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School Psychology Institute to examine behavior analysis

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Patrick Friman

Patrick Friman, vice president of behavioral health at Boys Town, will be the keynote speaker for the 20th annual School Psychology Institute at Illinois State University on Monday, April 17.

Friman, a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, will present the workshop “Advanced Treatment Concepts; The Generic Power of Behavior Analysis,” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Illinois State’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main in Normal. The workshop is free, recommended for mental health professionals, and is open to the public, but a reservation is required by Wednesday, April 12. Attendees should contact Adena Meyers at to make a reservation.

According to Friman, the workshop will focus on “the generic powers of behavior analysis by describing an array of behavior analytic treatment concepts, all of which are readily applicable to the behavior problems of persons on the [Autism] spectrum and, indeed, to the behavior problems of all persons.”

Friman will also present a research colloquium for students in the graduate programs in school psychology. The colloquium, titled “Behavioral Pediatrics in Primary Care: A Healthcare Opportunity for Psychologists” from 2-3 p.m. in 551 DeGarmo Hall, and will focus on the growth of behavioral pediatrics over the past 30 years. The colloquium is open to interested, current students, and faculty across the University as well as local mental health professionals. There is no cost to attend the colloquium, and no reservations are required.

The School Psychology Institute is hosted by Illinois State’s Department of Psychology and graduate program in school psychology.


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