ACBS World Conference 2024

ACBS World Conference 2024

Register your interest and get email updates. We hope to see you there!

Featuring:

Michael Muthukrishna Associate Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics

Deisy das Graças de Souza Department of Psychology at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos

Steven C. Hayes Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Nevada

Registration

Now open! Early registration rates available through 2 May.

Intensive, Experiential Workshops

In-Person, pre-conference intensive workshops: 23-24 July 2024

  • Functional Analytical Psychotherapy (FAP) with Mavis Tsai
  • ACT for Trauma with Robyn Walser
  • Language and Applied Behavior Analysis with Nanni Presti and Sarah Cassidy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with Dennis Tirch
  • Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) with Kirk Strosahl
  • DNA-V with children and adolescents with Louise Hayes
  • Process-Based Therapy and Technology with Maria Karekla, Andrew Gloster, and Steve Hayes

Submissions

Chapter & SIG meeting reservations - open

admin

2024 Conference Registration

2024 Conference Registration

 

*(consider joining ACBS and register as a member)

Conference Rates (25-28 July 2024)
25-28 JulyTier 1 RegistrationTier 2 & 3 Registration
Professional$589 USD$349 USD
Student$349 USD$339 USD
Professional, Non-Member$639 USD$379 USD
Student, Non-Member$379 USD$369 USD
  • All rates will increase by $30 from 3 May - 13 June. After 13 June, all rates will increase by $80.
  • Discounted rates are available for professionals in Emerging Economy nations (Tiers 2 & 3 here).  
  • Prices above include access to all sessions presented 25-28 July, three lunches, AM and PM coffee/tea breaks on site, and a general certificate of attendance.
  • Ability to earn CEs for different disciplines, as available.
  • PayPal payment option available.  Payment through multiple installments available at $5 USD additional per payment (after the first payment). 
  • Argentina residents have the ability to pay via a virtual wallet (1% fee for transaction), PayPal, or credit card to foreign vendor.
  • Brazil residents have the ability to pay via PIX (7.49% fee for transaction), PayPal, or credit card to foreign vendor. 

Pre-Conference Workshop Rates
(23-24 July 2024)
23-24 JulyTier 1 RegistrationTier 2 & 3 Registration
Professional$329 USD$219 USD
Student$219 USD$209 USD
Professional, Non-Member$369 USD$249 USD
Student, Non-Member$249 USD$239 USD
 
Please Note:
  • Additional fees are required for certificates that track the number of hours you attended ($25 USD) and CE credits ($75 USD). These fees cover all eligible sessions from 23-28 July. You only need to pay the fee once to earn a certificate for all events you attend.
  • All rates in US Dollars.
  • To register via Mail or Fax, or pay via PayPal, please use the Printable Version: DOC or PDF
  • Formulario de registro en español disponible aquí: DOC o PDF.
  • 1-day conference, in-person registration is available at varying rates per day (coming soon).
  • We apologize that we may not be able to accommodate special meal requests (gluten free, vegan, allergies, etc.) for registrations received after 21 June 2024.
  • Guest tickets to evening events will be available closer to the date of the conference (tbd).
  • NEED HELP? If you're having trouble registering, please email staff@contextualscience.org

Member Rate Qualification

  • Registration rates apply as you register. Subsequent memberships do not qualify those already registered for a refund of the difference between the member and non-member rates. The same is true for students, or other similar status and discounts, unless a full cancellation and refund are issued, and prevailing rates apply.
  • Affiliate members (or non-members who are not professionals or students) may register at the professional rate. If you are currently receiving mental health care we encourage you to talk to your provider about the utility of this conference for you, prior to registering.
  • Student Registration/Membership is available to individuals who are enrolled in a program of study leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, are interns, or are postdoctoral candidates. Postdoctoral candidates qualify for Student Registration for up to 2 years, with proof of status from their employer. After this time, they need to register as a Professional. Note: Those registering for the conference as a student are ineligible to earn any kind of CE credits.

