NEI TEC Talk: Shaping Week

Welcome to TEC Talks, by the Natural Encounters, Inc. Training and Education Center (NEI TEC)!

Join us at 2pm EDT on Monday, October 5th and Wednesday October 7th for Steve Martin’s two part presentation on shaping, and on Friday, October 9th for our NEI TEC in Conversation panel discussion with Steve Martin, Chris Jenkins, and Marty MacPhee as they wrap up the week by sharing their final thoughts and answering attendee questions.

Shaping Part 1 and 2 - Steve Martin (Monday, October 5th 2:00pm EDT and Wednesday, October 7th, 2:00pm EDT)

Shaping involves reinforcing successive approximations of behaviors toward a goal behavior and is the most common form of positive reinforcement training in the animal field today. This seminar takes a deep dive into the intricacies of various strategies of shaping behavior with a wide variety of animals. Topics covered in the seminars include:


  • Shaping overview
  • Reinforcement theory
  • Creating motivation
  • Capturing/Scanning
  • Shaping
  • Extinction/Extinction Burst
  • Cues
  • Bridging stimuli


  • Prompt shaping
  • Fading prompts
  • Adding the cue
  • Chaining
  • Generalization training
  • Reinforcement strategies
  • Shaping challenges

NEI TEC in Conversation: Steve Martin, Chris Jenkins, and Marty MacPhee(Friday, October 9th, 2:00pm EDT)

Join us for a panel discussion of NEI TEC faculty members as they gather to have a conversation about their thoughts on the presentations and questions from the previous sessions. The panelists look forward to sharing their final thoughts and answering attendee questions.

CEUs may be available for IATCB (CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA), IAABC, CCPDT (CBCC and CPDT), and KPA – if you are interested in CEUs for another organization, please contact them for additional information. Contact if you have any questions.

NOTE: If you miss a webinar, don’t worry! Access to the recordings of all three of these webinars will be sent in an email to registrants within 24-48 hours after the last webinar ends.