A New Perspective: An Examination of the Constructional Approach

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JUNE 18th @ 10AM MST To claim members discount, please make sure you are logged in to your members account. When presented with any behavioral challenge, we have two approaches available: the Pathological Approach and the Constructional Approach. When training, the type of approach selected can profoundly impact the training program produced. When taking a Constructional Approach, programs that rely on punishment or extinction have no place since the focus is solely on building repertoires and never removing consequences for undesired behavior. This presentation will explore the five critical components of Constructional programs and their influence on modern training. Bio Sean and Maasa studied under Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and earned their master's degrees in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. While studying at UNT, Sean spearheaded the development of Constructional Affection, and Maasa modified the procedure for use with equines. In addition, they developed constructional shelter programs to increase efficiency in local animal shelters and trained shelter staff and volunteers. Currently, Sean is in Florida Tech's doctoral program researching problem-solving and animal training. ​ In 2020, Sean and Maasa founded the Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training (CAAWT). CAAWT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free training to individuals and organizations that need training and cannot afford it. To fulfill this mission, Sean and Maasa host the CAAWT Membership, the annual CAAWT Conference, Group/Private Classes, webinars, CAAWT Podcast, and more!
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