Group Registration Discount

There is an available discount of 10% for registrant groups of 5 or more from the same business, who pay in one bank transfer or one credit card payment. This discount is valid only for Professional Member or Professional Non-Member rates for those from Tier 1 countries. (Other categories are not eligible, due to already discounted pricing.) 10% discount is valid for In-Person Conference or In-Person Pre-Conference Workshops only. (Certificates, CEs, 1-day registrations, etc., do not qualify for discounts.) Offer valid on registrations made by 22 June 2024. The discount is not applicable to anyone registering as a student, or Tier 2 or 3 registrations. Group discounts may not be combined with any other discount.

Refunds

Cancellation of Pre-conference and/or World Conference registration must be submitted in writing via email and must be dated on or before 4:00 p.m. local Argentina time zone, on 21 June 2024 to support@contextualscience.org to receive a refund minus a $50 USD registration cancellation processing fee.

We regret that after 21 June, refunds cannot be made, however we will allow a substitute registrant (they can receive access and a certificate in their name). If you need to make a substitution, please contact us via email. (Note: Shared registrations are not permissible... meaning that you can't attend one day and your colleague the next, etc.)

No refunds will be granted for no-shows.

Photographs/Video:
ACBS intends to take photographs and video of this event for use in ACBS newsletters and promotional material, in print, electronic and other media, including the ACBS website and social media accounts. By participating in this event, I grant ACBS the right to use any image, photograph, voice or likeness, without limitation, in its promotional materials and publicity efforts without compensation. All media become the property of ACBS. Media may be displayed, distributed or used by ACBS for any purpose.

Attendees of the World Conference or Pre-Conference Workshops are not permitted to audio or video-record sessions without the express written permission of ACBS.

If you have any concerns regarding the media policy, please feel free to contact us.

Waiver of Liability:
As a condition of my participation in this meeting or event, I hereby waive any claim I may have against the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and its officers, directors, employees, or agents, or against the presenters or speakers, for reliance on any information presented and release ACBS from and against any and all liability for damage or injury that may arise from my participation or attendance at the program. I further understand and agree that all property rights in the material presented, including common law copyright, are expressly reserved to the presenter or speaker or to ACBS. I acknowledge that participation in ACBS events and activities brings some risk and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being. If another individual participates in my place per ACBS transfer policy, the new registrant agrees to this disclaimer and waiver by default of transfer.

ACBS staff

Registration Tiers 2024

Registration Tiers 2024

Registration Tiers are based on your country of residence.

Find your tier below (1, 2, 3)

Tier 1:

Andorra
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Brunei Darussalam
Canada
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Guam
Hong Kong SAR, China
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea, Rep.
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao SAR, China
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Portugal
Puerto Rico
San Marino
Scotland
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
St. Martin
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan, China
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
United States
Virgin Islands (U.S.)

 


Tier 2:

Albania
American Samoa
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea
Fiji
Gabon
Georgia
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Hungary
Iraq
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kuwait
Libya
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Montenegro
Namibia
Nauru
North Macedonia
Oman
Palau
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Seychelles
South Africa
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Türkiye
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB

 

 


Tier 3:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Cote d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran, Islamic Rep.
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao PDR
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Rwanda
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
West Bank and Gaza
Yemen, Rep.
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

 

Tier 1 determined using IMF classifications, Tiers 2 & 3 delineated using World Bank Country and Lending Groups data.

admin

CE Credits

CE Credits

Type of Credit Available:

  • CE credit for psychologists

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • ACBS will be applying for CEs for BCBAs

 

Certificate with Number of Hours Attended

As an alternative to a CE certificate, some credentialing agencies (please check with yours) may accept a certificate with the number of hours attended. This requires that an individual verifies their attendance by signing in and out of each session that they attend during the event. The cost for this type of certificate is $25.

Not sure if you need CEs?

Check with your licensing agency, and/or sign in/out on the yellow sheets provided, and you can determine your eligibility immediately after the event (still adhering to the evaluation deadlines mentioned above). If you do not scan or sign in/out, or complete necessary evaluations by the deadline, that cannot be “corrected” later.

