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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W58
Behavioral Mindfulness: Toward a Behavioral Definition of Mindfulness and Using Approximations to Gain Greater Mindful Awareness
Friday, May 24, 2019
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Montreux 1
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mark R. Clingan, Ed.D.
MARK R. CLINGAN (West Virginia University - Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Retired), JOHN E. HUMPHREY (Retired)
Description: For centuries various esoteric and religious practices have developed contemplative techniques to more effectively deal with life. These practices have helped a number of people to cope with and work on problems. Yet, these practices have often been done in haphazard ways with limited results. Behavioral mindfulness provides a starting point for defining what is meant by mindfulness. It establishes learning goals, and training procedures to make the salient features of mindful awareness work for a broader audience. In a sense, this is “East meets West.” Both the mindfulness and the Behavior Analytic approaches have somethings to offer and the combination may have a synergistic improvement over past practices. In this workshop, participants will learn a definition of mindfulness that comports to the views of radical behaviorism. They will practice various meditative techniques and learn procedures to help generalize mindful awareness into daily activities. Participants will learn how verbal behavior and private events can be used to help steer them to more composure and to be more effective in their interactions with their environments.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop the participants will be able to: 1. List two benefits that they can gain from practicing mindful awareness. 2. Define mindful awareness from a behavioral perspective. 3. Identify that they have experienced mindful awareness for one breath. 4. Identify that they have experienced mindful awareness for three consecutive breaths. 5. Demonstrate the appropriate execution of a mindful pause. 6. List two benefits that they can gain from a daily practice of meditation. 7. Tell the main goal when practicing mindful meditation. 8. List three factors that indicate they are meditating correctly. 9. During a practice meditation, identify that they have done one of the three behaviors that indicate they were doing meditation correctly. 10. Demonstrate the correct execution of three different meditative practices. 11. Explain how private events fit within the casual relations of important emotional and behavioral reactions. 12. Describe a way to improve behavioral outcomes using the analysis of private events. 13. Define a shepherd thought. 14. Given a role play scenario demonstrate the appropriate use of a shepherd thought. 15. List three situations where they will practice using a shepherd thought. 16. Tell how mindful awareness can help them be more effective in daily activities. 17. List three situations in which they will practice developing more mindful awareness. 18. Write a verbal commitment to use a data sheet to collect data on mindful awareness practices for the next month.
Activities: During a brief lecture, participants will fill out worksheets that list key points about behavioral mindfulness and methods of achieving it. Interspersed with the lecture will be small discussion groups where participants will describe their understanding of the material with an emphasis on highlighting experiences in their lives that exemplify the presented information. An emphasis is placed on practicing a number of meditative procedures that facilitate learning mindful awareness. A number of brief exercises will be described and rehearsed that can help generalize mindful awareness to daily activities. The workshop will end with a group discussion of the ideas, principles, practices, and ways to cultivate more frequent and more in-depth mindful awareness in the participant’s lives. Participants will be given access to the instructor’s YouTube videos for more practice in behavioral mindfulness.
Audience: This workshop is designed for: 1. all certified behavior analysts who are interested in developing a greater understanding of mindfulness procedures from a radical behavior perspective. 2. Behavior analysts who wish to increase their capacity for and frequency of responding with mindful awareness. 3. Behavior analysts who work with individuals who may benefit from practices that increase calm attention to important features of their current environments.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Mindfulness, Self-management



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