Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Panel #136
CE Offered: BACB
ACT and ABA: Natural Progression or Conceptual Regression?
Sunday, May 27, 2007
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Cunningham AB
Area: TPC/CBM; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D.
Chair: Daniel J. Moran (Trinity Services)
DANIEL J. MORAN (Trinity Services)
KURT SALZINGER (Hofstra University)
STEVEN C. HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
RICHARD M. O'BRIEN (Hofstra University)

Proponents of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its theoretical foundation Relational Frame Theory have described this approach as the basis for a third wave of Behavior Therapy. Skeptical observers view the ACT/RFT third wave as only waving goodbye to the scientific basis of Behavior Analysis. In this Panel Discussion, Steven C. Hayes, a developer of the ACT/RFT model and Daniel J. Moran will present ACT as a necessary extension of behavior analysis. They see ACT as giving greater breadth to the clinical field and filling a gap in the behavioral account of complex behaviors. But some behavior analysts are not convinced that the cognitively oriented approach embodied in ACT and Mindfulness is the direction that the field should take. Kurt Salzinger will discuss the ACT/RFT model from the perspective of traditional behavior analysis. Richard M. OBrien will review some of the core concepts of ACT/RFT as positive additions to the behavioral model or digressions from it with the goal of bringing this approach solidly within applied behavior analysis.




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