As an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practitioner, what keeps you awake at night? If you are like me, you worry about client progress and whether you can help a particular family. You worry about confrontational parents, grandparents that are sabotaging your plans, and contentious IEP meetings. You worry about staff faced with severe aggression and self-injury and your ability to support them.You imagine the pain parents are going through as they watch their child struggle to learn basic skills, and grieve the loss of the life they thought they would have. And you worry about the reports you need to write, and how you are going to manage everything, and still do a good job… I would assume that almost anyone would agree what we do is difficult.
ABA practitioners are tasked with changing behavior that is generally creating huge problems for an individual and those around them.
For nearly 50 years, intervention science has pursued the dream of establishing evidence-based therapy by testing technological protocols for syndromes in randomized controlled trials. Many clinicians do not yet realize it, that era is ending.
Many evidence-based therapies focus on teaching clients to use coping skills that will help them in moments of emotional distress. In spite of the large number of people who struggle with emotion-regulation issues, most therapies tend not to focus on the component of treatment that teaches clients to respond to emotional challenges while in a triggered state.
Authors: Jonathan W. Kanter, PhD Ajeng Puspitassari, MA Maria Santos, MA Gabriela Nagy, BA
Social work is grounded in the values of service, social justice, integrity, and competence, and is committed to promoting the dignity and worth of individuals and human relationships (National Association of Social Workers, 1999; Reamer, 2006).
You’re a mental health professional who has had some interaction with acceptance and commitment therapy, whether you’re an experienced ACT practitioner or you’ve only just heard of ACT, and you want to learn how to get started. Maybe you’ve read ACT books and are craving hands-on training. So, how do you know which ACT training is right for you?