Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #254
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: Starting a Psychotherapy Clinic and Finding Supervision in a Global Scenario
Sunday, May 29, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 103
Area: CBM/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kozue Matsuda, Ph.D.
Chair: Rodrigo Vianna de Almeida (Ulster University)
KOZUE MATSUDA (Children Center Inc)
JOAO HENRIQUE DE ALMEIDA (Londrina State University)
JESÚS ALONSO-VEGA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Current global events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, have enhanced widespread motivation for using the web as the official environment for activities previously considered marginally appropriate for online delivery. One of them was psychotherapy service and supervision. This opens the possibility of blurring borders. Namely, clients can reach out to therapists in different countries. The same happens with therapists looking for clinical supervisors. The aim of this PDS is to invite clinical behavior analysts to discuss these new possibilities, and, more specifically, how their theoretical-practical approach to behavior-analytic psychotherapy can adapt into the digital, global context. For this talk, the invited and confirmed speakers are: Dr Kozue Matsuda (Pepperdine University and Children Center Inc., Tokyo), Dr João Henrique de Almeida (State University of Londrina, Brazil), and doctoral candidate Jesús Alonso-Vega (Autonomous University of Madrid). The speakers will be asked to cover some –or all– of the 4 following topics: 1. What are the qualifications and documents required to perform psychotherapy as a licensed practitioner in the speakers' jurisdiction (i.e., Japan, Brazil, or Spain)? 2. For the starter of a clinic, what would be the current supply-and-demand market balance and how is that modulated by the current online possibilities? 3. What has recent behavior-analytic literature on online therapy sessions and supervision, regarding current possibilities? 4. How are theoretical-practical approaches to behavior-analytic psychotherapy influenced by online, international possibilities? This PDS will be endorsed as a BACB continuing education general credits module by BCBA-D Kozue Matsuda.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audiance are graduate students about to complete their degree and move on to pursue a licensed practice as behavioural therapists. This implies that participants of this PDS will need to be acquainted with the basics of behavioural analysis (basic principles and behavioural processes) and with concepts related to clinical behavioural analysis and its main perspectives, such as reinforcement contingency therapy, functional-analytic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, process-based beavioural therapy, and applied behaviour analysis for developmental issues.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to know the answer to: 1. According to the professional regulations in some particular jurisdiction (countries, namely: Spain, Japan, and USA), what are the qualifications and documents required to perform psychotherapy as a licensed practitioner? 2. What are some tips to someone who wants to start a psychotherapy clinic in those jurisdictions: what is the current supply-and-demand market balance, how is it modulated by the current online possibilities, and how much venture capital should be required to start with? 3. What some views on online therapy sessions and supervision, regarding current possibilities? The answer to this question can go to several different scopes: legal constraints and permissions, cultural constraints and permissions, you opinion on online sessions etc. 4. What are some theoretical-practical approach to behaviour-analytic psychotherapy and how are these approaches influenced by online, international possibilities of performing therapy?
Keyword(s): Clinic, Online therapy, Psychotherapy, Supervision



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