Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #70
Professional Development Series: An Introduction to Clinical Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 29, 2010
3:30 PM–4:50 PM
214A (CC)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Jordan T. Bonow (University of Nevada, Reno)
MICHAEL J. DOUGHER (University of New Mexico)
WILLIAM C. FOLLETTE (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROBERT J. KOHLENBERG (University of Washington)
KURT SALZINGER (Hofstra University)
Abstract: Dougher and Hayes (1999) defined clinical behavior analysis (CBA) as “the application of the assumptions, principles, and methods of modern functional contextual behavior analysis to ‘traditional clinical issues’” (p. 11). With beginnings in the writings of Skinner, Ferster, and Krasner, CBA has particularly flourished over the last 20 years. Multiple therapeutic modalities have been developed within the CBA approach, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Behavioral Activation (BA). Furthermore, numerous publications in a variety of settings have expounded and promoted CBA. These have included many books (e.g., Dougher, 1999; Ramnero & Torneke, 2008), two special issues of The Behavior Analyst (1993, 2009), and a large number of articles in other journals. Nevertheless, many behavior analysts are not well-versed in CBA, and CBA has had a relatively marginal impact on the field of clinical psychology. This PDS is designed to generate further interest in CBA so that CBA can benefit from increased dialogue and contact with the broader field of behavior analysis. The panelists will provide an overview of CBA, addressing topics such as the history of CBA, its methods and applications, and ways to further advance the practice of behavior analysis in traditional clinical settings.



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