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BEHP1239: B.F. Skinner and His Involvement in Humanism: An Underappreciated Aspect of ABA History

Time limit: 60 days
1.5 credits

$19.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time1 hour, 35 minutes
1.5 Learning CEs (can also be used for ethics)
PresenterBobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Course Description: Discusses that, while psychology textbooks often paint ABA and humanism in opposite corners, B. F. Skinner was named Humanist of the Year in the early 1970s by the American Humanist Association. Explores Skinner’s involvement in many discussions within humanist circles and his being a signer of the Humanist Manifesto Two. Notes that his involvement was controversial among many who did not truly understand his work. Outlines the impact of Skinner and discusses finding a place squarely for Skinner (and ABA) within the true humanist tradition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe key points from articles authored by Skinner and other behavior analysts in The Humanist regarding similarities and differences between ABA, humanism and third-force psychology (the last of which is often misnamed humanistic psychology).
  • Describe aspects of humanist philosophy and be able to describe similarities and differences between ABA and humanism.
  • Formulate behavior goals and treatment plans based on a humanist understanding that are in keeping with ABA practice and ethical guidelines.

Keywords: Humanism, ethics, autonomy, theory, philosophy, Skinner

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs with background knowledge in the concepts and principles of behavior analysis. This course is eligible for ethics CE credit. Designed for those practicing in the field of behavior analysis to maintain a professional and ethical practice.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)