Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: BACB
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Case Conceptualization and Treatment Applications
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/TPC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Guy Bruce, Ed.D.
DANIEL J. MORAN (Trinity Services, Inc.), PATRICIA BACH (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Description: This workshop will provide a step-by-step framework for functionally conceptualizing client behavior problems, and will discuss selection and application of specific acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) interventions. The workshop will also help attendees develop their own ACT consistent interventions, exercises, and metaphors. Process and outcome measures will be discussed. The workshop will also discuss first order and second order therapeutic approaches, and help the attendees discriminate when to use the appropriate therapeutic intervention. This workshop will be based on content from the publication "ACT in Practice: Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (Bach & Moran, 2008, New Harbinger).
Learning Objectives: This workshop will have the following objectives: 1. Workshop participants will become familiar with the six core ACT principles of defusion, self-as-context, acceptance, values, committed action, and contacting the present moment, which will be described from a strict behavior analytic perspective. 2. Workshop participants will be able to select ACT interventions appropriate for addressing specific core principles. 3. Workshop participants will learn how to apply specific ACT interventions based on the case formulation. 4. Workshop participants will learn to use ACT case conceptualization to facilitate creating one’s own ACT consistent metaphors, exercises, and interventions for application in the context of a client’s unique history and presenting complaints.
Activities: The workshop will use a case-based approach beginning with instructor supplied cases and later using participants’ clinical cases for practice in ACT case formulation, selecting interventions, and assessing the effectiveness of interventions and outcomes. There will be a 60 minute slide presentation, demonstrations, large group exercises, and case-based practice. Participants will be provided with handouts to use with their clients for assessment and homework assignments to augment in-session interventions.
Audience: This workshop is suitable to clinicians with little exposure to ACT who would like to learn how to apply it broadly. It is also suitable for participants who have attended ACT experiential workshops and would like to improve their skill in functional contextual case formulation and deciding when to apply specific ACT interventions.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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