Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W10
CE Offered: None
Relational Frame Theory: Implications for Clinical Behavior Analysis
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Liberty C
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ed.D.
DERMOT BARNES-HOLMES (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), YVONNE BARNES-HOLMES (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), JOHN TANNER BLACKLEDGE (University of Nevada, Reno)
Description: Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a modern behavior-analytic approach to the study of human language and cognition. The workshop will focus on the main concepts of RFT and how they are currently being used to develop conceptual and empirical analyses of areas such as symbolic meaning, analogy and metaphor, problem solving, rule-governance, and perspective-taking. The workshop will also explore how RFT may be used to guide and inform research in clinical psychology, and experimental psychopathology in particular. The first part of the workshop will involve defining, and explaining the core concepts of RFT, focusing in particular on the operant nature of the theory. The second part of the workshop will explore some recent examples of how RFT has been employed in research in experimental psychopathology. The third and final part will consider possible future directions for RFT research in clinical psychology.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Understand and appreciate the key analytic concepts of RFT. Appreciate the fundamentally operant nature of RFT. Understand how RFT defines and approaches the study of meaning, reasoning, problem solving rule-governance, and perspective-taking. Understand and begin to apply RFT concepts, methods, and findings in clinical behavior analysis. Appreciate the scope and potential for future RFT research in experimental psychopathology.
Activities: Activities will include didactic instruction, paper and pencil exercises, and question and answer sessions.
Audience: Behavior analysts working in academic and clinical psychology settings with an interest in human language and cognition. A basic understanding of the methods and concepts employed in the experimental analysis of human behavior will be assumed.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate

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