Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: BACB — 
Applied Behavior Analytic Acceptance and Commitment Training: Functional Analysis PART ONE
Thursday, May 25, 2023
1:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 401/402
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Yukie Kurumiya, Ph.D.
THOMAS G. SZABO (Capella University), LARISA SHEPERD (Endicott College), ASHLEY PETT (Achievement, Balance, Community LLC), CELIA HEYMAN (New Jersey ABA), YUKIE KURUMIYA (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), TYLER-CURTIS CORY ELLIOT (University of Georgia), Kristy Park (George Mason University), ELISE PRACHAR (The Florida Institute of Technology)
Description: Evidence for the utility of acceptance and commitment training (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 problematic for our field when training does not result in skill acquisition and sensitivity to the nuances of acceptable conduct when using an intervention. This workshop (Part 1 of 2) will offer training in two skills – ACT assessment and therapeutic alliance. Using a BST format, participants will learn to conduct descriptive functional assessment of the six ACT repertoires and apply a 14-step task analysis to the development of a compassion-focused therapeutic relationship with clients. Participants will receive intensive coaching in small groups from seven seasoned facilitators and access to an online folder with self-paced training material, videos, and relevant research.
Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) code dialogue for six core indirect-acting contingencies; (2) discriminate steps in a 14-step task analysis to the development of a compassion-focused therapeutic alliance; (3) conduct descriptive ABA ACT functional assessment with attention to the therapeutic relationship.
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: Basic
Keyword(s): BST+ Roleplay, Descriptive ACT-FBA, Therapeutic Alliance



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