Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W6
CE Offered: BACB
RFT 101: An Introduction to Relational Frame Theory
Friday, May 28, 2010
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Lone Star Ballroom Salon E (Grand Hyatt)
Area: VRB/TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Erin Richard, M.A.
DANIEL J. MORAN (Trinity Services, Inc.), PATRICIA BACH (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Description: Arbitrarily applied what? Derived relational who? If you started learning about relational frame theory (RFT) and then stopped when you read Crel {ArxB and BrxC…}, or have just been interested in learning the basics of RFT, this is the introductory workshop for you. This workshop will outline and explain the basic concepts of RFT and help the audience members understand an expanded functional approach to verbal behavior. We will discuss, from a behavior analytic point of view, how people can listen with understanding and speak with meaning. The workshop will simplify functional contextualism principles and discuss basic RFT research methods and results in a manner that will help people new to RFT begin applying the concepts to their own behavior analytic endeavors. The workshop will clarify the core assumptions of functional contextual behavior analysis and how they apply to discussing language and cognition. Future directions for improving language acquisition and treating autism will also be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions: 1. What is arbitrary applicable relational responding? 2. What are the fundamental assumptions of modern functional contextual behavior analysis compared to mainstream psychology’s fundamental assumptions? 3. What occurs with transformation of stimulus functions?
Activities: The workshop will be guided by an animated slide show and will be punctuated with audience and small group participation. Slide show handouts will be available as well.
Audience: Beginners, clinicians, and researchers.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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