The Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology

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The Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology Conference (CHATTcon) is like no other. You'll be immersed in a culture of sharing, collaboration and passion for changing the world. Not only are the speakers the best in the game, but we attract attendees who are also dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable. Best of all, everyone, no matter how accomplished, is there to learn more and to help you do the same.

You'll encounter a group of incredible people that would not normally cross paths with each other. Many experienced conference-goers and even some of the speakers said this was the best conference they've ever attended. Your fascination for behavior will be fueled by the energy in the room and the downright greatness you'll witness.

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Holy geekfest Batman - look at that speaker line up!

Attention people teachers and trainers! Attention animal trainers! Your worlds are about to collide in a truly phenomenal way. You're about to meet true visionary leaders in animal and human training.

Join us in Seattle July 19-21 for a behavior nerdfest where you'll learn from some of the best human and animal trainers. Take your people training skills to the next level while geeking out on behavior stuff. This conference is like no other. It's the Convergence of Human and Animal Training and Technology. There is a lot that the human and animal trainers can learn from each other and there's incredible new tech. You'll be on the forefront of that at this conference.

There's a level of excitement and a desire to take it to the next level in collaboration that swirls around this conference. Every speaker is creating a new talk just for this special event, tailored to both the human and animal trainers.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what's going on at the leading edge of human and animal training. Increase your thinking and skills beyond the bounds of experience from working in one field. This event sold out last year, so be sure to sign up now to ensure that you get one of the 400 in-person spots.

Check out this fabulous video by Rachel Ryan Media that shows you what a great time you'll have when you come to CHATTcon this summer:

Kathy Sdao

I’m lauding Ryan and Joan for bringing two populations together. I went last year and it was fantastic but it was also kind of like, oh these are people that usually aren’t in the same room together. I felt like it was really brave and pioneering of you guys to get us talking, cause we don’t enough. I just looked at the line up and, Oh my goodness! I’m so excited yeah, not only do I get to talk, I get to learn.

Kathy Sdao Bright Spot Dog Training

What People Are Saying About the CHATTcon Experience

  • Abby Grief BCBA Abby Grief BCBA ABA Technologies
    I wanted to reach out to you to say thank you for an absolutely incredible conference! It had to be one of the most fun, interesting, eye-opening, inspiring, and educational conferences I have been to yet - and it was only the first one! I very much look forward to attending in the years to come, so thank you again for putting on such a wonderful event and bridging a much needed gap in the world of behavior!
  • Vicci Tucci BCBA Vicci Tucci BCBA CHATTcon 2018 Speaker
    Best conference ever!
  • Carl Binder PhD Carl Binder PhD CATTcon 2018 Speaker
    It was a fantastic conference, and thanks for putting it on!
  • Megan Miller BCBA Megan Miller BCBA CHATTcon 2018 Speaker
    It was definitely the best conference I have attended to date and I have already marked my calendar to attend next year.
  • Danielle Watson BCBA Danielle Watson BCBA
    Everyone’s really having a good time and enjoying the conference and everybody’s learning from each other. I’ve really liked how the animal presenters have broken everything down behaviorally to be understood by everybody, because a lot of the time that’s an issue with behavior analysis. We’re very jargony.
  • Cindiana Jones Cindiana Jones
    So excited for year 2. The only ABA event that my husband also wants to attend! [Note - he trains parrots]
  • Catherine Madson Catherine Madson Blue Collar Doghouse
    A trove of information that I felt I could incorporate immediately into my own training programs.
  • Kathleen Nurena Kathleen Nurena Family Physician
    It was invigorating being surrounded by such a diverse group of experts both on the stage and in the audience.
  • Shelly Wood Shelly Wood Early Prevention Impacts Community (EPIC) and Drop Your Jaws Dog Training
    It was incredibly inspiring to learn from so many people about various applications of the science of behavior for the betterment of all. The conference was well organized, the speakers were outstanding and the experience filled me with knowledge and hope. I can't wait to see what next year is like!
  • Carol Wilson Carol Wilson Rewarding Results, LLC (dog training)
    As an animal and human trainer, I loved the opportunity to learn from others and network with some amazing people. It was convergence all over; all of the time!
  • Jodi Tuckett Jodi Tuckett
    The Convergence event was an outstanding conference which brought together the best presenters in their respective fields. I don’t know how you’ll top it in 2019, but I’m sure you will!
  • Erica Heuer BCBA Erica Heuer BCBA Cascade Behavioral Intervention
    It was an amazing weekend jammed packed with knowledge. It was awesome to learn from people doing the same thing but with a different population, and to see all of the different things people are doing in the field of behavior.

