Unfortunately the seminar has been postponed due to Covid-19

with Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz 

Your PORTL to Shaping

and Mary Hunter

July 25th & 26th 2020 - St. Mary’s College, Moraga CA


About Your PORTL to Shaping

Join Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter in a small group academic setting for two intensive days of lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises using PORTL.

You’ll learn about behavior principles and techniques that will help you create optimal learning situations when working with both people and animals. You’ll also learn foundational skills that will help you problem solve and think more creatively when designing teaching solutions. Throughout the weekend, we’ll talk about reinforcement systems, how to shape actions, arranging the environment to facilitate learning, raising criteria, chaining, shaping plans, prerequisite behaviors, and errorless learning.

In addition to lectures and discussion, this workshop will allow you to practice your shaping skills with another human as the learner. You will also get to play the role of the learner, which will give you more insight into how people and animals learn.

The workshop will be limited to a small group of attendees to allow ample time and opportunities for discussion and questions and individual coaching during the shaping exercises.

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Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. During his graduate training, he also worked closely with Dr. Ogden R. Lindsley. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz’s areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, rule- governed behavior, and contingency-shaped behavior. He has served on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Precision Teaching, the European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz is a fellow of the Eastern Psychological Association and a trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.


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Mary Hunter

Mary Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. She runs her own animal training and consulting business and serves as president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides educational programs for professional animal trainers. In addition, Mary teaches classes at the University of North Texas as an adjunct instructor. Mary’s main research interests include studying the process of shaping and developing better methods for teaching both people and animals. In 2019, Mary and Dr. Rosales-Ruiz published their first book: “PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab.” You can find Mary online at BehaviorExplorer.com or on her personal blog, StaleCheerios.com




Registration: $350 per person. 

Your registration will not be complete until your payment has been received. Registration fee includes lunch both days so attendees will have additional time and opportunity to network and collaborate. Delicious vegetarian fare, and some meat options will be available.


Cancellation Policy: Full refund (less $10 service fee) up to 30 days in advance of workshop. No refunds will be given within 30 days of workshop. Host reserves the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum registration has not been met by May 20, 2020.

Location: St. Mary’s College 1928 St. Mary’s Road Moraga, CA 94575

Transportation & Lodging:  www.stmarys-ca.edu/about-smc/the-campus

For those needing overnight accommodation and wishing to have the immersive college weekend experience, St. Mary’s College has the following options available on campus (please let us know if you would like to use this option):

Suite Style: single and double room options, common area and shared bathroom ($55 per person/per night)

Townhouse Style: Kitchenette and living room space, 3 doubles, and shared bathroom ($69 per person/per night).

Nearest Airports: Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO)

CEU’s: NACSW: 4 CEUs approved; IAABC and CCPDT CEUs pending

Please note that this workshop is for humans only. Please leave dogs at home.