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July 2020

While this July may see less firework displays, summer festivals, and crowded beaches than years past, the summer months still allow for time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the warmer temperatures.  Speaking of beaches and warmth, read on to find out what's new in our Climate Corner, and have a look at our first free course on the deep blue sea! We are also pleased to announce the return of the 8-Hour Supervisory Training and the continuation of our Bookstore Clearance Sale.  Need some CE credits from the comfort of your own home?  We are hosting various webinars coming up in July, too! Stay cool and safe, and enjoy your July.

Climate Corner
Climate Change Needs Behavior Change
Caroly Shumway, Ph.D.

Did you know that over 70% of Americans believe in and care about climate change (Yale Climate Change Survey, 2019)? Why, then, do people not act?  Climate change is the perfect psychological storm of future discounting, despair, and lack of perceived efficacy of action:

  • Future discounting: we rank present risks (even unlikely ones) higher than future risks;
  • Despair: climate change news often focuses solely on the likely impacts, which are depressing to read, instead of stories of hope; and
  • Lack of perceived efficacy of action: individuals don't think their own pro-climate actions or collective actions will matter.

The good news is that these barriers are not insolvable. This month, we will be releasing our first Behavior Change and Climate Mitigation 101 course. The course, designed for environmental practitioners and educators, provides practical guidance on how to break through the psychological barriers of inaction. It teaches one how to determine which behavioral tools to use for different audiences and for different situations. Some of the effective interventions described in the course include: 1) Highlighting response efficacy of collective and individual action to encourage public behaviors such as voting, writing to government officials, etc. (Doherty and Webler, 2016);  2) Helping people to feel good about pro-climate behaviors (Van der Linden, 2018);  3) Countering climate despair with stories of hope, pride, and climate action (Feldman and Hart, 2018; Antonetti and Makleen, 2014); 4) Making it easy to change relevant daily habits such as transportation, eating, energy use, etc., with choice architecture and other strategies (Ebeling and Lotz, 2015); 5) Countering cognitive biases such as future discounting with legacy motivation (Zaval et al., 2013); 6) Utilizing block leaders, peers, and social groups to model trending behavior; and 7) Tailoring behavioral tools and messages to ideologically different audiences (Gustafson et al., 2020). You can access all of the references here. We encourage behavior analysts to join other behavioral researchers and practitioners in advancing pro-climate behaviors worldwide.

P.S. Did you know of the important role that the ocean plays in buffering CO2 and the heat from temperature increases due to global warming? If not, you may be interested in the release of our first free course DiveDeeper: Blue Carbon.  Blue carbon is the carbon stored by coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses, and tidal marshes. The course is a supplement to the excellent short climate change videos created by Dave Borlace of Just Have a Think, with whom we've just begun to collaborate.  I hope you'll check out the videos and our course.

8-Hour Supervisory Training for Behavior Analysts

Developed in partnership with Drs. Jon Bailey and Mary Burch, this course is approved for 9.5 Learning Supervision BACB CE credits and meets the BACB's requirement for an 8-hour, competency-based training. This course is up to date (based on the 2.0 BACB Supervisor Training Task List). The activity involves watching videos, completing fluency-based learning exercises, and completing quizzes along the way.


Featured, Overstock & Clearance Books!
July Feature:

Ennio Cipani's Functional Behavioral Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment 3rd Edition

Overstock & Clearance!

Analyzing Ethics Questions from Behavior Analysts

Anxiety Management for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Autism Intervention Every Day!

Comprehensive Behavior Management

Deliberate Coaching

Early Intervention Every Day!

Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis by Fisher

Leading School Improvement



July 15th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET | Adrianna's Journey - Making Measurable Progress With My Two Sons

July 17th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET | Revolutionizing Reading Instruction with Michael Maloney

July 21, 2020 - 2pm - 4pm ET | Assessing and Treating Childhood Sleep Problems by Dr. Keira Moore

July 23, 2020 - 2pm - 4pm ET | Understanding Anxiety in Individuals with Autism by Dr. Keira Moore

July 30, 2020 11am - 2pm ET | BITES® | The Behavioral InTEgrated with Speech Approach to Feeding Therapy - PART 1

August 6, 2020 - 11am - 2pm ET | BITES® | The Behavioral InTEgrated with Speech Approach to Feeding Therapy - PART 2

August 10, 2020 | BITES® recordings become available for viewing. Available for pre-order now!

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