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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #500
The Behavior of Acceptance: Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Play a Role in Traditional Behavior Analysis?
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
W187c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: PRA/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Sunni Primeaux (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
JUSTIN JAMES DAIGLE (Therapy Center of Acadiana)
THOMAS G. SZABO (Easter Seals Southern California)
STEVEN GORDON (Behavior Therapy Associates)

Although Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) promotes itself as being a type of clinical behavior analysis and as having its origins in behavior analysis, many professionals are skeptical of this or are unsure how to incorporate ACT in their traditional behavior analysis practices. A common concern amongst Behavior Analysts is how to know when doing work from an ACT perspective if one is operating within the scope of their practice. Are there certain aspects of ACT that should be left to psychotherapy? Can Behavior Analysts do therapy or is what they are doing better referred to as training? Can Behavior Analysts better serve the populations they work with by incorporating particular aspects of ACT but excluding others? This panel will consist of a range of professionals with varying opinions on this issue. The goal of this panel is to facilitate a discussion that will include the pros and cons of each position in hopes to gain insight and answers into these very common questions.

Keyword(s): ABA, ACT



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