Some Behavior Analytic Models of Verbal Behavior with Amanda Chastain, BCBA

Amanda Chastain, BCBA

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Amanda Chastain, BCBA, for a webinar on Verbal Behavior for Behavior Analysts!

Please note – the presenter was difficult to understand at some points in the presentation, due to illness on the day of the event. We appreciate your patience and understanding!


What is RFT? How is it different from Skinner’s Verbal Behavior? Why does it matter?

In this event, we will start ‘at the beginning’ by exploring B. F. Skinner’s initial take on Verbal Behavior and Murray Sidman’s contributions with Stimulus Equivalence. These discussions set the context for consideration of Relational Frame Theory as an extension of these concepts. We’ll wrap up with why this is worth understanding for Behavior Analysts, with direct connection to Early Behavior Intervention goals and programs.

About the Presenter:

Amanda Chastain, BCBA, completed her master’s degree in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) at California State University, Sacramento where she specialized in Skinner’s verbal behavior, stimulus equivalence, and bidirectional naming. After graduation, she received training and supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while working as a Senior Research Associate in an Applied Behavior Analysis lab at the University of Southern California, as a Program Director at an ABA agency in Los Angeles, and as a Lab Manager for the ACT/Prosocial lab based out of Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Chastain values the dissemination of information to close the gap between research and practice around complex verbal behavior, often doing her part in the form of presentations, publications, and training workshops. Currently, she is working towards obtaining her Doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the supervision of Dr. Mark Dixon and Dr. Tamar Heller. Her current research focuses on complex verbal behavior, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when Skinner’s model for verbal behavior is useful and the limitation of its utility in teaching and understanding complex verbal behavior.
  2. Set up a basic equivalence-based instruction program.
  3. List types of derived relational responding beyond equivalence.

CEU’s included, and Cost to View:

  • FREE to view with 1.5 CEU’s

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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