Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W78
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
RFT 101: An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory
Saturday, May 27, 2006
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D.
DANIEL J. MORAN (MidAmerican Psychological Institute), PATRICIA BACH (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Description: Arbitrarily applied what? Derived relational who? If you started learning about Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and then stopped when you read: Crel {ArxB and BrxC}, or have just been interested in learning the basics of RFT, this is the introductory workshop for you. This workshop will outline and explain the basic concepts of RFT and help the audience members understand an expanded functional approach to verbal behavior. We will discuss, from a behavior analytic point of view, how people can listen with understanding and speak with meaning. The workshop will simplify functional contextualism principles and discuss the basic RFT research methods and results in a manner that will help people who are new to RFT to begin applying the concepts to their own behavior analytic endeavors. We plan to make clear the core assumptions of functional contextual behavior analysis and how they apply to discussing language and cognition. We aim to not let your eyes glaze over as we discuss transformation of stimulus functions, generalized operants, and the different types of derived relating. Most importantly, we plan to help everyone have an enjoyable time while framing events relationally about RFT.
Learning Objectives: 1) Workshop attendees will be able to list and describe six basic principles of functional contextualism, and also contrast those principles from mainstream psychology principles. 2) Attendees will be able to compare and contrast conditioned discrimination and derived relational responding, in research contexts and in daily use. 3) Attendees will be able to define arbitrary applicable relational responding, along with mutual entailment and combinatorial entailment. 4) Attendees will be able to define �relational frame� in behavior analytic terms, and give 6 examples of relational frames. 5) Attendees will be able to describe transformation of stimulus functions regarding relational frames. 6) Attendees will be able to explain an expanded view of �verbal behavior� using RFT principles. 7) Attendees will generate examples of how to apply RFT principles to their own research or application questions.
Activities: The workshop will be guided by an animated slide show and will be punctuated with audience participation, and small group participation. Slide show handouts will be distributed as well as files for RFT SAFMEDS cards.
Audience: This workshop is for behavior analysts with limited exposure to Relational Frame Theory. Because we will focus on the fundamentals of RFT, all specializations in behavior analysis will be discussed (AUT, OBM, CBA, etc.), and practitioners interested in teaching verbal skills to individuals will certainly find this workshop valuable.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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