ACBS Worldcon in Seville

Pre-conference has just completed at ACBS WorldCon in Seville, Spain. For the last two days, the leading thinkers in contextual behavioral science have led experiential workshops on the compassionate mind, functional analytic psychotherapy, process-based therapy, language in psychotherapy, and much more.

How do we motivate young people to grow and develop? We know that criticizing them usually isn’t motivating, but what about encouraging them to believe they have talent?​​ Youth psychologist, Louise Hayes, PhD, explains research findings that caution against the praise of talent and offers other forms of effective encouragement.

The key idea in using compassion focused therapy (CFT) is to train our minds to focus on compassion and to activate compassionate ways of responding in order to better regulate our feelings. By doing so, we stimulate specific biological systems in our brains designed to calm down the threat-detection system.​

What nagged at me most was that discussions of evidence-based practice usually positioned science as the royal road to discovering the world as it really is. I wasn’t sure how this fit with the social work value of respecting multiple ways of knowing, especially cultural and spiritual ways. Things changed when I saw Steven C. Hayes give a talk on acceptance and commitment therapy.

Many trauma survivors struggle with forgiveness and what it means. Trauma and PTSD experts Robyn Walser, PhD, and Darrah Westrup, PhD, share their insight on the sensitive topic.

Kelly Wilson, PhD, speaks with Kal Kseib from The Psychologist magazine about his rough n' tumble past, his personal search for meaning, and the importance of small opportunities for change.

To give a very complicated question a simple answer, gender is both (1) how you express masculinity, femininity, or for most people, some mix of the two and (2) how your identity, or sense of self, relates to masculinity and femininity.

ACT co-founder, Steven Hayes, PhD, speaks to Kal Kseib from The Psychologist magazine about the possibility inside of pain, his words of advice for new clinicians, and the future of evidence-based psychology.

If you’re lucky, your new client will offer up some values-guided treatment goals. However, many clients will initially give you “emotional goals,” “dead person’s goals,” or “insight goals.” Let’s take a look at each of these.

By Tom Szabo, PhD, BCBA-D

Without the ACT toolkit, I probably would not have accepted this case. But since I was skilled at using ACT, I decided to give it a try. I modified the ACT model into a three-word mantra. This is just a single, clinical case, but it's a nice illustration of how ACT elements worked with one kid with high functioning autism.


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