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Parvene Farhoody and Bob BaileyWorkshops



Bailey-Farhoody
Operant Conditioning
Chicken Workshops




2015 Summer Workshop Schedule

Discrimination June 3 - 7
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Discrimination June 10 - 14
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Cueing June 17 - 21 Register Online
Criteria June 24 - 28 Register Online
Discrimination July 1 - 5 Register Online
Cueing July 8 - 12 Register Online
Criteria July 15 - 19 Register Online
Chaining July 22 - 26 Register Online
Teaching July 29 - August 2 Register Online

2015 Germany Workshop Schedule

Discrimination January 2 - 6
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Cueing January 8 - 12 Register Online
Criteria January 15 - 19 Register Online

Bailey-Farhoody
Operant Conditioning Chicken Workshops
In Wittlich, Germany
for the Second Year!

These Workshops are the original “College Level” Workshops taught in the USA

Dr. Bob Bailey and Ms. Parvene Farhoody, MA, teach these Workshops using chickens as a behavior model in order to teach operant conditioning (OC) and applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles. The goal of all Bailey-Farhoody Workshops is to advanced human skill NOT just to train chickens. Today’s Bailey-Farhoody OC Workshops are the culmination of a combined 80 years of precision teaching of OC practices and procedures across multiple species. All Workshops are the complete 5-day classes as offered in the USA. Workshops are not reduced in time or content from the USA Workshops.

The information and practices taught by Dr. Bailey and Ms. Farhoody represent the latest developments in the field of behavior analysis. These Workshops are primarily designed for serious-minded animal trainers and teachers of any species. This includes competition and sporting dog trainers and law enforcement and military dog trainers. Others that may benefit from the experiences provided in the varied Workshop exercises, lectures, and discussions include those in a profession where changing human or animal behavior is a critical factor for success.

Workshops are taught in English and students should have a working knowledge of the English language. Class sizes are limited. For detailed descriptions of each class and an explanation of the history and effectiveness of chickens as a teaching model, go to chickenworkshops.com or behaviormatters.com.

Workshops MUST be taken in a specific order detailed on the website. There are NO EXCEPTONS. All students must start with the 5-Day Discrimination Workshop, followed by Cueing or Criteria Workshop in either order. It is recommended however that students take Cueing before Criteria if possible, as most students find the Criteria Workshop to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding of all the Bailey-Farhoody Workshops.

If an applicant has satisfactorily completed a Bailey & Bailey Discrimination Workshop, either in the USA or in Europe, please contact registration@chickenworkshops.com so we may verify the previous Discrimination Workshop attendance. Please do NOT APPLY for either the Cueing Workshop or the Criteria Workshop if you have not attended either a Bailey & Bailey or a Bailey-Farhoody Discrimination Workshop. Please see PREREQUISITES in the Chicken Workshop descriptions at chickenworkshops.com for more information. It is permissible to take ALL THREE Workshops consecutively (Discrimination, Cueing, and Criteria), thus satisfying the Discrimination Workshop prerequisite for the Cueing and Criteria Workshops.

The gracious and experienced trainer Viviane Theby is the host of the Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Workshops in Wittlich, Germany. Snacks, drinks and a full lunch will be provided on each of the 5 days of the Workshop. One evening will be a "pizza night" get together. For details about the location of the Workshop, places to stay, and other logistics, please contact Viviane Theby at scheuerhof@t-online.de

Discrimination January 2–6, 2015 $1,200 US Dollars
Cueing January 8–12, 2015 $1,200 US Dollars
Criteria January 15–19, 2015 $1,200 US Dollars


Workshops Location

All Summer 2015 Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Workshops will be held at The Coventry School, Inc. for Dogs and Their People.

Coventry SchoolThe Coventry School, Inc.
for Dogs and Their People

7165 Oakland Mills Rd. A-J
Columbia, MD 21046
phone:  410-381-1800

How to Get There
I-95:  175 west. Turn onto Snowden River Parkway South. Turn left at fourth traffic light onto Oakland Mills Rd. Go 1/3 mile, turn Left into our parking lot as soon as you cross the railroad tracks. Look for brown sign at entrance driveway “Stonewood Business Center.” These are one-story, tan buildings. We occupy Suites A-J in the first building.
Md. 29: 175 east to Snowden River Pkwy. Make right and follow as above.
Md. 32
: Broken Land Parkway North/Owen Brown. Make right onto Snowden River pkwy, go to third light, make right onto Oakland Mills Rd. and follow as above.
Balto-Wash Pkwy or Rte 1: use westbound 175 or 32.
Rte. 70: use 29 south

Area Airports:
Baltimore-Washington Int. Airport (14 miles)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (35 miles)
Washington/Dulles Airport (48 miles)

Hotel Information

Please Note: Traveling with a dog to a Bailey-Farhoody Workshop is not recommended. Your time is fully occupied and dogs are not allowed in the Workshop training area. If you must bring your dog, The Coventry School runs a dog day care so please contact them for availability, guidelines, and prices.




