Token Economies

Token Economies 

Token economies are systems for providing reinforcement to individuals so the display of desirable behaviors can be increased. They have been used successfully in various educational, behavioral health, and intervention settings since the 1960s. This course will cover how token economies are established and adapted to various settings and situations. The content in this course is applicable to those seeking the Registered Behavior Technician™ credential. This training program is based on the RBT® Task List, 2nd edition, and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with D-11 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-TE
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2025
Learning Objectives:
Explain how token economies can be used to reinforce desired behavior.
Describe the basics of token economies.
Describe the major components of token economies.
Describe various applications of token economies.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Basics of Token Economies

There Has to Be a Better Way

Effective Reinforcement

Token Economy

What Is Reinforcement?

Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement

What Makes a Reinforcer Effective

Two Categories of Reinforcement

The Token Reinforcement Cycle



Section 3: Components of Token Systems

What Starts Out Good Can Go So Bad

Clearly Defined Target Behaviors

Meet Marcy

Categories of Behaviors

Reasonable Number of Behaviors or Categories

Token Delivery

Types of Tokens

Storing and Collecting Tokens

Back-Up Reinforcers and Reinforcer Menus

Exchange Schedules

Response Cost




Section 4: Different Uses of Token Economies

So Many Uses

Token Systems for Young Children

Incorporating Token Reinforcement in Discrete Trials

Uses in Naturalistic Settings

Mission Accomplished

Uses in Schools

School-Wide PBIS



Section 5: Conclusion


Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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