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12/11/19 – ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Expanding the Chart to Precision Business, Precision Inners, Precision Military and More


LIVE Webinar: Wednesday, 12/11/19

Recording Availability: 12/12/2019 – 12/17/2019 

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General Information

Title: ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents:

Expanding the Chart to Precision Business, Precision Inners, Precision Military and More

Presented By: Abigail B. Calkin, PhD

Date: Wednesday 12/11/19

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: 12/12/2019 – 12/17/2019 at 5 pm eastern




Measurement of human behavior began as an extension of Lindsley’s work with rats and dogs in Skinner’s labs at Harvard University. In the early 1950s, Lindsley extended his lab work to studying human behavior including with schizophrenic and psychotic patients at the Behavior Research Lab located at Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, Mass. In 1965, he moved to Kansas where he and his students expanded the work yet again to develop the standard behavior chart, now the standard celeration chart (SCC) in the study of education, inner behavior, social work, and nursing. His vision was that we would have Precision Teaching, Precision Inners, Precision Nursing, Precision Social Work, and later Precision Psychotherapy and Precision Business. The one that stuck and expanded the most was Precision Teaching while some others slid to the side for several decades. During the expansion of Precision Teaching, Precision Inners, Precision Nursing and Precision Business quietly moved along thanks to a few dedicated people invested in more than education. Since then, these three fields expanded. The SCC has also now taken a small foothold in the military and in law enforcement. This presentation will include charts from the various areas that lie outside of teaching and discussions of the importance of expansion of the chart to these various areas.

Learning Objectives

1. What is it in the beginnings of the SCC and its design that make it so desirable to measure human behavior?
2. What are the strengths of the SCC and of its data analyses?
3. How have we expanded to use this measurement tool to make it valuable in other fields?

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D., currently works in two areas and uses the standard celeration chart in both as well as in her daily life. After spending 20 years as a teacher and building principal, she later consulted with schools, training teachers in the use of precision teaching and evidenced-based curricula to improve teaching and test results in reading, math, and writing. She has given well over 100 workshops to professional groups, was an adjunct university professor, and remains a school psychologist. She spends much of her time writing about inner behavior counted and recorded by the individual through the eyes of the standard celeration chart and behavior analysis. Her other role is writing. This includes nonfiction about people in highly stressful situations, whether military personnel, commercial fishing, or characters in novels. She has had eight books, 50 standard celeration chart-based and behavior analytic articles, and over 75 poems and 20 literary prose writings published, some of which have won awards nationally and in Alaska. Her most recent publications include a chapter in Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, published in 2015 by Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and her book, The Soul of My Soldier, 2015, which is a prose and poetry memoir about being the wife of a three-tour retired veteran. This and her other recent nonfiction book about commercial fishing refer to specific instances that show some principles of behavior analysis when describing peoples’ behaviors. Her professional interest in military issues lies in using behavior analysis with military personnel and veterans with PTSD and suicide issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Military and Veterans Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She is also the chair of Behavior Analysis in the Arts a Special Interest Group for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She hikes, kayaks, cross-country skis, gardens, cans, laughs a lot, and enjoys the company of others.

Dr. Calkin does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM).


Credit Hour Information

Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II CEUs

Psychologists: NA

Social Workers & Counselors: NA

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6:00 pm: Introduction

6:05 pm: Webinar begins

7:45 pm: Q & A session

8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms