IAABC Foundation
Critical Applications: Ethical Approaches to Behavior Interventions


Critical Applications: Ethical Approaches to Behavior Interventions

Jun. 4, 2024 - Jul. 30, 2024




Dr. Erin Jones MSc, PhD, PgDip, CPDT-KA, ADT, CDBC


Full Students





Closes Jun. 10, 2024

Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 1pm (EDT), beginning June 11th

Are you interested in developing your skills and strengthening your knowledge on how to best handle and interact with animals while focusing on their welfare and well-being?

In this 8-week course, we will take a deep dive into the uses and applications of critical analysis when handling behavior cases. We will discuss the critical questions that allow us to evaluate our own choice of methods and inform us on how we can best approach each case from a competent, skilled and humane perspective. And, importantly, we will explore whether these methods are the most humane options available to help the individual animal learners live their best lives.

What to expect from this course:

- Immersion into developing critical thinking skills and analysis when working maladaptive behavior cases.

- Coverage of best practices to address individual cases using a systematic and informed approach.

- Explanations of more than just how something works but why it works to best navigate the challenging space of current training methods.

- Consideration of the ethical components behind working with nonhuman animal learners.

Is this course for you?

The course is not species-specific, so anyone working with any companion animal species can join.

A basic understanding of learning science is recommended but not required.

Though the focus is on behavior interventions, industry professionals of all experience levels will be able to gain a deeper understanding of humane practices by participating in the course.


  • Auditors do not attend online meetings
  • Meetings are not recorded
  • Meetings begin 1 week after course opens
  • Meetings are 1 hour in duration
  • There are 8 meetings for this course

CEUs: (Pending)