Class Descriptions

General Workshop Structure
The Bailey-Farhoody Workshops are intensive and thorough introductions to applied behavior analysis. These Workshops are designed for professional animal trainers, teachers, training enthusiasts, and those wanting maximum performance from those they work with. The teaching methods and procedures used in these workshops are a behavioral technology directly applicable to any species and any circumstance for which behavior change is desired. This includes the teaching of: trainers of companion and working dogs, trainers of zoo animals, teacher of children in classrooms, teachers of those with special needs, supervisors of business and banking organizations, hospital and caretaking staff of institutions, and those seeking skills for self-improvement. Workshops are not designed for pet owners wishing simply to teach his or her dog good manners or parlor tricks.

The student-trainer should be prepared to invest the time and effort needed to master simple yet challenging exercises. The Workshops are at least 40 hours in length and are physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. Every Workshop is packed with information. Training activities are timed and demand intense focus. The Workshop format is a mixture of formal lectures, informal discussions, planning classes, and fast paced hands-on training periods. All Workshops assume that the students are there to learn and will accept the demands of tight scheduling, coaching others (critiquing), and being coached (critiqued) by others. A positive, constructive, learning environment is fostered and respect for all student-trainers, human and non-human is expected from all.

All 5-Day Workshops include daily lunch choices and snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day. Each Workshop also includes a special activity night, which includes dinner and the presentation of material by the instructors specific to each Workshop. Participants are encouraged to share their own work during these get-togethers. It is an opportunity to network, enjoy lively discussion, exchange ideas and techniques and have a good time.

Workshops are given in a particular sequence, which is specified below. There are ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS to this sequence. For a detailed explanation of why please read, Why Prerequisites?

Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Workshops

There are five classifications of Workshops offered. In general, courses are graded as to content and difficulty, hence it is mandatory that students take the classes in the sequence prescribed (See Why Prerequisites?) The courses are called Discrimination, Cueing, Criteria, Chaining and Teaching.

Discrimination is the only class that has no specific prerequisite. In Discrimination the fundamentals of training are introduced: mechanical skills, timing, criteria, and rate of reinforcement. Cueing, Criteria, Chaining, and the Teaching Workshops assume that the student understands and practices what we consider the training fundamentals and exercises good observational skills. After taking Discrimination you are eligible to take Cueing OR Criteria in either order. If you have a choice, we recommend Cueing followed by Criteria, but it is a personal choice. After completing BOTH Criteria and Cueing (in either order) it is permitted to take Chaining, and then Teaching. It is permitted, but not recommended, for a student to take several courses consecutively and without a break. Taking all five of the courses consecutively has been done, but is discouraged. Taking two Workshops back to back generally goes well for those who want to do more than one at a time.




Discrimination Workshop
5-Day (40 hours) + 1 evening of dinner and discussion; with presentations from Bob & Parvene and participants interesting in sharing their work
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Discrimination - WorkshopObjectives: Teach the fundamental principles (use of stimulus, reinforcement, extinction, etc.) and practices (timing, criteria, rate of reinforcement) of applied behavior analysis, develop observational and mechanical skills, and develop efficient training practices; behavioral evolution and ethology, training philosophy.

Prerequisites: Sufficient physical, mental and emotional capability to stand the rigors of the Workshop. This Workshop is the entry-level Workshop for ALL participants of Bailey-Farhoody Workshops except those who have previously taken a Bailey 5 - or 7-day Workshop. (See Previous Attendees note below)

** PREVIOUS ATTENDEES **
of Operant Conditioning Workshops
taught by Bob Bailey

Those who have previously attended a 5 or 7-day Workshop with Bob Bailey as the instructor can enter the next Workshop they were qualified to enter. To do this, you will need to check the box at registration stating you have met the prerequisite before registering. Your name will be matched with Bob's database. Please do not check this box unless you attended a 5 - or 7-day Workshop taught ONLY by Bob Bailey. NO OTHER CHICKEN-TYPE OF CLASS/CAMP will qualify. The class could have been taught anywhere, but the teacher had to be Bob Bailey. If upon checking, it is discovered your name is not on his class list, your money will be returned, and you will not be allowed to re-register. We appreciate your honesty. Please save us the paperwork and do not check this box if you did not previously attend a Workshop TAUGHT by Bob Bailey. Thanks.



