Behavior Bitches
Behavior Bitches
Oct 19, 2020
Don’t Sush: Ethics with Dr. Darren Sush
1 hr 11 min

On today’s episode, we have Dr. Darren Sush on to talk about all things ethics! Darren is co-author of the book, “A workbook of Ethical Case Scenarios in Applied Behavior Analysis” so the dude knows his sh*t. We asked both personal ethical questions along with asking some of our listener’s questions. There isn’t a single ethics question that Darren shys away from. He also tells us how to choose the BEST answer when it comes to ethics questions in the exam. Tune in or miss the f#%k out!

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Fare of the Free Child
Fare of the Free Child
Akilah S. Richards
Ep 196: But, Yo, the Trust Comes AFTER the Choice Spiritual self-care, mobile (freedom) libraries, and drum circles with Natalie “Black WorldSchoolers” Pipkin
*Reframing Trust and Proof* Proof and trust have become very schoolish. The way I see it, trust is often a thing to choose, not a thing to be earned. In deschooling, the proof of trustworthiness often comes after the decision to trust a process. There’s no need for proof, the proof is part of a bond of trust we build up in our daily lives, it's about the people, the processes, and the way we forge our relationships--trust emerges from that. - Akilah #raisingfreepeople We've got a birthday episode on deck! FOFC family member, Natalie Pipkin, turned 35 today (Nov 26, Baby!), and we get to celebrate with her AND with her city as Natalie and family launched their mobile book store on this special day! You'll hear all about it today, and you'll also hear how Natalie offers us detailed, really specific examples of how unschooling shows up in her life. She goes on to share how she's understanding it as liberation work, and how she facilitates it in community by embodying the skills of it and bringing it to spaces where we can practice it, and see the benefits of it and then want to do it more and more. This opens us up to a lot of the deschooling that comes with the desire to get more of the type of experiences you have when you start facilitating learning, instead of trying to simulate it, or force it. Natalie and Akilah talk about a lot of the highs that came from that, along with the concerns that caused Natalie and her husband to pull their boys from school right before CO-VID 19 hit. They had fears and concerns like anyone else, but since that decision, they've deepened and grown in ways that bring her family so much comfort about their choice to empower their sons in their educational journey by removing the lies, confines, and willful omissions that constantly show up in classrooms. You'll hear about that, in this episode, and it is so important for these experiences to be shared, for you to get that all through your ears, your mind, and all through your body. I know that so many among us are trying to figure out what it means now to nurture learning, outside of both the confines of conventional education. And also dealing with feelings of loss from the sense of framework and other adult support that made conventional education really useful for some families in many ways, even with its deeply problematic elements. *LIBERATION WALK* * Check out Natalie’s previous episode: Ep 171: Black Child, You Are Seen  * Here she is again on Parenting for Liberation podcast * Here’s that book Natalie mentioned on Spiritual Self-care * If you are hosting or are part of a Raising Free People Book Club, message to invite Akilah to pop in on one of your sessions * Raising Free People Network’s Presence Counselors Leslie Bray and Anthony Galloway, Jr. are here to support unschooling and deschooling processes for families and organizations * Remember to check on TRUE: Towards Radical Social Change Unschooling and Parental Education, an earthwide gathering towards radical social change. It will be on December 2 - 6 - 2020. Register here Support the show (
56 min
The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy
The Beginner's Garden with Jill McSheehy
Jill McSheehy
164-Homemade Gifts From the Garden
Looking for Christmas gift ideas? On today's podcast I'm sharing some of my favorite homemade gifts from the garden. Show Notes: (*links below contain affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you.) Plant Therapy Essential Oils * High-quality essential oils * natural body care products * CBD Giving you the tools and know-how so that you can safely use essential oils and understand the ingredients they use in our products. For Free Shipping use this link: Plant Therapy MADEON * Allergy & Scent free * 100% Natural * No Preservatives * Face, Hair, Lips * Skin care * Muscle relief Free Shipping use the Promo Code: JOURNEYWITHJILL Ball Book of Home Canning Red Pepper Jelly Blackberry jalapeno jam Sweet potato Nachos Cold Care Teas Lip Balm cayenne rub Rosemary Gladstar's book Medicinal Herbs: eczema salve Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas: itchy bite and sting balm Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Book: Connect with Jill: Sign up for Friday Emails: Instagram: Beginner's Garden Shortcut FB Group: Link to Beginner's Garden Podcast past episodes:
45 min
The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria
The Behavioral Observations Podcast with Matt Cicoria
Matt Cicoria
Building a Team of Behavior Analysts in the Public School Setting
A few months ago, a few BCBA's from the Boulder Valley School District reached out to me and offered to share the story of how they are fielding a team of Behavior Analysts in the public school setting. As someone who has spent a career consulting to public schools, I was instantly sold. I believe that as if this recording, the BVSD employs about 10 BCBA's, and in Session 139, I'm joined by four of them: Kelly Miller, Cosmina Barbat, Stephanie Gregory, and Shelly Roberts. We were also fortunate enough to be joined by their fearless leader, their Director of Special Education, Joy Larson. Someone who understood the value of developing internal behavior-analytic resources to support the district's students. In this episode we cover the following: * How the district decided to invest in the hiring of internally placed behavior analysts. * How the district BCBA's work collaboratively with professionals in other disciplines. * How BCBA's support students not just with specialized educational and behavioral needs, but also in mainstream educational settings. * How working as a public school employee is different than working in an at-home or clinic setting. * And advice for schools that want to hire their own BCBA's, as well as advice for BCBA's who want to dip their toes into the public school waters. Lastly, I think the argument for having more Behavior Analysts in school settings speaks for itself. As we discuss in the interview, these amazing BCBA's have contributed to reducing Boulder Valley's out of district placements by 70%! Here are the links for Session 139: * The Boulder Valley School District. * Just in case you're thinking of relocating. * Well Managed Schools curriculum. * The Mystery Motivator. * Questions / comments for these guests? Kelly Miller has agreed to field them. Contact her here. Session 139 is brought to you with generous support from: * How-to-ABA. Being a BCBA can be lonely and overwhelming. At, we help BCBA’s feel supported and confident by providing easy to access printables, CEU's and a collaborative community. In the membership, Shira Karpel and Shayna Gaunt share their best resources from years of practice in the field. Whether you’re a beginner or a long time practitioner, you will benefit from both these resources as well as a supportive community. Imagine, having an all-in-one resource to save you time and help your clients, having getting your toughest questions answered, and being part of a collaborative group of professionals to share ideas. Plus, your monthly pro membership includes CEU’s! Along with over 1000 ABA professionals, will help you save time, feel confident and master what you love! For more information, Go to When you join today and use code BOP, you’ll receive 10% off a yearly subscription (includes CEU’s!). * The Whoop Strap! I've been wearing the Whoop Strap for just a few weeks and I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed getting quantitative information on all aspects of my health, including sleep analytics, heart rate, along with heart rate variability, calorie burn, exercise intensity, and Whoop's proprietary "strain" score. I could extol this neat device's virtues indefinitely to you, but instead, you can go check it out for yourself. To get your first month free, just click here!
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