Information about the CE Process

CEs or certificates with the number of hours attended are available for a one-time fee for the entire event.

CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire session. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire session is completed will not receive CE credits.

Evaluations will be available, but are not required to earn CE credits.


Fees:

A $75 fee will be required to earn CEs for psychologists or BCBAs. If you attend either a pre-conference workshop, the World Conference, or both, only $75 is due. If you register for multiple events separately, please only pay the fee one time. This fee is non-refundable (unless you cancel your registration in its entirety before the cancellation deadline). Attendance verification (sign in/out) and evaluations also may be required.

The cost for a certificate indicating only the number of contact hours (not a CE certificate) is $25.

Refunds & Grievance Policies: Participants may direct any questions or complaints to ACBS Executive Director Emily Rodrigues, acbs@contextualscience.org, or through the Contact Us link on this website.

  • CEs are only available for events that qualify as workshops, symposia, invited lecture, panel discussion, or plenary sessions. Poster sessions, IGNITE sessions, sessions shorter than 1 hour, Chapter/SIG/Committee meetings, and some other specialty sessions do NOT qualify for Continuing Education credit.
  • (Note: CE credits are only available for those registered as a professional. You may not earn CE credits with a student registration.)  

*If you would like a different CE type in a future year from what is listed above, please contact ACBS staff via the "contact us" link on the website to provide feedback. The ACBS Conference Strategy Committee determines the final CEs offered each year based on need and relevance to the anticipated conference attendees in each location.  In addition to the time and cost it takes to submit a CE application, a long lead time is sometimes needed to collect the required information.  (Some reporting requirements are so unique that they must be built into the presenter submission forms in October, the year prior to the conference.)

ACBS staff

Call for Submissions - Closed

Call for Submissions - Closed

ACBS is no longer accepting submissions on Contextual Behavioral Science and related topics for consideration for our July 2024 conference. Please note dates below when submission results will be shared.  

Submissions are encouraged in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Chapter/SIG/Committee meeting deadline: 22 April 2024

Poster submission deadline: 20 March 2024

Poster

Results of poster submissions will be emailed out in April.

Oral submission deadline: 15 February 2024

IGNITE - Panel - Symposium - Paper - Workshop - Plenary/Invited

Results of oral submissions will be emailed out in the last week of March or the first week of April 2024. 

If you have any problems submitting, please contact support@contextualscience.org

*Due to local technological capabilities, all presenters will need to be at the conference in Buenos Aires and present in-person. No virtual presentation option will be available. 

General Submission Tips and Information

Submission types: 

Chapter/SIG/Committee Meeting

This gives Chapters/SIGs (or forming chapters and sigs) the opportunity to reserve a space and time to get together to network with others who share the same area of interest or geographic setting. This form allows SIGs and Chapters to request a time in the program for this purpose. Deadline: 22 April 2024

Poster

Posters usually report empirical research and will be organized into one or more sessions, during which attendees will be invited to review the research presented and discuss findings with poster presenters. Presenters must be at their poster during their assigned time of the poster session and may choose to provide handouts. (Poster size: no larger than 36 inches tall by 48 inches wide, or A0 size. Smaller is also permitted). Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum

IGNITE

The Ignite presentation is a short, structured talk in which presenters present on ideas and issues they are most passionate about using a “deck” of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds (no exceptions). Exactly 5 minutes total. Topics may be empirical, conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological. Presentation should be well-practiced and high energy (perhaps even... fun!). Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum
For more on Ignite presentations, see: http://igniteshow.com/ and http://www.speakerconfessions.com/2009/06/how-to-give-a-great-ignite-talk/

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions are 75-90 minute sessions and consist of 3 to 5 speakers selected for some shared interest or expertise in an area. Panelists respond to one or more questions or issues, with time allotted for interaction among the speakers and with the audience. A panel discussion is organized by a chairperson who serves as the session’s moderator. Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum

Symposium (chair, 3 - 4 papers and a discussant)