Class Limit: 20 Participants, 2 Stand-by (usually taken from the waiting list, these participants are prepared to step in and work with birds if any participant does not show up or must leave unexpectedly).

Content: Students first develop mechanical skills by practicing handling the "tool" of chicken training (the chicken) and the feed cup with clicker attached. Then the student learns how to present food, first without the chicken, and then with, in both cases pushing the limit of the speed at which they can work. In successive steps, the student graduates to teaching the chicken to accurately peck at small paper targets. Correct timing of the clicker and observational skills are emphasized. The student also must learn how to coach a human (their partner) to train more skillfully. The student then teaches both chickens to discriminate between certain objects. This skill must be trained to a high proficiency: to where the chicken will not choose the hot target even when directly enticed to do so. Only after this is achieved will the student advance to a stimulus-reversal - a one shot, on-the-spot, exercise demanding considerable shaping skills, decision-making, precision and mechanical skill. Of a more general nature, the student learns the value of training time; each training session is timed and lasts from 15 to 60 seconds. These short sessions demand that the student be organized and efficiently execute a training plan.




Cueing Workshop
5-Days (40 hours) + 1 evening of dinner and discussion; with presentations from Bob & Parvene and participants interesting in sharing their work
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Cueing - WorkshopObjectives: Teach applied behavior analytic procedures; plan and institute simple training tasks, especially those involving shaping and place behaviors under stimulus control (on cue); evaluation behavior; allocation of training resources, including time; introduction to data collection and analysis.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Discrimination Workshop

Class Limit: 20 Participants, 2 Stand-by (usually taken from the waiting list, these participants are prepared to step in and work with birds if any participant does not show up or must leave unexpectedly).

Content
: Most useful trained behaviors are initiated, controlled or “cued” in some way, (i.e., a behavior occurs when and only when the handler wants it to and does not occur when the handler does not want it to). The Cueing Workshop is designed to teach effective ways of establishing cues or stimulus control. Understanding what stimulus control is and how to get it is a skill that can always improve in speed and accuracy. In Cueing, chickens are trained to perform behaviors and these behaviors are then placed on a specific cue. Sometimes cues are used as prompts early in training and then changed to new cues. Sometimes well-established, already cued behaviors are tied to new cues, an exercise in extinction. There is intense focus on the nuances of an animal’s behavior. The trainer learns that it is not just getting accurate and precise behavior; it is getting behavior quickly and accurately that is the true indication of trainer skill. Serving as a coach, the student learns to observe and constructively criticize trainer behavior. Fluency, latency, accuracy, and not being satisfied with “Good Enough,” and other practical training concepts are presented in the lectures and discussions, and demonstrated in the training room. Behavior Economics as a view of animal behavior is presented in detail.



Criteria Workshop
5-Day (40 hours) + 1 evening of dinner and discussion; with presentations from Bob & Parvene and participants interesting in sharing their work
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Criteria - WorkshopObjectives: Teach behavior analytic procedures; planning and instituting simple training tasks, establish reinforcement criteria for simple and moderately complex behaviors especially those involving shaping; evaluating behavior; teaching training as a dynamic not a static process; differential reinforcement/shaping as a mechanical skill not as a theory, allocating of training resources, including time, an introduction to data collection and analysis. This Workshop demands intense trainer focus on reinforcement issues and trainer behavior change.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Discrimination Workshop.

Class Limit: 20 Participants, 2 Stand-by (usually taken from the waiting list, these participants are prepared to step in and work with birds if any participant does not show up or must leave unexpectedly).

Content
: Most real-world training requires quick decisions based on constantly changing behavioral criteria. Planning and implementing rapidly changing reinforcement contingencies, commonly called shaping, is the core of this Workshop. The use of rapid rate of reinforcement is introduced as one means to extend behavior over time and distance. Students develop rapid decision-making skills by teaching chickens to pull on rubber bands and weighted objects, to maneuver or progress from point A to point B, and to retrieve objects. We call these kinds of complex responses non-discrete, as opposed to a very clear-cut response such as a simple peck. To reinforce a non-discrete response, the trainer is required to set definitions and criteria and judge in real-time, very quickly, when contingencies are met. A trainer must not only determine whether to reinforce, but also deliver the reinforcement on time and in the right place; to click for action and feed for position. The student learns firsthand the value of intense focus on the nuances of an animal’s behavior - even their own! Serving as a coach, the student learns to observe and constructively criticize trainer behavior. A trainer must deal with their own limitations: body awareness, unintentional cuing and prompting. This Workshop demands intense trainer focus and trainer behavior change. Fluency, latency, accuracy, and not being satisfied with “Good Enough,” and other practical training concepts are presented in the lectures and discussions, and demonstrated in the training room. Behavior Economics as a view of animal behavior is presented in detail.



