in case you register but are unable to join in live.


The talk is divided into three sections. The first section explores the concept of joy and discusses the role of contingencies in understanding and changing behavior for the better. The second section focuses on the role of evidence-based practice, the ethical need to go beyond reducing problems, and the importance of striving to preventatively and proactively foster healthy relationships at all levels. The final section provides a framework for continued progress by establishing intentional communities of practice. Communities of practice with a mission of increasing joy are likely to encourage ongoing learning, human connections and loving approaches to intervention. They are also more likely to foster interventions that are not described as traumatizing or cruel.

This presentation is based, in part, on: Alai & Zueg (2010), Three Considerations; Alai, Toussaint & McGee (2018) Incidental Teaching: Happy Progress; Miller, Re Cruz & Alai (2019) Inherent Tensions and Possibilities: Behavior Analysis and Cultural Responsiveness; Alai-Rosales, et al, (2019) The Big Four; and, Alai & Heinkle-Wolfe (coming in Fall 2021) Between Now and Dreams (a book for parents)

About the Presenter

Shahla Alai-Rosales, PHD, BCBA-D, LBA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She has taught courses in Texas, Europe and the Middle East on a variety of topics, including ethics, early autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, technology transfer, behavior change techniques, and cultural diversity. Shahla has served on several boards and disciplinary committees and has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, and supervision and mentoring. Shahla has more than four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts. She has received awards for her teaching, her work with families, and for her work in the community. She is a mother and a grandmother and cherishes every moment of joy with her family, friends and community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will describe the conceptualizations and ethical rationales for nourishing joyful interventions
  2. Participants will identify practices that contribute to nurturing and progressive interventions.
  3. Participants will describe preventative approaches and why they are important to joy.
  4. Participants will describe a cuspal approach to nourishing joy within family relationships.
  5. Participants will describe a framework for evolving as a compassionate and skilled therapist.
  6. Participants will consider the “big questions” we can ask ourselves about interventions.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 2.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (Ethics)
    • $40 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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