Praxis Continuing Education & Training
ACT Foundations for Behavior Analysts
Steven C. Hayes, PhD; Mark R. Dixon, PhD, BCBA-D; and Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA-D
16 CE credits available
Please read the complete course information below prior to registering.
This training is planned for behavioral health professionals with a beginner to intermediate knowledge of Acceptance and Commitment Training (or Teaching), who wish to learn to use ACT within the scope of practice of applied behavior analysis. This includes counselors, psychologists, social workers, and behavior analysts.
Schedule: (16 hours total)
MODULE 1 (120 minutes)
- The behavioral background of ACT
- How relational frame theory (RFT) has contributed to modern applied behavior analysis
- The rationale behind ACT’s adoption of “middle-level” terms for behaviors to communicate with clients and caregivers
- Overview of the psychological flexibility model
MODULE 2 (123 minutes)
- A comparison of relational vs. Skinnerian operants
- Foundational concepts about relational framing: mutual entailment, combinatorial entailment, transformation of stimulus function, derived relational responding
- Operational definitions of the psychological flexibility processes
- ACT exercises designed to bring you into experiential contact with the psychological flexibility processes
MODULE 3 (113 minutes)
- The level of language skills that a client needs in order to benefit from ACT, and how to assess the client’s skill level
- How the ACT pillars match items on the BACB task list
- Behavioral definition of present moment; the goals of working in this process; how to assess a client’s flexibility/inflexibility in this process; functional analysis and treatment planning examples; applying interventions in this process
- Present moment clinical demonstrations
- The benefits of present moment exercises on staff engagement with clients
MODULE 4 (124 minutes)
- Behavioral definitions of acceptance and defusion
- The goals of working in these processes and how to assess a client’s flexibility/inflexibility; functional analysis and treatment planning examples; applying acceptance and defusion interventions
- Acceptance and defusion clinical demonstrations
- How ACT could be used to change behavior of people with chronic health conditions, in sports psychology, and in addiction treatment
MODULE 5 (133 minutes)
- Behavioral definitions of values and committed action
- The goals of working in these processes and how to assess a client’s flexibility/inflexibility; functional analysis and treatment planning examples; applying values and committed action interventions
- Values clinical demonstrations
- How applying ACT in the workplace and boosting staff’s psychological flexibility reduces burnout, stress, illness, conflict; improves client outcomes; supports diversity, equity, and inclusion
- How ACT could be used at a community level to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles and look after the environment, and for cultural change in schools and community groups
MODULE 6 (100 minutes)
- Behavioral definition of self-as-context
- The goals of working in this process; how to assess a client’s flexibility/inflexibility in this process; functional analysis and treatment planning examples; applying interventions in this process
- Self-as-context clinical demonstrations
- Scope of practice and scope of competency
- How to use ACT for your own self-care as a working behavior analyst
- How to use ACT to improve your supervision of other staff
MODULE 7 (122 minutes)
- Foundational concepts of an ACT functional analysis
- Methods of conducting functional assessment before meeting the client and after meeting the client
- How to create a functional analysis and report based on your assessments
- How to word your report in a way that ACT interventions will be covered by insurance
- Case studies presented by BCBAs
MODULE 8 (126 minutes)
- Foundational concepts of ACT treatment planning
- General pointers about implementing ACT in treatment sessions
- The elements and steps of an ACT session
- The importance of person-centered interventions
- How to measure progress and behavior change over time, and what to do if a client gets stuck
- Future vistas for ACT and how it may be integrated further into ABA practice
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the historical trace from the early writings of Skinner, through the rule-governed behavior research and conceptualizations of language, to the contemporary account of relational frame theory as an explanation for human language and cognition
- Describe the empirical and conceptual limits of behavioral theories of verbal behavior and how relational framing handled them
- Explain the rationale for adopting psychological flexibility as a primary treatment focus in clients with sufficient verbal ability
- Describe the six primary flexibility processes and explain them in behavioral terms
- Give an example of how to create an expanded form of functional analysis using the ACT model as a basis
- Describe how to know which areas of this functional analysis to target most effectively on a client-by-client basis
- Explain how the ACT model can be used in a way that is consistent with the scope of ABA practice
- Describe how to do assessment, analysis, and intervention for each of the six psychological flexibility processes in a way that is consistent with ABA practice
- Discuss the role of ongoing assessment, documenting client progress, and how to evaluate indirect and direct measures of behavior change
- Describe the broad applicability of ACT across many different areas of ABA practice
- Explain the benefits and importance of integrating ACT with more traditional ABA approaches
- Describe the importance of the individualized approach ACT takes and how this fits with the best of the behavior analytic tradition
- Describe future vistas for ACT and how it may be integrated further into ABA practice as the field evolves
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CE Course Launch Date: 2/2023
Expiration Date/Next scheduled review date: 2/2026
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How to Obtain Your CE Certificate:
After completing the course, please follow these steps to access your course evaluation, post-test (when applicable), and CE certificate. To receive credit, you must complete the course in full, pass the post-tests with an average score of 80% or higher, and complete the course evaluation. No partial credit will be awarded. Please read through all of the instructions below before proceeding.
- Once you have completed all the modules and have taken the post-test for each module, go to the “Evaluation” tab on the course menu.
- If you have passed the post-tests with a cumulative average score of 80% or higher, the course feedback evaluation will be made available to you on the Evaluation page. You will be allowed to retake each post-test only once if you do not pass with an 80% or higher average.
- After submitting the feedback evaluation, a button will appear that will allow you to download your certificate.
We encourage members to submit the feedback evaluation within 6 months of course completion to earn their CE certificate.
In order to complete this course, attendees will need:
- A computer with a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse or a mobile device/tablet
- Speakers/headphones: either built‐in to your computer/device or external (plugged into your computer)
- An internet connection, either wired or wireless. A minimum connection speed of 3 megabits is required to stream clear, standard definition video.
- The course is supported on most up to date internet browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Brave, etc.)
- A PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
- An email address
- Access to a printer (to print PDFs of exercises)
- [Optional] A Facebook account for access to the ACT Foundations for Behavior Analysts community group
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2) Hayes, S. C. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy: towards a unified model of behavior change. World psychiatry, 18(2), 226.
3) Stockton, D., Kellett, S., Berrios, R., Sirois, F., Wilkinson, N., & Miles, G. (2019). Identifying the underlying mechanisms of change during Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A systematic review of contemporary mediation studies. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 47(3), 332–362. doi:10.1017/S1352465818000553
4) Schlinger Jr, H. D. (2017). The importance of analysis in applied behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 17(4), 334.