Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W40
CE Offered: BACB
Learning Process-Based Behavior Therapy (PBBT): Increasing Precision in Psychotherapy Using Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
Friday, May 26, 2023
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2C
Area: CBM/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D.
YVONNE BARNES-HOLMES (Perspectives Ireland Consulting Psychologists Ltd.)
Description: This workshop will introduce the core structure of Process-Based Behavior Therapy (PBBT) as a full psychotherapy treatment regime. The basic concepts of updated Relational Frame Theory (RFT) will be reviewed as the conceptual basis for clinical analyses and case formulations in PBBT. The tight link between these basic science concepts and their clinical application in PBBT will comprise the basis of the workshop content. Through this content, participants will see what PBBT looks like and can appreciate how the scientific analysis in RFT fully directs clinical decision-making, formulation, and interventions. The workshop will include clinical examples, cases, metaphors, and exercises from clinical practice in PBBT.
Learning Objectives: 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts of updated Relational Frame Theory (RFT). 2. Use core RFT concepts to assess complex behavior as observed with adults with a range of psychiatric presentations. 3. Apply RFT concepts to formulate clinical cases and design clinical interventions that constitute Process-Based Behavior Therapy (PBBT).
Activities: Workshop activities will comprise a range of learning formats, including: structured lecturing, learning through real case material, and working with short clinical examples. Participants will also practice case formulations and clinical analyses. These formulations will then be developed with examples of clinical metaphors, interventions, and exercises.
Audience: The workshop is targeted toward the "basic" instruction level. Participants should have an interest in psychotherapy and/or Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA), but do not need prior experience in psychotherapy. Participants also do not require prior knowledge of Relational frame Theory (RFT) or Process-Based Behavior Therapy (PBBT).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Psychotherapy, Relational Responding, Verbal Behavior



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