Systems theory suggests that closed systems die. In my view the current tendency of our behavioral science to focus most of its intellectual and practical effort into the field of special education and developmental disabilities is creating a closed ABA system. It is for this reason why the mission of Teaching Tree’s Journal Club is to open up our literature horizon and include peer-reviewed scientific articles from other fields, with other populations, on topics less familiar to the ones we come across in our daily professional lives.

Our Journal Club aims to ask deeper questions, facilitate bigger conversations and inform practitioners about scientific inquiries off the beaten track. The Journal Club events strive to promote interconnectedness between different disciplines by translating and integrating the discoveries and advancements made from one field into another.

Our article selection encourages advanced hermeneutic practices, artful translations and the willingness to step into the unknown. There are two forms of inquiry that Teaching Tree currently offers:

1. A monthly live online discussion (webinar), where practitioners explore a selected article and share their own reactions (intellectual, emotional, ethical, etc.) to the material.

2. Selected series of articles which are available for review at any time with article content quizzes which can be completed if one wishes to obtain a certification.

Both forms provide BACB-approved continuation of education units (CEUs).

Below is a sample list of previously discussed articles during our monthly webinars to give you an idea about our live events. To find the selected article review series, click here.

  • Mcauliffe, David & Hughes, Sean & Barnes-Holmes, Dermot. (2014). The Dark-Side of Rule Governed Behavior. Behavior modification.
  • Gagliano, M., Vyazovskiy, V., Borbély, A. et al. (2016) Learning by Association in Plants.Scientific Reports6, 38427
  • Hayes, S., Law, S., Malady M., Zhu Z., and Bai X. (2020) The Centrality of Sense of Self in Psychological Flexibility Processes: What the Neurobiological and Psychological Correlates of Psychedelics Suggest.Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Wilson, T. D. & Gilbert, D. T. (2005). Affective forecasting – Knowing what to want. Current Directions In Psychological Science, 14(3), 131-134
  • Tsai, Mavis & Callaghan, Glenn & Kohlenberg, Robert. (2013). The Use of Awareness, Courage, Therapeutic Love, and Behavioral Interpretation in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (Chicago, Ill.). 50. 366-70.
  • Pennie, B. & Kelly, M. E. (2018). An examination of generalized implicit biases towards ‘wanting more’ as a proxy measure of materialistic behavior: A Relational Frame Theory (RFT) perspective. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 8, 17-28.
  • Eisenberger, N. I., Lieberman, M. D., & Williams, K. D. (2003). Does rejection hurt? An fMRI study of social exclusion. Science, 302 (5643), 290-292.
  • W. M. Muir, J. V. Craig (1998) Improving animal well-being through genetic selection, Poultry Science, Volume 77, Issue 12, Pages 1781–1788
  • Hayes, S. C. (1984). Making sense of spirituality. Behaviorism, 12(2), 99-110.
  • Kilroy, E., Aziz-Zadeh, L., & Cermak, S. (2019). Ayres Theories of Autism and Sensory Integration Revisited: What Contemporary Neuroscience Has to Say. Brain sciences, 9(3), 68.