Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Using Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Smoking Cessation
Friday, May 25, 2012
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
611 (Convention Center)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Barbara S. Kohlenberg, Ph.D.
ELIZABETH GIFFORD (Center for Health Care Evaluation), BARBARA S. KOHLENBERG (University of Nevada School of Medicine)
Description: A heavy smoker can take 800–1,000 puffs per day for years. This kind of history establishes powerful patterns of behavior that are not easily altered. Because smoking functions in part to help smokers manage thoughts and feelings, quitting smoking requires facing what has been avoided and learning to participate differently in the world. Although smoking is often described perfunctorily as a "habit," changing such entrenched behavior is a raw, painful process that confronts us with the heart of what it means to be human: to yearn, to suffer, to struggle for meaning. This workshop provides training in applying and integrating functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for smoking cessation. The treatment involves shaping alternative responses to intense, personally meaningful, and emotionally laden material. Acceptance and relationship repertoires can be used to strengthen one another, and understanding their interaction is at the core of this behavior analytic approach to smoking treatment, which has been shown to be effective in randomized controlled trials. The behavioral treatment developed by the workshop leaders (Gifford, Kohlenberg, Hayes, Piasecki, Antonuccio, Pearson, & Palm, 2011) will be presented both didactically and experientially.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Conceptualize acceptance and relationship as functional processes and identify their role in changing smoking and addictive behavior

Provide a rationale for FAP and ACT for smoking cessation to clients

Practice one-on-one FAP approaches to shaping emotional acceptance repertoires

Practice group ACT approaches to applying emotional acceptance to smoking cessation

Integrate standard CBT approaches with FAP and ACT

Activities: Workshop attendees will participate in didactic learning as well as clinical interactions demonstrating techniques. Participants will participate in role playing activities and group discussions. The workshop will be very hands on with opportunities to practice and apply the material in an interactive, supportive environment.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in clinical behavior analysis and smoking cessation.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): ACT FAP, smoking cessation



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