Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W42
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Treatment of Chronic Pain with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.
JOANNE DAHL (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
Description: This is an experiential workshop that focuses on the theory, research and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third wave behavior therapy approach to the analysis and treatment of individuals who are trapped in chronic pain/stress symptoms and subsequent avoidance behaviors. A powerful model of intervention for treatment of chronic pain that can be used for individuals or groups will be presented. Hands on exercises will be demonstrated and practiced. Topics covered will include: Basic analysis and ACT principles of treatment for chronic pain Conceptualization on new ways of approaching the problem The hexaflex Dramatization of the complex process of establishing chronic pain life patterns. Role play of the first session: values life compass, creative helplessness. Exercises in pairs: life compass, creative hopelessness, commitment. Group exercises: o Being present in the here and now: mindfulness exercise, the observer self o showing the ACT principles Values: Funeral exercise o Defusion: Bus metaphor o Defusion: Chess board o Defusion: Joe the Bum o Commitment: taking valued steps
Learning Objectives: 1) The main objective of this workshop is to illustrate the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the field of chronic pain/stress as an effective alternative to the traditional medical model approach to chronic illness. 2) To practise functional conceptualization of chronic pain using the ACT model 3) To practice the components of ACT: values, defusion, exposure, mindfullness and comittment in the application of chronic pain. 4) To experience through experiential exercises how to do and use ACT skills in the form of dramatisation of ACT components for use in groups of clients with chronic pain.
Activities: Workshop activities will include: role play, experiential exercises, written exercises, group activities in the form of dramatisation of metaphors. Theortical model for ACT in the treatment of chronic pain will be presented in the form of a lecture.
Audience: Anyone working with clients with chronic pain
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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