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This month, TAGteach founder Theresa McKeon has come to share her home with teachers and trainers Eva Bertilsson from Sweden (also TAGteach faculty) and Chirag Patel from the UK. As teachers and trainers, they all see behavior and learning opportunities everywhere! In this webinar you get to join them as they explore how and when TARGETS can help people accomplish a variety of desired actions.
A target is an environmental aid designed to guide the learner to a certain place or position Animal trainers routinely employ targeting in their work, teaching animals to touch designated objects with a body part such as the nose or the paw. The object, or target, can then be placed where the trainer wants the nose or paw to go. Targeting is a very useful tool also when working with humans, helping us to clarify the objective and help the learner succeed without using an overload of words. Once you start thinking in terms of targeting, you’ll see targets and target possibilities everywhere!
This is a intermediate/advanced level webinar and will assume knowledge of basic TAGteach, how to use a marker, understanding of the concept of a cue and understanding of basic task analysis. We will not have time to cover these topics in the webinar.
You'll get the most out of the webinar if you review some of our resources for people new to TAGteach:
1. Examples of a variety situations where targets are used
2. What are the benefits of using targets?
3. What are some considerations that can help when using targets?
The webinar includes video examples of a variety of situations where targets are employed.
Eva Bertilsson is one of the original TAGteach Faculty members. She has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for all things related to behavior, learning and animal welfare. Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. Eva and Emelie's goal is to help people acquire knowledge and skills in science-based, modern, humane and empowering teaching strategies for the benefit of learners of all species. They teach seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coach trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species. Their book Agility Right from the Start was published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) in 2010, and outlines Emelie and Eva’s philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts.
E&E are part of the Clicker Expo faculty. In addition, they are TAGteach Faculty and introduced TAGteach to Scandinavia in 2005. They offer consultations and workshops about applying positive-reinforcement based strategies with human learners in all imaginable areas.
After more than 30 years as a national level gymnastics coach, Theresa was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes while simultaneously decreasing stress and fear in the learning environment. Her search for behaviorally sound techniques, clean instructions, and the proper timing of feedback and reinforcement, led to the development of the TAGteach methodology along with partners Joan Orr, Karen Pryor and Beth Wheeler. The success of the methodology has been accented by the wide range of applications embracing it.
Theresa now consults and designs TAGteach programs in multiple fields including: corporate training, industrial safety, medical and surgical training, sport coaching, even family communication. She is a sought after speaker around the world including Europe, U.K., Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He consults on the behaviour management and training of all animals living under human care including (pets, zoo and laboratory animals). . He is highly sought after for working with private clients, organisations as well as teaching workshops and presenting at conferences. Chirag was also an expert on BBC 1’s TV Series Nightmare Pets SOS and has gives TV interviews worldwide.
Chirag is passionate about the application of ethical behaviour change science to improve the life of animals living under human care by teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a low stress manner.
He is consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association UK, The Kong Company and in 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant.
Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour. Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford's Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years.
Chirag also has an internationally selling DVD called 'From Brain to Bite: understanding, managing and modifying aggressive behaviour in dogs”. Chirag also has a YouTube Channel that has accumulated over a million views and provides free resources for pet owners and professionals.