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.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Panel #448
CE Offered: BACB — 
Don’t Pigeonhole Me Inside a Hexagon! Acceptance and Commitment Training is Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 25, 2020
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Adam DeLine Hahs, Ph.D.
Chair: Michael DeLaet (PENDING)
ADAM DELINE HAHS (Arizona State University)
EMILY SANDOZ (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
ALYSSA N. WILSON (Saint Louis University)

The ways in which Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is made accessible for individuals within mainstream ABA are predominantly couched in the ACT "hexaflex". The current panel discussion will highlight other, potentially viable conceptualizations of facilitating competence regarding ACT's core processes for practicing behavior analysts. Further, we aim to tether objective process and outcome measures to the core processes such that practitioners may be better equipped to confidently use ACT within their efforts to promote habilitation in the individuals with whom they work. Finally, we seek to demystify stigma around ACT as being unethical in behavior analysis.

Target Audience:

Beginning-Advanced BACBs/behavior analysts; graduate students of behavior-analytic programs

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will be able to describe the ethical importance of remaining conceptually systematic in ABA, even when working with typically developing adult verbal behavior 2. Attendees will be able to describe how practical procedures from the ACT literature work in terms of behavioral principles 3. Attendees will be able to give practical examples of how intervening upon typically developing adults’ verbal behavior in the moment can affect that person’s socially meaningful overt behaviors outside of that session



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