Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: BACB
Recent Developments in Relational Frame Theory: Implications for Clinical Behavior Analysis
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Swissôtel, Concourse Level, Zurich F
Area: VRB/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D.
DERMOT BARNES-HOLMES (Ghent University), YVONNE BARNES-HOLMES (Ghent University), CIARA MCENTEGGART (Ghent University)
Description: The workshop emerges from what is currently the largest single grant awarded for RFT-focused research. The overarching aim of the workshop will be to build and strengthen the much-needed links between basic experimental models of human psychological suffering and their treatment, on the one hand, and the theoretical and conceptual analyses that are emerging from mindfulness-based cognitive-behaviour therapies, such as ACT, on the other hand. The workshop will be divided into 3 parts. Part 1 will involve an introduction to RFT, focusing on its basic concepts and how it provides a bottom-up account of human language and cognition, with a particular focus on how it explains human psychological suffering. Part 2 will examine “cutting-edge” developments in RFT, focusing on the Hyper-Dimensional Multi-Level (HDML) framework for analyzing the dynamics of arbitrarily applicable relational responding (AARR). Part 3 will illustrate how RFT, and in particular the HDML framework, may be used to facilitate links between basic experimental models of human psychological suffering and their treatment in Clinical Behavior Analysis.
Learning Objectives: • Attendees will be able to list and explain the basic concepts in RFT, and to give examples of how RFT has been used to help explain particular instances of human psychological suffering. • Attendees will be able to describe “cutting-edge” developments in RFT, especially the Hyper-Dimensional Multi-Level (HDML) framework. • Attendees will be able to provide examples of how RFT and the HDML framework can help in the behavioral assessment and treatment of psychological suffering.
Activities: Lecture, discussion, small group breakout
Audience: The target audience will have basic training in behavior analysis
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): RFT



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