Decreasing Behavior

Decreasing Behavior 

This course will provide an overview of behavior reduction strategies. Arranging the environment to discourage undesirable behavior and using differential reinforcement, extinction, Type 1 and Type 2 punishers will be covered. Ethical considerations for the use of punishment will be discussed. 


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with B-1;B-2;B-3;B-4;D-14;D-15;D-16;D-16;D-17; on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-BM2-V2
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Use strategies to alter antecedent conditions to decrease behavior.
Use differential reinforcement procedures to decrease behavior.
Use extinction procedures to decrease behavior.
Use punishment in an ethical manner to decrease behavior.

Decreasing Behavior

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Identifying the Need to Decrease Behavior

Problem Behavior

The Problem with Problem Behavior

Why Do Problem Behaviors Occur?

Is the Environment the Problem?



Section 3: Differential Reinforcement and Reducing Behavior

Reinforcement to Reduce Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Low Rates of Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of High Rates of Behavior



Section 4: Using Extinction to Decrease Behavior

What is Extinction?

Extinction of Behavior Maintained by Positive Reinforcement

Extinction of Behavior Maintained by Negative Reinforcement

Extinction of Behavior Maintained by Automatic Reinforcement

Using Extinction Wisely



Section 5: Using Punishment to Decrease Behavior

Review of Punishment

Type 1 Punishment

Type 2 Punishment

Ethical Use of Punishment



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributor


Instructor: 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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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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