Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Special Event #467
International Paper - 2006 ABA Tutorial: Making the World A Better PlaceContext by Context and Frame by Frame
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Centennial Ballroom I
Area: CSE
Chair: Maria R. Ruiz (Rollins College)
International Paper - 2006 ABA Tutorial: Making the World A Better Place…Context by Context and Frame by Frame
Abstract: Relational Frame Theory is a modern functional-analytic theory of human language, cognition and complex behavior more generally. The theory has generated an impressive body of research within the behavioral field over the past decade and has considerably advanced the behavioral analysis of a range of clinical and social issues that previously received only sparse attention from behavior analysts. In this tutorial, an outline of Relational Frame Theory and the contextualistic world view within which it has evolved will be provided for the novice researcher in a series of interactive exercises. The application of Relational Frame Theory to understanding a range of social issues, including human sexual behavior and prejudice will then be outlined. Finally, derived relations interventions for social problems suggested by current research will be considered.
BRYAN T. ROCHE (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Dr. Bryan Roche completed his doctorate in 1995, and went on to teach at the University of Bath, England and University College Cork, Ireland, before taking up his current position at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Dr. Roche has been an active researcher in the field of Relational Frame Theory, having published over 60 research papers and delivering over 100 public presentations on the topic. He is the co-author of Relational Frame Theory: A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition with Steven C. Hayes and Dermot Barnes-Holmes and has contributed to several other books outlining the application of RFT to the analysis of a wide variety of clinical and social issues, in particular human sexuality and attitude formation, change and assessment. Dr. Roche is a regular reviewer for behavior analytic journals and sits on the editorial board of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. He is currently investigating the application of Relational Frame models of a wide range of behaviors and assessment tools in a series of nationally and internationally funded research projects



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