ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Dr. Joe Layng: NCA- Was the Future of Clinical Behavior Analysis Discovered 40 Years Ago? – 4/17/19

ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents:
NCA: Was the Future of Clinical Behavior Analysis Discovered 40 Years Ago?

Dr. Joe Layng

This event is FREE for the general public. For those that want a certificate of completion for continuing education credits please purchase the discounted CEs. This event is being offered at the Special ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price of $50 for 2 Type II CEUs.

Live Recording Information:

  • Date:¬†Wednesday, 4/17/19
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm eastern standard time

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  • This webinar is presented LIVE and will be recorded. All registrants have the opportunity to attend LIVE and/or view the recording during the 5 day limited access period that begins the day after the live webinar.
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Over the past several years, evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, FAP, and others, have become increasingly popular. While differing in their procedures, they all share a common characteristic: they largely rely on what may be considered linear analyses and topical interventions. A different approach is described here that has the potential to add to the therapist’s analytical tool box. In contrast to the more common therapies, it is derived from nonlinear (consequential) contingency analysis (NCA) and offers the possibility of systemic as well as topical interventions. NCA and its developmental history, previously described by Layng (2009), is the result of decades-long research, much of which was conducted at the University of Chicago by Israel Goldiamond, his colleagues, and students over 40 years ago. This webinar provides an introductory exploration and explanation of nonlinear contingency analysis illustrated with case studies often found among the most challenging.

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will distinguish between pathological and constructional approaches to clinical practice.

2) Participants will distinguish between linear and nonlinear analysis in clinical practice.

3) Participants will distinguish between topical and systemic interventions clinical practice


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 2 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: 2 CEs Live or Recording
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: N/a
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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6:00 pm: Introduction

6:05 pm: Live webinar begins

7:45 pm: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function

8 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form

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Dr. Layng cofounded and serves as Chief Scientist at ChangePartner, which applies advanced, systemic behavior analytics and mobile technology to improving hospital patient care and outcomes. He also co-founded and is a partner in Generategy, LLC, which produces advanced educational apps for the iOS platform.

In 1999 Dr. Layng co-founded Headsprout, now a part of a Learning A-Z. He led the scientific team that developed the

technology that forms the basis of the patented Early Reading and Reading Comprehension programs, for which he was the chief architect. Dr. Layng was Headsprout’s Senior Scientist and has over 40 years of experience in the experimental and applied learning/behavioral sciences with a particular focus on the design of instruction and systemic clinical intervention.

Dr. Layng earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences (Biopsychology) at the University of Chicago where he collaborated on research investigating the production of untrained complex symbolic repertoires recruited from simpler behavioral components, contingency adduction, which led to some of the key elements upon which Generative Instruction technology is based. Working with pigeons, he investigated animal models of psychopathology, specifically the recurrence of pathological patterns (head-banging) as a function of normal behavioral processes. Dr. Layng has considerable experience in clinical behavior analysis and continue to be interested in this area.

In the 1990s, Dr. Layng was the Director of the Academic Support Center, and then Dean of Public Agency and Special Training Programs at Malcolm X College in Chicago. He has published extensively, including a widely read paper on Generative Instruction, which appeared in the American Psychologist. He is currently a scientific advisor to the DOE supported Center on Innovations in Learning, a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and a member of the Board of Trustees of TCS Education System, Pacific Oaks College, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Layng will not be selling any materials in the presentation but will recommend published articles.Dr. Layng does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM).



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Pricing Option

Continuing Education Hours, General Public/No CE hours

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