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.

  • AAB: Applied Animal Behavior

    AUT: Autism

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    VRB: Verbal Behavior

14th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2020

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Workshop #W1
Learning RFT and ACT to Build Meaningful and Robust Skill Repertoires in Persons With Autism
Sunday, February 23, 2020
9:30 AM–12:20 PM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mark Dixon, Ph.D.
MARK DIXON (Southern Illinois University)
Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D, is professor and coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. His interests include the study of complex operant behavior, gambling behavior, and organizational behavior. Mark has published 3 books and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles. He has served as associate editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, the editor for the Analysis of Gambling Behavior, and a reviewer for over 20 nonbehavioral journals. Dr. Dixon has generated over 1.5 million dollars in funding to infuse behavior analysis within local schools and treatment facilities, and create a behavioral therapy clinic for persons suffering from problem gambling or obesity. Mark's research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, a New York Times best seller, and regional affiliates of ABC, CBS, and PBS.
Description: This workshop is designed for the practicing behavior analyst in a wide range of clinical settings that is looking for a better understanding of Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ThIs interactive workshop move from the origins, the research, and the implications these post-Skinnerian approaches have on everyday practice. Benefits include a more comprehensive account of language, how complex language can be taught to persons with autism, as well as the troubles language can get clients into as they begin to move from pure contingency control towards rule governed dominance.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe how RFT and ACT originated, the key research findings, and the overlap and uniqueness with prior behavioral accounts of language; (2) describe the key elements of what a relational frame is and the six processes used in ACT; (3) provide examples of tools that behavior analysts can use to enhance their autism practice based on RFT and ACT.
Activities: PENDING
Audience: Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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