Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W4
CE Offered: BACB — 
Applied Behavior Analytic Acceptance and Commitment Training: Functional Analysis PART TWO
Friday, May 26, 2023
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 1A/B
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: ABA interventions tailored to the needs of an individual are both function-based and individualized. If ACT is to be a staple tool that ABA practitioners use, assessment and intervention using this approach should satisfy both criteria. In this workshop, we will introduce a model for combining direct with indirect contingency management strategies. Next, we offer participants opportunities to use indirect and descriptive tools for generating hypotheses related to covert behavior that may be interfering with direct contingency management. After that, we introduce the ABA ACT analog functional analysis procedure for verifying previously generated hypotheses and we offer opportunities for practice in small groups with coaches. Subsequently, we introduce a 10-step task analysis for creating unique, in-the-moment ACT interventions. There will be multiple opportunities in this section of the training to practice component and composite skills in small groups. This workshop (part 2 of 2) assumes some prior knowledge of ACT and ABA. We will use a behavior skills training approach throughout. (Attendance in Part 1 is highly recommended. Contact presenters if you would like to attend Part 2 only).
Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) use an analog ABA-ACT functional analysis procedure to verify hypotheses about ACT repertoires in need of intervention; (2) use a 14-step task analysis for developing a compassion-focused therapeutic alliance with clients (3) use a 10-step task analysis for designing function-based ACT interventions uniquely tailored to the needs of individual clients.
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: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ACT Intervention, Analog ACT-FA, BST+ Roleplay



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