Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W19
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Radical Behaviorism and the Counseling Process: Constructional Bones, Solution-Focused Flesh
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
4L (4th floor)
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jack Keith Williams, Ph.D.
JACK KEITH WILLIAMS (University of Waterloo)
Description: This workshop has been continually revised 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 and/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 explore 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 viewpoint, the relationship to counseling/psychotherapeutic practices and strategies, a description of the basic components of a constructional approach, illustrations of these components(including video, and exercises to facilitate acquisition of these skills and perspective (with take-home material to facilitate continued practice).
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will understand: - Basic aspects of radical behavioral conceptual analysis and their relationship to counselling approaches. - The importance and usefulness of maintaining a radical-behavioral semantic framework and eschewing creeping/tempting mentalistic cognitivism. - The importance of working within a goal-directed framework as opposed to a traditional categorical diagnostic system. - The basic outlook and repertoire of constructional/solution-focused skills. - How these skills reflect a different perspective on client situations than do other approaches. - The skills in use and as they have been used in client situations. - Trial and practice of constructional skills to enable participants to begin developing a constructional repertoire. - Timing and choice of skills in client situations.
Activities: Teaching activities include: presentation of conceptual and practical material, self-testing of the acquisition of this material, illustration of the skills and their application, practice in using basic constructional skills via exercises and role-play, discussion of participants� application questions.
Audience: Practitioners, prospective practitioners, and others who see the world from a radical behavioral perspective and wish to develop counseling practices consistent with this perspective.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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