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Telecourses: Using Counter Conditioning and Desensitization Techniques Effectively to Modify Behavior


Instructor: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB & Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D., CAAB

Systematic Desensitization and Counter Conditioning are among the most powerful and most commonly used behavior modification techniques for dealing with pet behavior problems.

But do you know:

  • The scientific basis for these techniques?
  • The difference between operant and classical counter conditioning and when to use each?
  • The best situations for using desensitization and counter conditioning separately or together?
  • Five implementation mistakes to avoid that can cause unwanted changes in behavior?

The class will answer these questions and many more. We'll discuss what to consider to make the techniques work most effectively, and we'll contrast them with other behavior modification techniques. Finally, we'll present many examples and some selected case histories.

Here's what students have said about previous offerings:

"These telecourses are incredible and what a wonderful resource! I would love to take more of your courses. Thanks so much.I have learned a lot!!!"
Amy H.

"The classes were very informative, up to date, and presented the latest information, scientific evidence and provided additional resources to support of the material covered.  Suzanne & Dan's ( ABA's) format was easily understandable for the novice, yet still relevant and applicable to the experienced professional.  Dan & Suzanne kept the information flowing, encouraged dialogue, questions and gave real life examples which clearly illustrated and/or demonstrated the subject matter.   Suzanne & Dan make a great team - they were very positive & it is clear, they are really passionate about what they do!  Thanks!"
Janice S.

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Listen to a 3 minute sample of Drs. Hetts and Estep teaching the course

This course has been approved for 2.5 CEU hours from CCPDT and CACVT. It is now available two ways: LIVE and ON DEMAND.

The LIVE class is presented as a tele-webinar, with live audio, visual graphics and photographs. You'll be able to ask questions of the instructors in real time. Each weekly class session lasts approximately 1 hour. The course comes with class notes and recommended readings.

Can't make the live course or afraid you'll have to miss some classes? No worries - online replays are available immediately after each session and for one week following the end of the course. CEUs can be earned through listening to the replays by correctly emailing us answers to "test" questions given during the class

The LIVE class isn't on our current schedule. Please sign up for our ezine "Pet Behavior One Piece at a Time" to be notified about when it will be offered next. Can't wait for the next live class?

Take this class ON DEMAND now! The ON DEMAND class is a recorded tele-webcast with the full content of the live class including class discussion and class notes. You have one month's online access to all class sessions and an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors via email. Their answers to your questions will be recorded and emailed to you within a week.

You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We'll provide the details once you register.

RACE approved for 3 CEU hours . This ON DEMAND program (and ONLY the ON DEMAND program) was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at race@aavsb.org should you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s relevancy to the veterinary profession. (Animal Behavior Associates, Inc. is RACE provider #486)

Still have questions about the course? Email for more details info@animalbehaviorassociates.com

Fee: $59.00
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Register here for the On Demand Course

Fee includes the course and class notes with recommended readings.

SAVE BIG - Take our courses "Shining the Light of Science on Canine Behavior" (regular $110), "Fundamentals of Animal Learning" (regular $110) and this "Using Counter Conditioning and Desensitization Techniques" and save 15%. Get ALL THREE for $237 (a savings of $42!)
If you register for the package, you will have 3 months access to all class sessions.

Buy the Package - Canine Ethology + Animal Learning + Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Fee: $237.00
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Register here for the Package

As soon as you register for any of our courses please put info@AnimalBehaviorAssociates.com in your email address book or safe list to increase the chance our emails won’t be blocked. Once we receive notice of your payment, we’ll send you a Class Welcome and Information email.  If you haven't heard from us within 48 hours (weekdays) of your payment, please email us at info@AnimalBehaviorAssociates.com. Also, check your spam box.

Don't need the CEUs? Prefer a recorded version of the class? Get this program on DVD! (This 2-DVD set doesn't include class discussion but does include the full lecture content of the live course plus class notes)

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