CEU Event: Drive & Motivation Understanding the Cause of Behaviour

When: Ongoing
Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 0.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 0.00

* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.

PLEASE NOTE: CPDT-KA can earn a MAXIMUM of 12 CPDT-KSA Skills CEUS within their 3 year certification period.


When changing behavior, we are often uniquely focused on the Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence sequence. However, less emphasis is placed on understanding the role of "drive" or motivation in behavior. Understanding and utilizing the concepts of Motivating Operations (MOs) from the field of Behavior Analysis, is a needed skill for every trainer in order to have a more complete understanding of why an animal does what it does. MOs will explain why some behavior seems to “come out of nowhere” with no antecedents in sight and why reinforcers may gain or lose value in a single moment. Attendees will learn complex topics, such as understanding the difference between Establishing and Abolishing Operations, Discriminative Stimuli and MOs, and the importance of MOs in extinction, appetitive and aversive conditioning, and unconditioned and conditioned MOs. Understanding these topics will allow attendees to have a more complete understanding of human and non-human animal behavior.

Speaker(s):Alexandra Protopova, PhD, CPDT-KA

Contact: jennifer
 Email: education@apdt.com
 Phone: 800-738-3647
 Web: https://www.pathlms.com/apdt/courses/20016