Organized by a chairperson who moderates the 75 or 90 minute session, symposia are a series of three to four 15-20 minute presentations focused on either empirical research or conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A discussant highlights and integrates the contributions of various speakers in the symposium and moderates questions from the audience. Chairpersons are encouraged to use symposia as an opportunity to integrate related work by: 1) bringing speakers of different affiliations together rather than showcasing the work of a single group and 2) incorporating different kinds of talks (e.g., historical, conceptual, and research-based) on the same topic into one symposium. Papers from submissions that are not accepted may be considered for a poster session. This year, we are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal. The Program Committee will not split apart symposia that are submitted together. Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum

Paper (not part of a pre-arranged symposium)

Paper submissions are individual, oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission will usually report on data. All paper presentations will be 15-20 minutes long. Accepted submissions will be organized into paper sessions of 75 or 90 minutes. Submissions not accepted will be considered for a poster session. We are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal. Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum

Workshop

Workshops are training sessions of 1.25/1.5 or 2.75 hours and usually focus on a combination of experiential and/or didactic exercises. Workshop submissions are highly competitive (note: based on past events, the acceptance rate for workshops is approximately 60-70%, and of workshops submitted only 20%-35% receive 2.75 hour slots). Please put your best workshop/abstract forward keeping this in mind when determining your desired length. Keep in mind as well that most workshops selected are for the 1.25/1.5 hour slots. Be sure to clearly state your goals and objectives for participant education in your submissions. Workshops should be regarded as opportunities to directly train specific skills rather than to present research findings, discuss conceptual, philosophical, or methodological issues, or share opinions. However, in service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research and data citations supporting your topic with your proposal, and to briefly present these (1-2 slides) during your workshop. Submissions that are not clearly focused on training should be submitted for other formats. Abstract word limit: 175 words maximum

Plenary/ Invited Address (use only if instructed) 

 

Tips for Submissions

  • Questions about the submission website? Check out some FAQs here.
  • Are you wondering how to increase the chance of acceptance for your submission? Click here for tips.
  • Unsure about writing Educational Objectives? Click here to learn more about them. 
  • Are you submitting a poster? Check out the poster guidelines here
ACBS staff

2024 Presenter Information

2024 Presenter Information

PowerPoints & Handouts

Consider offering live subtitle translation of your session during your presentation. To do that, in PowerPoint click on “Slide Show” then “Subtitle Settings”, then select your “spoken language” and another language as your “subtitle language”. ACBS encourages Spanish, Portuguese or English this year. Then click “Always Use Subtitles”.

Please title your files using the following examples (session number, first presenter, title or truncated title, type):

  • 23 - García- ACT for Pain - PPT
  • 23 - García - ACT for Pain - Handout 1 and 2
  • 23 - García - ACT for Pain - Handout 2
  • 59 - Valenzuela - Derived Relational... - PPT

Workshops: https://www.dropbox.com/request/dFTWtJ1lrbn1zgFwhaOt

Plenaries & Inviteds, Panels, and Symposia: https://www.dropbox.com/request/So5ZLu7aFCBrCiorvCpE

Please add your files above prior to 30 June. (PPT files are happily accepted after 30 June, but after that we can not guarantee that they will be available to attendees prior to your session.)

Printing Handouts

In an effort to reduce paper consumption at the conference, we will only be printing handouts that are worksheets to be completed during sessions. (PPT slides with space for notes are not considered worksheets.) If you have a worksheet that you would like to make available to your attendees, add it to the Dropbox folder (links above) by 30 June so that it can be printed. Make sure to indicate in the file name what needs to be printed (for example, “23 - García - ACT for Pain - Handout 1 - PRINT”). Copies will be delivered to your room just prior to your session during the conference.


Post-Test Questions

Some sessions will be asked to provide post-test questions. If this is the case for your session, ACBS will contact you directly with instructions.


Posters

Find detailed poster guidelines here.

Poster size: no larger than 36 inches by 48 inches, or A0 size. A smaller size is also permitted. VERTICAL/PORTRAIT orientation required.

