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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Applied Behavior Analysis Seminar

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, California

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has well over 100 published randomized controlled trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness for treating a range of problems of traditional psychology, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and chronic pain, among others. Acceptance and commitment therapy was conceived and developed by behavior analysts who were also clinical psychologists and who sought to extend behavior analytic treatment into realms traditionally dominated by cognitive and other branches of psychology. That goal has been largely successful and acceptance and commitment therapy has been broadly disseminated across clinical psychology, social work, nursing, and medicine, in dozens of countries around the globe.


The objective of this single track, one dayn event is to provide an event catered to ABAI's practitioner membership that will provide training in an area considered to be cutting-edge by many researchers in applied behavior analysis today. This event is well-aligned with the overall goal of ABAI to continue to increase offerings that are of great interest to practitioners, without compromising the scientific integrity of the organization or convention. Our selected presenters have unimpeachable scientific credentials and are skilled at presenting research in a manner that is desirable and consumable by practitioners.



Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno: One of the founders of ACT who is capable of presenting on virtually any aspect of the relation of ACT to applied behavior analysis.


Anthony Biglan, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute: One of the leading behavior analysts researching community-wide behavioral interventions and a leader in the development of ACT-based interventions at both organizational and community levels.


Mark Dixon, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University: One of the leading researchers on ACT applications to gambling, staff training, and interventions for individuals with ASD.


Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University: Leading researcher on applications of ACT to parent training.


Michael Twohig, Ph.D., Utah State University: Leading researcher on applications of ACT to behavior disorders that are traditionally treated by cognitive behavioral therapies, but that fall well within the scope of practice of behavior analysis, including trichotillomania and skin picking. 



ACT Seminar 2018 San Diego
Modifed by Eddie Soh