AGM 11th September 2018

The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum is a democratic organisation, owned and managed by our members. This year our 3rd Annual General Meeting will take place on the 11th September at 6:30 pm in the Chapel Gate Cafe, Times Sq. Ballincollig, Cork
The MBAF has three elected roles:
1) Chair
2) Secretary
3) Treasurer
This year Alan Tennyson will ask the membership to re-elect him as chair.  Similarly, Maureen Gleeson will seek re-election as treasurer.  However, Hazel O’Carroll will step down as secretary.  Thank you, Hazel!
Therefore we are seeking nominations for a new secretary.  Members of the forum may nominate themselves and ask another member to second their nomination.  If we receive more that one nomination, we will organise a secret ballot of members at the AGM.
We sincerely hope that you will consider putting yourself or someone else (with their consent) forward.  We rely on volunteers to support our efforts to disseminate behaviour analysis in Munster.   We will publish a complete agenda on social media closer to the date.
Warm Regards,
Maureen, Alan & Hazel

Positive Behaviour Support for Leaders of Irish Disability Services

The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum is delighted to promote a series of CE events on the topic of Positive Behaviour Support.  Each event will carry 1.5 CEU’s and will be free to members of the MBAF.

This series of events is organised by Trasna Training Service; which is the Regional Positive Behaviour Support Service for children in Cork & Kerry.

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PBS for managers

Symposium on contemporary findings in noncontingent reinforcement (NCR)

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The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum will hold the first, in what we hope will become a series of symposia on contemporary topics in the behaviour analytic literature.  The event will attract 2.5 CEU and will be free to members of the forum.

The first of these events will be held on the 22 March at 6:30 pm in Limerick.

Attending participants are required to select two articles on the topic of NCR, published in the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis (JABA) between 2016 / 2017 (listed below).  To find these articles, login into your BACB account and go to the resources tab.

From the beginning of 2016 to date (March 2018) five articles from JABA have investigated the use of NCR as a treatment for varying forms of challenging behaviour.

On signing up, participants will select 2 of the 5 identified articles from JABA.  Each participant will be asked to come prepared to provide a verbal report on the content of each of their selected articles and to answer questions from other participants.  Following this, a discussion on the topic of NCR will be facilitated/chaired by the identified facilitator.  The facilitator will ensure that each participant contributes to the discussion.  At a minimum the facilitator will prompt participants to discuss the following topics;

  1. What is NCR?
  2. How does NCR differ from DRO?
  3. Is NCR conceptually systematic, i.e. is it possible to have a response that is ‘noncontingent’?
  4. What is the ‘file drawer effect’ and how does it relate to this discussion of NCR?
  5. What are the common criticisms of NCR and have they been satisfactorily addressed in the present articles?


DeRosa, N., Roane, H., Bishop, J. and Silkowski, E. (2016). The combined effects of noncontingent reinforcement and punishment on the reduction of rumination. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49(3), pp.680-685.

Fritz, J., Jackson, L., Stiefler, N., Wimberly, B. and Richardson, A. (2017). Noncontingent reinforcement without extinction plus differential reinforcement of alternative behaviour during treatment of problem behaviour. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(3), pp.590-599.

Phillips, C., Iannaccone, J., Rooker, G. and Hagopian, L. (2017). Noncontingent reinforcement for the treatment of severe problem behaviour: An analysis of 27 consecutive applications. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(2), pp.357-376.

Saini, V., Fisher, W. and Pisman, M. (2017). Persistence during and resurgence following noncontingent reinforcement implemented with and without extinction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(2), pp.377-392.

Saini, V., Greer, B., Fisher, W., Lichtblau, K., DeSouza, A. and Mitteer, D. (2016). Individual and combined effects of noncontingent reinforcement and response blocking on automatically reinforced problem behaviour. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49(3), pp.693-698.

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Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum

ACE cont-ed-providerThe Munster Behaviour Analyst’s Forum was founded in September 2015. The Forum aims to support the development of Applied Behaviour Analysis in Munster and nationally.  The Forum is a continuing education provider approved by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum is a cooperative group of behaviour analysts (BCBA’s) working in Munster, Ireland.  It is open to all BCBA’s, BCBA-D’s, BCaBA’s, RBT’s and individuals pursuing certification and currently receiving supervision from a BCBA or BCBA-D.

The forum aims to;

  • Promote events (training events, conferences, workshops etc) which disseminate applied behavioural analysis and behavioural science in the public interest.
  • Provide continuing education for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) and associated professions.

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