Verbal Behavior Webinar Series – Stage 1 & Stage 2 Bundle

This bundle gives you access to:

Stage One: The Basic Verbal Operants and Verbal Behavior

Stage Two: How the Basic Verbal Operants Come Together and Interact with Nonverbal Behavior.  Not eligible for further coupon discounts.

Presented by: Professor A. Charles Catania

Part 1 Thursday 10/4/18 10:00 am-1:00 pm eastern

Part 2 Thursday, 10/18/18 10:00 am-1:00 pm eastern

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Continuing Education and Professional Development:

Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts:  6 Type II CEs  LIVE or RECORDED

Discounted Price with NO CE option is available.  All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for professional development hours. 


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Stage 1 Abstract

Verbal behavior is built upon nonverbal behavior, and this webinar will show how the basic verbal operants are shaped by the same kinds of contingencies as operate for behavior in general.  We’ll review the basic verbal classes (e.g., echoic behavior, manding, tacting, intraverbals, autoclitics) as introduced by Skinner, especially in his book, Verbal Behavior, and as they’ve since evolved.  We’ll examine how the formal classes (echoic, textual, transcription and dictation-taking behavior) provide for the replication of verbal units, and we’ll discover a crucial distinction between physical and verbal units.  We’ll see how reinforcement enters into the higher-order verbal class called manding, in which what someone says gets someone else to do something, and we’ll see how stimulus control enters into the class called tacting, in which verbal communities shape verbal responses that come to depend on antecedent stimuli.  Extensions of these relations lead us to consider naming and other higher-order classes, abstraction, the role of verbal behavior in our judgments of our own behavior and our reports of private events, and the multiple causation of verbal behavior


Stage 1 Learning Objectives:
 At the conclusion of this  webinar, participants should be able to:
(1) interpret instances of verbal behavior by identifying the different verbal classes that have come together to produce them
(2) identify the formal classes and the verbal rather than physical dimensions that define the relations between verbal stimuli and verbal responses (e.g., as in echoic behavior)
(3) describe how the tact relation differs fundamentally from accounts that discuss words in terms of their meanings or referents.
(4) distinguish between specific mands versus manding as a higher-order class of behavior.
(5) identify at least four different varieties of extensions of the tact.
A reading of Skinner’s book is not required for Part 1, but it is recommended to those participants who may wish to skip Part 1 and participate only in Part 2.


Stage 2 Abstract:

This webinar builds on the basics of verbal operants by showing how verbal operants come together in a variety of higher-order processes that can become integrated with each other.  We’ll consider: (1) the role of replications of verbal behavior in maintaining verbal communities; (2) the shaping of verbal behavior; (3) the effects of differential attention to various reinforcing or aversive classes of verbal stimuli; and (4) how the correspondences between verbal and nonverbal behavior can lead to verbal governance, in which verbal stimuli come to occasion nonverbal behavior that is sometimes independent of nonverbal contingencies.  We’ll examine how, taken together, these processes are relevant to education and treatment and other applications of our science. We’ll also consider extensions to literature and science and even to politics and religion.

Stage 2 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this  webinar, participants should be able to:
(1) give examples of the multiple causation of verbal responses that involve at least three different antecedents.
(2) recognize higher-order verbal classes and their nesting (as when individual tacts are members of a higher-order class called naming) and identify problems that may arise when different contingencies operate on classes at different hierarchical levels
(3) distinguish accounts of verbal behavior that emphasize function (e.g., the stimulus control of verbal behavior, and the contingencies that shape and maintain it) from more common everyday accounts in terms of form (e.g., topographies, grammatical and linguistic categories)
(4) identify the properties of and differences between contingency-shaped behavior and verbally governed behavior.
(5) interpret verbal behavior in natural settings in the terms of functional verbal processes that enter into them (including verbal shaping and verbal governance) and provide examples of how they may be incorporated into behavior analytic applications.
A reading of Skinner’s book is not required for Part 1, but it is recommended to those participants who may wish to skip Part 1 and participate only in Part 2.




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Charles Catania is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he co-founded the MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Human Services Psychology program.  He is Past-President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior​ and Associate Editor for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for the journal, ​Behavioral and Brain Sciences​.  He is author of more than 200 journal articles and chapters, and his books include ​Learning​, now in its 5​th​ edition, Variations and Selections​ (co-edited with Philip N. Hineline), the Definitive Edition of B. F. Skinner’s ​Cumulative Record​ (co-edited with Victor G. Laties) and, most recently, ​The ABCs of Behavior Analysis​.He is presently working on a new book, The Evolution of a Science: A Brief History of Behavior Analysis in the Twentieth Century, with co-authors Nancy Neef and Victor G. Laties.


Presenter Disclosure Statement

Dr. Catania receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC. Dr. Catania receives royalties for the sale of his books, some of which may be mentioned during this event. Atendees will be given in a link to purchase Dr. Catania’s current book, The ABCs of  Behavior Analysis, at a discounted price.




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