Superstar Speaker Line Up!

Theresa McKeon

Ken Ramirez

Susan Friedman

Ryan O'Donnell

Annie Esclanate

T. V. Joe Layng

Andy Chavez

Ann Bergeron

Kathy Sdao

Susan Schneider

Anne Wormald

Adam Dreyfus

Alex Diaz

Christy Alligood

Come With Us to School!

What better place to hold this conference that will bring great minds in human and animal training together than the University?

Join the fun in Kane120 at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus.

Visit Iconic Seattle!

You'll fall in love with Seattle, so be sure to bring the family and spend a few extra days.

Markets, culture, history, coffee, beer, adventure and the spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Did we mention coffee? Seattle has it all. If Seattle isn't on your bucket list, it should be!

You can stay in the brand new North Campus residence at the University of Washington for 2 nights, including breakfast and lunch for less than the price of one night in a hotel in Seattle in the summer. You can book a single room or double room with private bathroom.

You can stay for 2 nights before the conference and/or an additional 2 nights after the conference if you want to have some time to explore in the incredible city of Seattle. There's so much to see and do in this iconic city and the surrounding natural areas and this is a wonderful opportunity to do it at a very low price.

More Residence Info

Behavior Analysts

We're approved for 14 Type 2 BACB CEUs. There is no extra charge for these!

Animal Trainers

We're approved for 14 CEUs from CCPDT, KPA, IATCB and IAABC  and 6 CEUs from NACSW for CNWI

A Day at The Ranch - SOLD OUT

For CHATTcon attendees only! Join a small group of fellow attendees at Karen Pryor Clicker Training's National Training Center, The Ranch on Friday July 19. This stunning 13-acre property is located in Graham, Washington.

You'll spend a day at the KPCT Ranch learning from the master himself, Ken Ramirez. You'll get to soak up some incredible knowledge so that your training will get a boost to the next level, regardless of what species you train.

In addition to two lectures with Ken, you'll get to try your hand at training one of these cuties. How can you resist this? And you'll get lunch and snacks!

You'll get access to the registration for this ($175) after you register for the conference.


50% Off Intro to TAGteach Online

When you register for CHATTcon you'll receive a discount code that you can use at the TAGteach Online Learning Center or Precision Teaching University.

This course earns you Level 1 TAGteach Certification if you hand in all the homework and videos.

CEUs from this Course

BACB: 10.5 Type 2 CEUs (only from Precision Teaching University)



Can't Make it to Seattle?

We've got a livestream and recording option just for you!

The livestream experience is just like being there, except you can participate from the comfort of your own home in your jammies if you want! You'll have a dedicated team of behavior analysts to chat with and a whole community of fellow livestreamers watching and interacting with you. We've improved our tech this year so you'll have an awesome experience. Lots of people told us last year that they loved the livestream even more than attending a conference in person.

All you'll need is a device with internet access and a headset or speakers and you'll be ready to experience this incredible event as it's happening.

If you're not able to join in live, you'll have access to the recording for 30 days after the conference. You must sign up in advance for the livestream to get this option.

You'll be able to get CEUs from all the participating organizations for all the parts that you watch regardless of whether it's on the recording or live in the stream.

First let me GUSH!!! being in the online group was GREAT!!! The side discussion was eye opening and did not interfere with the speakers’ info. Lots of info shared. Our leader was the best. There was friendly banter and I honestly would choose that format again for attendance. I think I learn more when doing it this way.

Donna Toews
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Check out this full session with the incomparable Susan Friedman from CHATTcon 2018.

"So I think if I gave you one most important thing it would be to connect to the answer, what is behavior for? And I think that as behavior analysts, and as animal trainers, we're so focused on the behavior we need the animal to learn, or the individual to enter their repertoire for success, that we sometimes forget that we're all part of this bigger evolutionary picture. And that behavior is part of that as well. So behavior is for, as many of you said in different ways, operating on the environment."

"It was no mistake that Skinner picked the word “operant” as we are operators. I think there's some irony to the bad rap, the clockwork orange, rap. That we are in some way, puppeteers wanting to control, when the very word “operant” is a clue to the fact that the organism itself is the operator, which is an empowered description of what we do with our behavior."

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