Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #182
CE Offered: BACB
The Meaning of Mattering: Values in Applied and Clinical Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Coronado Ballroom AB
Area: CBM/PCH; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Evelyn R. Gould, Ph.D.
Chair: Daryl Rachal (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
EVELYN R. GOULD (FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.)
JOSHUA PRITCHARD (Southern Illinois University)
EHREN J WERNTZ (Arizona Autism United)

Interventions that focus on fostering contact with values and building values-consistent patterns of behavior have been shown to increase awareness of and openness to aversive experiences, as well as effective, committed action in the presence of those experiences. These findings suggest a powerful role for values in facilitating desirable behavior change � not only for clients but also family of clients and even practitioners themselves. As a result, values-interventions are increasingly included in clinical behavior analysis (often explicitly, as in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Behavior Activation Therapy for Depression). However, much of the research on values interventions focuses on psychotherapeutic definitions of the term and applied contexts. Given the growing role of values interventions in behavior analytic practice, it is important to conceptualize them in behavior analytic terms so that they may be studied with precision, scope and depth. The aim of this panel is to examine values from a behavior analytic perspective, then discuss their application and usefulness in traditional behavioral interventions.

Target Audience:

Behavior analysts or behavior therapists with an interest in values as behavioral phenomena or values-based interventions.

Learning Objectives: Define values in behavior analytic terms. Describe the potential usefulness of values interventions in behavior analytic practice. Demonstrate an understanding of how to utilize values interventions to affect desired behavior change in behavior analytic practice.
Keyword(s): Acceptance-and-Commitment Therapy, Clinical-Behavior-Analysis, Relational-Frame-Theory, Values



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