Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #440
CE Offered: BACB
Treating Private Events as Behaviors: Does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Have a Place in Traditional Behavior Analysis?
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: John O'Neill, Ph.D.
Chair: Sunni Primeaux (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
STEVEN GORDON (Behavior Therapy Associates)
JUSTIN JAMES DAIGLE (Therapy Center of Acadiana)
JOHN O'NEILL (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

Although Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) promotes itself as being a type of clinical behavior analysis and as having its origins in behavior analysis, many professionals are skeptical of this or are unsure how to incorporate ACT in their traditional behavior analysis practices. A common concern amongst Behavior Analysts is how to know when doing work from an ACT perspective if one is operating within the scope of their practice. What are the conceptual boundaries? Are there some aspects that can be merged but not others? This panel will serve as a “Part II” to a panel discussion that took place at the ABAI 2014 Annual Convention, and will consist of a range of professionals with varying opinions on this issue. The goal of this panel is to facilitate a discussion that will include the pros and cons of each position in hopes to gain insight and answers into these very common questions.

Keyword(s): ABA, ACT



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