Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W58
CE Offered: None
Educational Applications of Relational Frame Theory
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Back Bay A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Ian T. Stewart, Ed.D.
IAN T. STEWART (National University of Ireland, Galway), JOHN D. MCELWEE (Private Consultant)
Description: Relational Frame Theory is a modern behaviour analytic approach to human language and cognition. One important domain of human concern obviously relevant to human language and cognition and therefore eminently suitable for the application of RFT is education. The purpose of the present workshop is to briefly lay out the RFT approach, to explain some relevant experimental findings generated by this approach, and to discuss how these empirical findings might be applied in the educational arena, particularly in special educational interventions such as Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. The first part of the workshop will involve defining and explaining the core concepts of RFT. The latter part of the workshop will explore how these core concepts and the basic research that has arisen from them, may be brought to bear in educational and special educational settings.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Understand the key theoretical concepts of RFT. Understand several of the areas of the RFT empirical research program that are relevant to education. Understand core principles of RFT as they apply in the educational arena. Apply RFT concepts, methods and findings in the educational arena.
Activities: Activities include didactic instruction, small group work and brief written exercises.
Audience: The audience will be those interested in applying modern behavioural principles in the educational arena, particularly in areas of special education such as EIBI (Early Intensive Behavior Intervention). A basic understanding of the methods and concepts employed in the experimental analysis of human behaviour will be assumed.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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