Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Acceptance and Commitment Training for Applied Behavior Analysts: This is Great, But How Would I Do This?
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 104A
Area: CBM/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Thomas G. Szabo, Ph.D.
THOMAS G. SZABO (Touro University, Autism Care West), AZIZULL KAUR DHADWAL (Pepperdine University), YUKIE KURUMIYA (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), ASHLEY PETT (Achievement, Balance, Community LLC), JACLYN TRUJILLO (Florida Institute of Technology), SEHAR MOUGHAL (University of Auckland), LARISA SHEPERD (Endicott College), DESIRAE WINGERTER (Collaboration Center Foundation), Jennifer J. McComas (University of Minnesota)
Description: Evidence for the utility of acceptance and commitment trainin (ACT) in applied behavior analysis (ABA) is growing. Most researchers publishing in this area are highly skilled academics with their most experienced graduate students, so it is not surprising that they are successful and operating within an ABA scope of practice. But how does the average ABA practitioner gain access to the coaching needed for successful, ethical implementation of ACT in ABA settings? It does not help that ABA practitioners leave ACT workshops saying, “This is great, but how would I do this?” In fact, it is highly problematic for our field if any training does not result in skill acquisition and sensitivity to the nuances of acceptable conduct when using any intervention. This workshop will offer training in two skills – ACT assessment and intervention. Using a BST format, participants will learn to conduct descriptive functional assessment of the six ACT repertoires and apply a 10-step task analysis to the development of novel, idiosyncratic ACT exercises. Participants will receive intensive coaching in small groups from seven seasoned facilitators and access to an online folder with sample self-guided training material to continue to practice with after the workshop, clinical decision-making trees to guide practice, video exemplars, and relevant research.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to (1) code dialogue for six core indirect-acting contingencies (2) apply a 10-step task analysis to the design of a function-based ACT intervention (3) develop data collection for learner practice of ACT skills and ABA dependent variables
Activities: BST - rationale, modeling, rehearsal, feedback. Also, lecture, small group breakout, large group discussion.
Audience: Participants should be familiar with the ACT model. Having previously participated in an ACT workshop, read ACT research, or read ACT books would help. This content is appropriate for BCBAs and for BCaBAs under supervision of BCBAs with ACT in ABA background. This content is also appropriate for students and practitioners of clinical behavior analysis (behavioral counseling, therapy, and so forth).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ACTraining, BST, Intensive Coaching



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