Principles of Behavior Part 1: Reinforcement


Key elements in this chapter include the story of Levi who demonstrated multiple episodes of severe challenging behavior including self-injury with the potential to cause permanent damage. Also included are discussions of behavioral laws, the definition of behavior, and an introduction to the work of Dr. B.F. Skinner and applied behavior analysis. Key elements in this chapter also include the presentation of basic terminology and concepts derived from the science of applied behavior analysis. Video vignettes provide illustrations of terminology and examples of concepts in real life every day situations and environments. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link:


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council

1.25 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with B-01;B-02;B-05;B-06;B-14;B-15;B-16;B-17 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-BM1
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2018
Learning Objectives:
Describe the origin of the principles of behavior analysis.
Identify the ABCs of behavior
Explain and provide examples of positive and negative reinforcement.
Explain the difference between positive and negative reinforcement.
Explain and provide examples of punishment.
Compare and contrast negative reinforcement and punishment.

•Behavior •Applied behavior analysis •B.F. Skinner •Reinforcement •Positive reinforcement •Negative reinforcement •Punishment •Positive punishment •Negative punishment •Antecedents •Consequences •ABCs of behavior

Staff Writer: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA
In 2008 Emaley McCulloch co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC and is currently the Director of Behavioral Products and Research at Relias Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has 17 years experience in the field of autism and ABA and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. Disclosure: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Amy Wiech M. Ed. BCBA
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Education in Special Education with emphasis in Behavior Analysis from University of Hawaii. She co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC in 2008. She has over 16 years' experience and thousands of hours of training in the field of autism and ABA as well as experience in teaching autistic children in preschool and elementary settings. She has worked directly with over 50 individuals with autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 19 months to 21 years. Disclosure: Amy Wiech M. Ed. BCBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
BCAT Task List:
B-01 Principles of ABA, B-02 Principles of ABA, B-05 Principles of ABA, B-06 Principles of ABA, B-14 Principles of ABA, B-15 Principles of ABA, B-16 Principles of ABA, B-17 Principles of ABA
B-03, D-03, D-04
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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