Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #241
CE Offered: BACB — 
The Balancing ACT: Ethical Considerations for BCBAs Doing Acceptance and Commitment Training
Sunday, May 26, 2019
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, St. Gallen 1-3
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Adam DeLine Hahs, Ph.D.
Chair: Dana Paliliunas (Missouri State University)
JONATHAN J. TARBOX (University of Southern California; FirstSteps for Kids)
ADAM DELINE HAHS (Arizona State University)
HEATHER LYNN LEWIS (Saint Louis University)

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) has been shown to be an effective treatment strategy for a range of populations, including individuals with autism. Recent behavior analytic attention has been paid to ACT, as evidenced by a recent surge of behavior analytic training/workshops, curriculum materials and protocols, research publications, etc. While promising, limited information is currently available for practitioners to assess their integrity with implementing ACT with their clients. Similarly, behavior analysts have minimal resources to consider ethical conduct when implementing behavioral therapies in general, and ACT specifically. Therefore, the current panel will discuss relevant scope of practice for behavior analysts when implementing ACT in their practice. The goal of the panel is to provide attendees with insight into specific areas, to ensure ethical and quality implementation of ACT. The following topics will be discussed: implementation strategies, ethical considerations, and strategies for targeting private events. All three panelists have published empirical studies using acceptance and commitment training and relational frame theory (RFT), and are board certified behavior analyst-doctoral.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: 1. Label key ethical codes that pertain to using ACT in clinical practice 2. Identify strategies for targeting private events 3. Define how to assess integrity of ACT implementation
Keyword(s): ACT, Behavior Therapy, Ethical Considerations, Psychological flexibility



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