Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W35
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Updating Relational Frame Theory and Increasing its Utility in Applied Behavior Analyses of Human Language and Cognition
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153C
Area: DEV; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Carolina Coury Silveira, Ph.D.
DERMOT BARNES-HOLMES (Ulster University), COLIN HARTE (Federal University of São Carlos ), JOAO HENRIQUE DE ALMEIDA (Londrina State University), CAROLINA COURY SILVEIRA DE ALMEIDA (ABAKids: Desenvolvimento Infantil)
Description: Relational frame theory (RFT) is a behavior-analytic account of human language and cognition which in recent years has experienced a period of intense conceptual and empirical development. The overarching aim of the current workshop is to summarise these recent developments in RFT and how they could translate into potential advances in applied behaviour analyses, particularly in understanding and treating language and cognitive deficits/developmental delays. The workshop will be built around a new RFT framework for conceptualising many of the key ‘behavioral units’ of human verbal behavior. It will aim to demonstrate how the framework could be utilised in analysing deficits in, and designing interventions for, people with autism and other developmental delays. A blend of lecturing, video material, examples of teaching programmes, and group-based practical exercises will be utilised. PowerPoint slides and related materials will be made freely available to participants as well as free access to supporting software related to workshop content. Many additional readings will also be made available via an open access website. At the end of the workshop attendees should be in a position to utilise this new framework in their own applied environments.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) articulate the basic descriptive and explanatory concepts in RFT; (2) identify and describe the key elements of the multidimensional, multilevel (MDML) RFT framework; (3) generate some examples of how the MDML framework may be used in the applied behaviour-analytic treatment of specific deficits in human language and cognition.
Activities: The workshop will involve a balance between lecture, active participation, opportunities to practice the skills demonstrated in groups along with feedback provided to participants by the workshop presenters. In addition, video demonstrations will be employed throughout, and examples of teaching programmes will be provided. Workshops slides and additional supplementary readings and materials will be made available to participants via an open access website.
Audience: A basic background in behaviour analysis is assumed.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Developmental Delays, Language/Cognition, MDML Framework, RFT



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