Living and Learning with Animals© with Dr. Susan Friedman

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May 18th and 19th 2019, Santa Barbara, California

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Workshop Description

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, which gives this course trans-species, and interdisciplinary relevance to all professionals working with behavior.

Topics are presented with slides and illustrative videos and include the following:

  • 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 Respondent Behavior
  • Procedures for Changing Operant Behavior
  • Designing Behavior Change Plans.

As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be better able to teach learners effectively and humanely.

Who is this workshop for?

LLA Professional is designed to be a first course in behavior analysis for veterinarians, animal trainers, behavior consultants, zookeepers, and other animal and behavior professionals.

The principles and procedures of behavior analysis are general in nature, that is, they apply to all species and situations. Thus, LLA Professional provides a robust, general foundation to accurately assess and resolve behavior problems, and more effectively support your behavior-work with clients and patients.

For additional information on the LLA course, please view Dr. Friedman’s Behavior Works website.

About Dr. Susan Friedman

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 14 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at a variety of conferences, and consults with zoos around the world. Susan is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (Natural Encounters).

Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC, and IAATE. Last year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.” Susan’s acclaimed online course, Living and Learning with Animals for Behavior Professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 35 countries (Behavior Works).