Please consider using an engaging poster format such as the one described here. This should aid you in reaching your audience and getting the conversation started about your work.

**Please note, we are unable to print posters for presenters (or pay for poster printing), so please come to the conference prepared with your printed poster.

 

staff_1

Conference Awards & Scholarships

Conference Awards & Scholarships

ACBS Junior Investigator Poster Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and help develop junior investigators conducting research in contextual behavioral science and who are presenting the results of this research at the Association's annual meeting.

ACBS Student Spotlight Program: (Accepted November 1-November 30)

The Student Spotlight Program highlights students who are doing important work in the CBS community whether for research, clinical, and/or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. It is a way to highlight their achievements, let the ACBS community know important work students are doing, and provides a platform for mentoring/collaboration/professional development/conversations around highlighted areas.

Developing Nations World Conference Scholars: (Application closes February 1)

ACBS is an international society but in many corners of the world it is difficult for professionals to attend ACBS conferences and trainings due simply to cost. The Developing Nations Fund helps disseminate CBS in the developing world and provides scholarships for attendees and presenters from developing nations to attend the world conference.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion World Conference Scholars: (Application closes February 1)

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is aiming to bring increased diversity to our annual conferences by providing funds for individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and who would not be able to attend an ACBS conference without this added financial support. Both trainees and professionals are eligible for this competitive award.

Early Career Research Paper Award: (Accepted papers will be emailed regarding eligibility)

The Award recognizes an outstanding empirical research abstract from an early career researcher, with the goal of stimulating that person’s long term participation in the ACBS conference as an outlet for presenting empirical science within the broad domain of CBS.

Michael J. Asher Student Dissertation Award: (Application closes February 1)

This award is given to students based on their doctoral dissertation proposal related to the use of Contextual Behavioral Science with children/adolescents. Michael J. Asher, Ph.D., ABPP passed away in 2016 and was a clinical psychologist at Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. since 1988. He was passionate about his work, loved psychology, cognitive behavior therapy, and especially enjoyed learning about and practicing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship: (Application closes February 15)

The goal of the ACBS Foundation is to support existing activities within ACBS and explore areas for future development. The ACBS Foundation Student Scholarship that will cover the full student registration fee for attending the annual ACBS World Conference.

Student World Conference Scholars: (Application closes February 15)

The mission of the ACBS Student Special Interest Group is to work to support students of contextual behavioral science by advocating for their professional and personal development and facilitating their contribution to ACBS and the larger community. One step in moving towards this mission has been to create a Student World Conference Scholarship that will help subsidize the costs of attending the annual ACBS World Conference.


staff_1

Conference Venue

Conference Venue

The ACBS World Conference in Buenos Aires venue:

 

Pontifical Catholic University

Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1600

Edificio San José

Buenos Aires, Argentina

(Link to the location pinned on Google Maps)

Conference entrance is the southern entrance (Puerta SUR).

 

A video containing some of the meeting space is attached below.

