Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W25
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Radical Behaviourism and the Counseling Process: Constructional Bones, Solution-Focused Flesh
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Johnny Williams, Ph.D.
JOHNNY WILLIAMS (University of Waterloo)
Description: This workshop has been created to reflect the emergence of methods that are consistent with a goal-directed, competency-oriented approach to counseling/psychotherapy. Elements of a radical behavioral viewpoint will be related to practices, strategies, and concepts involved in helping others. The aim is to help provide attendees who are interested in or familiar with radical behaviorism with the ability to begin using this perspective when working with clients. It will also be of interest to those with a counseling background who wish to know how counseling approaches are related to a radical behavioral perspective. The workshop will consist of five components: a review of pertinent features of a radical behavioral perspective, the relationship to counseling/psychotherapeutic practices and strategies, a description of the basic components of a constructional approach, illustrations of these components, and exercises to facilitate acquisition of this perspective and these skills (with take-home material to facilitate continued practice).
Learning Objectives: 1. Basic aspects of a radical behavioral analysis and their relationship to counseling approaches. 2. The importance and usefulness of maintaining a radical behavioral semantic framework and eschewing creeping/tempting mentalistic cognitivism. 3. The importance of working within a goal-directed framework as opposed to a traditional categorical diagnostic system. 4. The basic outlook and repertoire of constructional/solution-focused skills. 5. How these skills reflect a different perspective on client situations than do other approaches. 6. The skills in use and as they have been used in client situations. 7. Trial and practice of constructional skills so participants can begin developing a constructional repertoire. 8. The timing and use of skills in client situations.
Activities: Teaching activities include: presentation of conceptual and practical material, self-testing of the acquisition of this material, video illustration of the skills and their application, practice in using basic constructional skills via exercises and role play, and discussion of participants� application questions.
Audience: Practitioners, prospective practitioners, and others who see the world from a radical behavioral viewpoint and wish to expand their counseling repertoire with practices consistent with this perspective.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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