Token Economies: Getting them Right to Pave the Path for Success


Victoria Miller, MA, BCBA, LBS (Read Bio)


Token economies involve a complex system of reinforcement in which token presentation is contingent upon target behaviors and then exchanged for backup reinforcement.  Though token systems are a commonly used intervention within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, it has been demonstrated in the research that wide variability exists in their implementation, without use of standardized terms and protocols (degli Espinosa & Hackenberg, 2022; Ivy, 2017).  In addition, token economies are frequently devised in idiosyncratic and arbitrary fashions.  When executed properly, token systems have robust potential to be the supporting framework for learning and behavior change.  This training will provide participants with an in-depth analysis of the mechanics of a token economy, in addition to common pitfalls to avoid when setting up their own systems.  The use of response cost will be explored as an additional tool to aid in the efficacy of a token system.  Attendees will have an opportunity to develop their own mock token economy during the course of the training.  To conclude, maintenance and ethical concerns related to token systems will be discussed.      

  • PCS provides light refreshments at all in-person trainings. Lunch is not provided. Please come prepared with a packed lunch as there will be time for a brief working lunch.
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Credits Available

5.00 APA CE Credits For Psychologists, Social Workers or Professional Counselors
4 BCBA CE Credits
5.00 BSL CE Credits
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Training Location

PCS Headquarters
200 North 7th Street
Lebanon, PA 17046

June 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $100


Training Contact

PCS Education Dept

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  • PCS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • People who attend PCS trainings in their entirety may receive CE credits for psychologists/LPC/ LSW/LCSW/ LMFT or general training credits, including CAC/DDAP. For other licenses, please consult with your respective licensing board.
    • Following each training, participants who have attended the training in its entirety will receive a PCS Training Feedback form via email.
    • After receipt of the completed form, PCS will issue a certificate via email indicating the CE credits that have been obtained.
    NOTE: Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) trainings are for BSL licensure credits only. APA continuing education credits noted above do not apply.