Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Invited Paper Session #58
CE Offered: BACB
Process-Based Analysis of Defusion and Self-Based Exercises in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Saturday, May 27, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1-3
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Kieva S. Hranchuk (Brock University)
CE Instructor: Francisco José Ruiz Jiménez, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: FRANCISCO JOSÉ RUIZ JIMÉNEZ (Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz)

A unique characteristic of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the possibility of being updated and enhanced according to clinically-relevant conceptualization and research conducted within Relational Frame Theory (RFT). Defusion and self-based exercises are distinctive components of ACT. However, they might be seen as interactions only suitable for individuals with sophisticated verbal repertoires. This presentation will discuss different RFT conceptualizations of the processes involved in defusion and self-based exercises and the empirical evidence obtained from experimental analogs. First, we will present examples of different types of defusion and self-based exercises. Second, different theoretical proposals of the processes involved in these exercises will be discussed. Third, we will review laboratory research conducted to understand defusion and self-based exercises. Fourthly, we will discuss how RFT conceptualization and research could help to improve the efficacy of these types of exercises. Lastly, we will suggest how defusion and self-based exercises can be adapted to individuals with less sophisticated verbal repertoires.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Researchers and practitioners interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) List types of defusion and self-based exercises; (2) Identify research results on basic processes involved in defusion exercises; (3) Identify research results on basic processes involved in self-based exercises; (4) Integrate research results within an RFT conceptualization of psychological flexibility.
FRANCISCO JOSÉ RUIZ JIMÉNEZ (Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz)
Francisco J. Ruiz received his doctoral degree in Psychology in Universidad de Almería (Spain) under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Luciano. He worked in several Spanish universities before accepting a professor position in Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia) in 2015. In this position, he designed a Ph.D. program with a high emphasis on behavior analysis. He has been also awarded as “Distinguished Researcher” of Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz twice and has been inducted as a Fellow of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He has published about 100 scientific articles focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT).



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