Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W41
CE Offered: BACB/QABA — 
How to Use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Ethically With Parents and Caregivers
Friday, May 26, 2023
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1C/D
Area: CBM/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D.
ALYSSA N. WILSON (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology--SoCal)
Description: Parents of children with complex health needs require additional support beyond the integrity of implementing treatment plans. There is a plethora of empirical evidence supporting how to help parents implement treatment plans, yet less is known about how to embed other aspects of parental support to enhance the health and wellbeing of not only the parent but also the family. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment training within parent coaching contexts, particularly on parental stress, engagement in values-based patterns of actions, and the parent-child relationship. While promising, behavior analysts have minimal training opportunities to learn how to use ACT ethically within parent training or coaching contexts. Similarly, no training resource currently exists for behavior analysts to implement ACT within their scope of competence. Therefore, the current workshop seeks to provide attendees with an overview of how to use ACT in parent coaching contexts. The workshop will: 1) provide an empirically supported foundation on how behavior analysts can conceptualize ACT without relying on mid-level terminology; 2) outline step by step how to arrange an ethical ACT intervention for parents and caregivers; and 3) use video modeling help attendees establish repertories to use in their clinical practice.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify ACT components using behavior analytic language 2. Define key features of ethical ACT interventions 3. Select ethical ACT interventions when given an example of a presenting parent situation
Activities: The workshop will use the following activities: 1. Didactic lecture and group discussion 2. Guided practice through video observation and group discussion. 3. Video demonstrations of strategies will be provided.
Audience: The target audience is "intermediate", as they should have some general exposure to basic conceptual and empirical foundations of Relational Frame Theory. They should also have behavior analytic experience, and therefore should be certified or at least completed graduate training.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ACT, Ethics, Parent training



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