Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W14
CE Offered: None
Values, Defusion, and Mindfulness in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D.
KELLY G. WILSON (University of Mississippi), LAURA ELY (University of Mississippi)
Description: Behavioral treatments often expose clients to extraordinary distress. Symptom reduction, as a goal of treatment, may not be a sufficiently potent reinforcer to cause a sufferer to bear the pain of this exposure. An explicit focus on the larger why of treatment can both direct and dignify treatment. The focus of this workshop will be on practice. Two major categories of interventions will be described. First, we will introduce a variety of values-centered interventions. A new instrument for assessment and generation of values-driven exposure and behavioral activation will be introduced. Second, we will introduce a variety of defusion strategies and we will examine the relationship between defusion, exposure and mindfulness and how they can be used to facilitate values-centered clinical work. Case examples will be used to illustrate the use of these interventions. Although the core of the values work presented in the workshop are components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, suggestions for the systematic integration of values into other cognitive-behavioral treatments will be made.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Administer and score the Values Assessment Instrument to reveal discrepancies in valued life domains. Use the Values Assessment Instrument to generate therapy targets. Use the values interventions to create a powerful therapeutic relationship. Harness behavioral activation and exposure-based interventions to core valued domains. Harness behavioral activation and exposure-based interventions to specific values interventions.
Activities: Activities include lecture and experiential exercises.
Audience: Students, mental health professionals, clinical supervisors, and treatment researchers.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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