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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.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts: A Practice Guide from Theory to Treatment (Softcover)

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts: A Practice Guide from Theory to Treatment by Mark R. Dixon, Steven C. Hayes, and Jordan Belisle is an exciting new addition to ABAI’s book series. It offers a thorough discussion of acceptance and commitment therapy or training (ACT) and acts as a guide for its use by behavior analysts. The book emphasizes how the intentional development of six core behavioral processes – values, committed action, acceptance, defusion, self-as-context, and present moment awareness – help establish the psychological flexibility needed to acquire and maintain adaptive behaviors that compete with maladaptive behavior patterns in verbally able clients.

Split into three parts, the book covers the history and controversy surrounding the rise of acceptance and commitment strategies in behavior analysis and shows how the processes underlying ACT are linked to foundational behavioral scientific principles, as amplified by stimulus equivalence and relational learning principles such as those addressed by relational frame theory. In a careful step-by-step way, it describes the best practices for administering the acceptance and commitment procedures at the individual client level, in organizational systems, and with families. Attention is also given to the ethical and scope of practice considerations for behavior analysts, including recommendations for conducting ongoing research on this new frontier for behavior analytic treatment across a myriad of populations and behaviors. Written by leading experts in the field, the book argues that practice must proceed from the basic tenants of behavior analysis and that now is the opportune moment to bring ACT methods into behavior analysis to maximize the scope and depth of behavioral treatments for all people.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts will be an essential read for students of behavior analysis and behavior therapy, individuals in graduate training programs that prepare behavior analysts, and professionals likely to use ACT in their clinical practice and research.

ISBN-13: 978-1032168098

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