Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Empowering Behavior Analytic Perspective on Language: Implications of Relational Frame Theory for Children's Affective and Hyperactive Problems
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Forum ABC, Niveau 1
Area: DDA/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Carmen Luciano, Ph.D.
CARMEN LUCIANO (University Almeria)
Description: Relational Frame Theory (RFT; Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001) is a contextual approach to complex human behavior with increasing empirical evidence (Dymond & Roche, 2013) that conceives language and cognition as arbitrarily applicable relational responding. As such, RFT has the potential to generate practical applications in relatively new areas for behavior analysis. In fact, during the last few years, RFT is providing important applications in the clinical work with children in several areas including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and emotional disorders (Rehfeldt & Barnes-Holmes; Dixon, 2015; Luciano, Valdivia-Salas, Cabello, & Hernndez, 2009; Ruiz & Perete, 2015). The aim of the current workshop is to present a sketch of these applications. Firstly, the basics of RFT will be summarized. Secondly, the implications of RFT for training verbal behavior will be presented. Thirdly, the connection between RFT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) will be presented for the treatment of psychological disorders in children competent in verbal behavior. Lastly, the complementarity and integration with traditional contingency management techniques will be highlighted.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:(1) Identify the basics of RFT; (2) Understand the rational for developing self-regulation in hyperactive children; (3) Adapt ACT strategies based on RFT for the treatment of psychological disorders in children.
Activities: Lecture, Small group breakout, Guided practice, Video observation
Audience: Intermediate. Participants should have basic knowledge of relational frame theory and acceptance and commitment
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): children, emotional disorders, hyperactivity, RFT



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