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Abu Dhabi, UAE Dissemination Activities 2021

Melody Sylvain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Could you please tell us a little about you and your background?
I am a BCBA and have 11 years of experience in the field. My clinical interests include strengthening psychological flexibility and working with children & adolescents on the autism spectrum.

How did you become interested in CBS?
ACT and RFT have been wonderful in terms of the contribution to my skills and knowledge as a professional. I believe that it is very important for behavior analysts to be more and more concerned with the application of ACT within our work.

Could you tell us about your research and application interests?
Adolescents and young adults with autism, conducting ACT functional analyses, supporting parents of individuals with autism, and using ACT in supervisory and mentoring relationships.

Could you tell us about your experience at the World Conference this year?
It was phenomenal. I learned a great deal and truly enjoyed presentations from Emily Sandoz, Tom Szabo, and Evelyn Gould. 

Was there anything that stood out to you about the CBS community?
I enjoy the fact that the majority of the CBS community is open, vulnerable and exemplifies what it looks like to apply behavioral science to their own lives. I would like to see more diversity and representation among the
speakers and more people of color at the next conference. 

What did you take back from your experience that has been helpful to you?
Clinical applications particularly from the interbehaviorism perspective. 

Do you have anything else that you would like to share with the community?
No. Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend. I have truly enjoyed it.

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