Chaining Workshop

5-Day (40 hours) + 1 evening of dinner and discussion; with presentations from Bob & Parvene and participants interesting in sharing their work
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Chaining - WorkshopObjectives: Plan and implement training programs: Think, Plan, Do. Budget trainer resources, (reinforcers, time, etc.). Evaluate the strength of trained, individual responses, and piece them together; train a behavior chain. Apply certain Behavior Economic concepts to training practices. Further examination of systematic training for training behaviors requiring increased effort (duration, intensity, distraction, etc.). To demonstrate the skills learned in Discrimination, Cueing and Criteria, by accomplishing within minutes and hours what once took days to achieve!

Prerequisite: Completion of BOTH Cueing and Criteria Workshops.

Class Limit: 18 Participants, 2 Stand-by (usually taken from the waiting list, these participants are prepared to step in and work with birds if any participant does not show up or must leave unexpectedly).

Content
: This Workshop puts together the foundation skills from previous Workshops and increases the level of difficulty of behavior for both participant and chicken. Students evaluate their chickens' progression of behavior on a special apparatus. Based on the evaluation, the student then plans and trains a number of other simple to moderately difficult behaviors. Then, according to a plan, the student assembles and demonstrates the trained behaviors in a moderately difficult behavior chain. Emphasis is placed on attaining behaviors quickly and accurately, and with the least expenditure of resources, and then on being able to maintain these behaviors within a chain. Serving as a coach, the student learns to observe and constructively criticize trainer behavior. Fluency, latency, accuracy, and not being satisfied with “Good Enough,” and other practical training concepts are presented in the lectures and discussions and demonstrated in the training room. Behavior Economics as a view of animal behavior and as the basis for training methodology is discussed and incorporated into training plans.



Teaching Operant Conditioning
5-Day (40 hours) + 1 evening of dinner and discussion; with presentations from Bob & Parvene and participants interesting in sharing their work
PLANNED FOR 2014

Teaching Operant Conditioning - WorkshopObjectives: To teach the science, art and skill of directing the activities of others, and to follow the instructions of others. To learn efficiency in teaching humans by giving simple, clear, effective, instructions to another trainer. To teach students how to accept direction from another trainer and carry out those instructions with minimal distortion whether you agree or disagree with the plans another trainer choses to follow. This Workshop is often the most emotional for students, and the one that teaches them the most about themselves. It helps develop an essential skill set for those whose profession it is to instruct others.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Chaining Workshop

Class Limit: 16 Participants, 2 Stand-by (usually taken from the waiting list, these participants are prepared to step in and work with birds if any participant does not show up or must leave unexpectedly).

Content
: Participants are assigned a training partner (no buddy-buddy with your friend as a partner) and particular behaviors to train. Part of a teacher's life is getting along with the student (like it or not). A student's lot includes following the instructions of others, even when it goes against the student's "grain." Students in this class take turns being a student and then a teacher. Participants are not permitted to directly handle or train their own chickens. Simply stated, your partner trains your chicken through your direct instruction and you train their chicken through their direct instruction. Trainer-students are required to follow explicitly the directions given by the teacher-student. To succeed in this Workshop, the partners must learn to work together. To succeed in this Workshop, a teacher must give clear, concise, and doable instructions to the student. For those who have not suffered the role of student for many years, there is much to be learned when in the uncomfortable position of student. This Workshop is about your behavior when faced with a situation where things are not done as you might want them to be. In "Trekkie" terms, it is a test of character.




Workshop Payment and Cancellation Schedule





Cancellation Procedure and Change Requests

All cancellations must be sent to registration@chickenworkshops.com and received in writing. An acknowledgement of your cancellation will be emailed to you within 3 business days. Workshop applications and or payments are non-transferable between different non-matching Workshops or between persons – you cannot give your spot to another person (next person on the wait-list gets the spot).

Please keep a copy of the cancellation email for your records; your cancellation is not valid without this confirmation of receipt. Bailey-Farhoody is not responsible for cancellations that do not reach the office by the deadlines.

Changing a Workshop Date
If you contact registration@chickenworkshops.com prior to the balance due date of the Workshop you have already signed up for, you may change to a matching Workshop being given at a different time during the same block series. However, we ask you to appreciate that this is much more difficult to do logistically than you might think and that several people will request this change, sincerely believing they are the only one. For this reason we discourage the behavior and will charge a $75 per change fee to accommodate the request. Changes cannot be made after the balance due date for your current Workshop. No exceptions will be made. Please be sure you sign up for the Workshop dates you want and coordinate with your friends ahead of time! THINK, PLAN, DO!

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw at any time as stated herein and for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

See schedule above for cancellation fees.