Association for Behavior Analysis International

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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysis, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Friday, May 22, 2020
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: EAB/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Carmen Luciano Soriano, Ph.D.
CARMEN LUCIANO SORIANO (University Almeria, Spain)
Description: Behavior Analysis (BA) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT) are integrated in a continuum dimension that is rooted to the functional and contextual perspective of behavior. The applied implications are huge. In this workshop, I will travel back to those times where BA began to provide formulas about how contingencies organized behavior. These effective experiences accounted for part of the enormous variability shown in behavior and then B.F. Skinner realized the impact of rules on contingencies. Even more, the relevance of generative self-rules and self-knowledge as well as how we respond to the one`s own behavior were on the table. This door was identified to further scientific inquiry, however it took some time for an insightful behavior to occur in the middle of practical experiences, an insight pointing to the emergent or derived responding. It was when the door was clearly opened to the analysis of further and more sophisticated forms of variability as generativity or derived responding as well as the experimental analysis of meaning of a particular case of high-order reinforcers that alter the function of other contingencies. Relational Frame Theory was a step forward into the analysis of such behavioral phenomena. Consequently, an extension of the functional dimension was in place to account for relevant behaviors as those pointing to human suffering or, conversely, responding to living in peace with oneself. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, is nowadays the contextual Therapy more compromised with the functional analysis of the interactions involved in moving from suffering to living. In this workshop we will go through this trajectory to stop for a while in ACT and to finish with the eyes focused in the emergence of insightful/creative behavior to connect points that still seem as isolated points in the behavioral universe.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify BA and RFT as part of the functional contextual dimension 2. Understand the emergence of insight in behavioral science 3. Identify the basic principles of reinforcement and relational responding 4. Understand ACT strategies based on Functional Analysis and RFT 5. Practice some of the relevant strategies in ACT
Activities: Lecture, small group activities, guided practice, building exercises, video observation
Audience: Basic and intermediate level should be appropriate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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