Workshop Information

Workshop Information

Workshop Selection Process

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Time and Location

  • When: Thursday April 21, 2022
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Dallas. Workshops are in person only. No remote registrations are available.
  • Registration: Workshops are a separate fee from conference registration. You do not need to be registered for the conference to register and attend a workshop. There are no student or RBT rate for workshops.
  • Audience: Workshops are geared towards BCBAs and BCBA-Ds.
  • CEUs: BACB CEUs are available for each workshop, 6-hour and 3-hour. No partial CEUs are awarded (i.e., if you only attend one 3-hour session for the 6-hour workshop then you will not be eligible for CEUs)
  • Materials: Some workshops may require you to bring a laptop, this is listed for the workshop and included in the confirmation email. Workshop instructors will provide other materials during the workshop, these may be emailed to registrants ahead of time by either the instructor or TxABA1.
  • Price (includes registration, materials, and CEUs)
    • TxABA Members: $80 for a 3-hour workshop; $150 for the 6-hour workshop
    • Nonmembers: $120 for a 3-hour workshop; $225 for the 6-hour workshop

To register:

  1. Log into your TxABA profile or create an account
  2. Go to TxABA's home page (
  3. Click on "Purchase Registration, Membership, and CEUs"
  4. Select the workshop(s) you wish to attend
  5. Check the box agreeing to our terms of service, then click "submit"
  6. Go to your TxABA profile, review your cart, then click "checkout" when you're ready
  7. A new invoice will be created on the left side of the screen. Click the "pay with card" button associated with your wokrshop invoice. Alternatively, you may mail a check to PO Box 4233, Dallas, TX, 75208 and made out to "Texas Association for Behavior Analysis"

Code of Conduct

All workshop instructors and attendees are expected to adhere to the BACB Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts and the ABAI Ethics and Diversity Policy

TxABA Contact Information

  • Email questions to:
  • Address: PO Box 4233, Dallas, TX 75208


1Some workshops may recommend products, services, or books that the instructor has developed and may receive royalties from.

Workshop information

Engineering Schools for Student Success

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Guy Bruce, PhD

Basic Information

  • Date: Thursday April 21, 2022
  • Time: 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm (lunch on your own)
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Duration and CEUs: 6-hours with 6 BACB CEUs available


Do you work as a program designer, staff trainer, supervisor, or director of an agency that provides educational services to students with learning difficulties? Are you satisfied with your clients’ progress? Behavior analysis developed a powerful technology for helping people, but too many clients don't receive the benefits. Why not? The easy answer is that employees don't do what they are told. But the employees’ performance, just like their clients’ performance, is a product of their environment. Do employees have the resources, training, and management necessary to help their clients achieve their goals? What about their supervisors? What about their directors? Organizations are groups of individuals who must work together to provide their clients with the outcomes they want. The failure of clients to make adequate progress is not usually an individual employee performance problem, but a performance problem at the system process, and individual levels of the organization.

This workshop will teach you how to design and implement a pragmatic organizational performance engineering process to change how providers work together, so that every student makes efficient progress. The EARS process has the following steps: 1) Evaluate student progress; 2) Analyze causes of provider performance problems; 3) Recommend changes in provider resources, training, and management; and 4) Solve provider performance problems by designing and implementing recommended changes in provider resources, training, and management.


Dr. Bruce will email registrants prior to the workshop with materials and information regarding a free trial of software that will be demonstrated during the workshop. Please bring both a laptop and a mobile device (either OS or Android phone or tablet) to this workshop.

Nonlinear Contingency Analysis: Going Beyond Cognition and Behavior in Clinical Practice - An Introductory Workshop

Awab Abel-Jalil

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T.V. Joe Layng

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Awab Abdel-Jalil (presenting in-person) and
T.V. Joe Layng, PhD (presenting remotely)

Basic Information

  • Date: Thursday April 21, 2022
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Duration and CEUs: 3 hours with 3 BACB CEUs available
  • Other Information: Awab Abel-Jalil will be presenting in-person while Dr. Layng will be presenting remotely.


This workshop will provide an overview of the principles and practices described in the recent book Nonlinear Contingency Analysis: Going Beyond Cognition and Behavior in Clinical Practice (Layng, Andronis, Codd III, and Abdel-Jalil, 2022), including:

  • Examples from clinical and organizational casework, including children diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and their parents
  • An introduction to the constructional approach and programing, utilizing the constructional questionnaire and behavioral logs
  • The analysis of linear and nonlinear relations
  • The development of topical and systemic interventions

The functional analysis of behavior has become the generally accepted standard for initial behavioral assessment in the delivery of human services by both public and private agencies, and many other institutions throughout the United States. At the same time, perhaps because of the demands imposed by their rapid and widespread dissemination, the procedures associated with this approach have often become formalized around a relatively “simplified” cluster of basic analytic questions. Though certain so-called “third wave” therapeutic and training approaches have offered some positive outcomes, Goldiamond (1974, 1984), and more recently, Layng et al. (2022) have elaborated a more thoroughgoing contingency analytic perspective. The elements of this perspective begins with a type of Constructional Approach (after, Goldiamond 1974, 1975) to the functional analysis of behavior: Nonlinear Contingency Analysis (NCA), which may be used to provide both topical and systemic intervention programs, where the problem presented may not be the problem to solve. NCA not only examines the consequences of the disturbing behavior, but the consequences of not engaging in the disturbing behavior, and those consequences attached to any available alternative behaviors. The joint effect on the behavior of interest of all of these contingencies is what we mean by nonlinear. Behavior, thoughts, and feelings are to be understood in this broader context. Thus, this approach goes beyond simply examining and treating disturbing behavior, thoughts, or feelings and considers the larger contingency context in which the pattern occurs. Accordingly, it is the consequential contingency and seldom is “behavior,” “cognition,” or “emotion,” the primary focus of the intervention. Whereas many therapies try to help clients see the glass as half full, through reframing thoughts and positive thinking, and others help clients accept the glass as half empty and to pursue valued goals, NCA encourages clients to perhaps get a new glass altogether.

Professional Presentations: Public Speaking Skills for Behavior Analysts

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Derek Reed, PhD

Basic Information

  • Date: Thursday April 21, 2022
  • Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Duration and CEUs: 3 hours with 3 BACB CEUs available


Behavior analysts routinely speak in front of interdisciplinary teams, collaborators, peers, and colleagues. Whether presenting research or advocating behavioral practices, public speaking is a job requirement for many behavior analysts. Yet, behavior analytic training often excludes this critical skillset. Beyond the importance of representing themselves well, behavior analysts often find themselves needing to convince outside professionals of the legitimacy of their science or practice, placing the behavior analyst in an even more substantial role as ambassador of the discipline. This workshop provides foundational knowledge and strategies for professional-level public speaking. Topics covered include: planning for public addresses, outline a successful story to tell, slide deck development, stage presence, and general trips and strategies to handle public speaking. Attendees will leave the workshop with timelines to prepare talks, outlines and templates for creating presentation "story boards," and tips for delivering impressive and memorable presentations. This workshop will not provide training on specific slide deck software platforms, however. A unique aspect of this workshop is that it provides a behavior analytic approach to public speaking--references to behavioral studies will be provided, and content generated and provided by the workshop speaker will be grounded in relevant behavioral research.

Conference Sponsors

TxABA would like to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship of the 2022 conference.