The Bailey-Farhoody OC Workshops are unique and challenging workshops with a 70-year history as the premier hands-on program for animal trainers, and anyone wishing to learn applied behavior analysis procedures for changing behavior.
Objectives: 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.
One evening (dinner is provided) is devoted to presentations and discussions on various topics of interest to trainers. Students are invited to participate by bringing video and entering into discussions.