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Ninth Annual Autism Conference; Las Vegas, NV; 2015

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Workshop #W2
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Provide Parental Support
Friday, January 23, 2015
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Basic Research
CE Instructor: Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.
STEVEN C. HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Steven C. Hayes is the Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of more than 35 books and over 500 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. Dr. Hayes has been president of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first secretary-treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form, and served a five-year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. In 1992, he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th "highest impact" psychologist in the world. His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Description: Behavior analysis has a vast database for parental interventions focused on developmental disabilities, but has focused less on how to motivate and support parents in applying these interventions and in dealing with the psychological challenges of dealing with children with special needs. This workshop will describe relevant core methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which can be used to provide parental support. ACT is a contextual behavioral method that draws from a variety of behavioral and other approaches, integrated in an analysis based on behavioral principles as augmented by Relational Frame Theory. The workshop will explain the underlying theory behind ACT and will provide concrete examples of ACT methods that are known to be helpful, including methods in areas such as acceptance of difficult feelings, defusion from difficult thoughts, perspective taking, choosing values, and creating patterns of committed action.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) describe the six core processes that make up psychological flexibility; (2) provide behavioral explanations for at least two flexibility processes; and (3) demonstrate at least three methods designed to increase psychological flexibility.
Activities: Forthcoming
Audience: Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, and graduate students.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): acceptance, commitment, parental support

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