What is BehaviorTools™?

The PCMA is proud to offer the BehaviorTools™ courses as well as a program to certify those who are trained to proficiency in the skills taught. All classes are highly informative, entertaining and interactive. While the material is consistent with state-of-the-art behavioral research and principles, it is presented in an extraordinarily “user friendly” way. Participants relate easily to the real life examples that are used and the easily understood ways that principles and strategies are explained. The strategies are highly effective and often work quickly. Many participants return to the second class session excited to share stories of how the “BehaviorTool” taught in the previous session worked with their consumer, student or family member.

The BehaviorTools™ courses are taught in schools, developmental centers, residential centers, day programs and in a variety of other settings. The BehaviorTools™ methods work well with adults, teenagers and children of all levels of functional skills and verbal abilities, including those without any spoken communication.

BehaviorTools™ courses are the perfect companion to PCM training!!

The following are some of the learning objectives from the BehaviorTools™ Basic Practitioner Course (a pre-requisite for the Practitioner Course which is more advanced):

  • Identify coercion and punishment commonly used to change behavior

  • Identify the effects of coercive and punishment on people

  • Demonstrate the steps of the Strengthen Relationships BehaviorTool™

  • Describe the benefits of using Strengthen Relationships BehaviorTool™

  • Describe the value of, and demonstrate empathy statements

  • Define behavior, consequences, reinforcement and its effects

  • Demonstrate the steps of Use Reinforcement Tool

  • Define Junk Behavior” and Discuss Why it Happens

  • Demonstrate the steps of the Pivot Tool

The following are some of the learning objectives from the BehaviorTools™ Practitioner Course:

  • Discuss how to effectively set expectations with someone

  • Demonstrate the steps of the Set Expectations Tool

  • Discuss how to effectively make and implement a behavior contract

  • Demonstrate the steps of the Make a Contract Tool

  • Discuss how to review and evaluate a behavior contract

  • Discuss factors that influence behavior

  • Analyze Behavior and identify replacement behaviors

  • Demonstrate all Tools in a variety of situations