admin
Video

General Schedule of Events - 23-28 July 2024

General Schedule of Events - 23-28 July 2024

*All times are in Buenos Aires' local time zone (Argentina Time – ART)
TUESDAY, 23 JULY 2024
8:00am-5:15pm Onsite Pre-Conference Workshop Registration  
9:00am-5:30pm Pre-Conference Workshops Coffee/Tea, 10:45am-11:15am
Lunch, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Coffee/Tea, 3:30pm-4:00pm
WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY 2024
8:00am-5:15pm Onsite Pre-Conference Workshop Registration (Conference attendees may begin to register after 2:00pm)  
9:00am-5:30pm Pre-Conference Workshops Coffee/Tea, 10:45am-11:15am
Lunch, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Coffee/Tea, 3:30pm-4:00pm
TBD Onsite Conference Registration  
TBD Welcome Cocktail and Chapter/SIG Social  
THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2024
7:30am-5:00pm  Onsite Conference Registration   
8:00am-8:50am First Timer Event - Information and Networking  
8:00am-8:50am Chapter/SIG/Committee Meetings  
9:00am-6:00pm
Conference Sessions
Coffee/Tea, 10:15am-10:45am
Break, 12:00pm-12:15pm
Lunch, 1:45pm-3:00pm
Coffee/Tea, 4:30pm-5:00pm
TBD Poster sessions  
FRIDAY, 26 JULY 2024
8:00am-5:00pm  Onsite Conference Registration   
8:00am-8:50am Chapter/SIG/Committee Meetings  
9:00am-6:00pm
Conference Sessions
Coffee/Tea, 10:15am-10:45am
Break, 12:00pm-12:15pm
Lunch, 1:45pm-3:00pm
Coffee/Tea, 4:30pm-5:00pm
SATURDAY, 27 JULY 2024
8:00am-5:00pm   Onsite Conference Registration   
8:00am-8:50am  Chapter/SIG/Committee Meetings  
9:00am-6:00pm
Conference Sessions
Coffee/Tea, 10:15am-10:45am
Break, 12:00pm-12:15pm
Lunch, 1:45pm-3:00pm
Coffee/Tea, 4:30pm-5:00pm
TBD Follies! (Location TBD)  
SUNDAY, 28 JULY 2024
8:30am-11:00am Onsite Conference Registration   
9:00am-12:30pm
Conference Sessions
Coffee/Tea, 10:30am-11:00am
ACBS staff

Invited Speakers for World Conference 2024

Invited Speakers for World Conference 2024

Plenary Speakers

 

Lori E. Crosby, PsyD, is a Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) Community Engagement Core, Co-Director of Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and leads a groundbreaking research program in pediatric sickle cell disease. Her role also extends to being the Co-Director of INNOVATIONS in Community Research and Program Evaluation. An elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Crosby recently obtained a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University. Her vast expertise encompasses self-management, treatment adherence, the transition to adult care, as well as the recruitment and retention of diverse and marginalized populations in research. Proficient in mixed methods quality improvement and community-engaged research, she strives to integrate cutting-edge technologies and design thinking methods to engage marginalized populations, thereby contributing to the reduction of health disparities.

Dr. Crosby will be giving the following presentation: Reboot, Reframe and Re-envision: Advancing Health Equity within Behavioral Science


David Gillanders is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, member of the British Psychological Society, Health & Care Professions Council, Association of Clinical Psychologists (UK), British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy and a founder member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. David is the Head of Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He leads a programme of research into the application of contextual behavioural science to living well with ill health, as well as research into training, supervision and basic measurement in behavioural science. Dr. Gillanders has published more than 65 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters, and is co-author of the self-help book, “Better Living with IBS”. He is a founding member of ACBS, an ACBS Fellow and a peer reviewed ACT trainer with ACBS. The peer review is the international association’s mark of high quality, high fidelity ACT training.

Dr. Gillanders will be giving the following presentation: Towards a science of competency


Andrew Gloster, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland where he is head of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science. His research examines the multi-level factors involved in pathology and the mechanisms of action involved in interventions designed to alleviate pathology, increase well-being, and maximize transfer of these principles to patients in their everyday lives. His research has examined various forms of behavioral psychotherapy, its efficacy, and treatment non-response. His research utilizes numerous methodologies towards these aims including event sampling methodology (ESM), randomized controlled trials (RCTs), digital interventions, experiments, and epidemiology. His research extends multiple levels of investigations ranging from genetic polymorphisms to behavioral assessment, GPS, and population level analysis. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and chapters, as well as edited and published several books. His research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, German Ministry for Education and Research, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. Dr. Gloster regularly gives invited addresses at international conferences, has received multiple teaching awards, is a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, past President of the ACBS Foundation. He is currently the president of the Association for Contextual Behavior Science.


Deisy das Graças de Souza received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the Universidade de São Paulo. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she worked with A. Charles Catania, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, where she worked with William J. McIlvane. Throughout her career, she has been a member of the Department of Psychology at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, where she attained the rank of professor in 2005. Dr. de Souza’s contributions are impressive in quality, quantity, and range. Her early career was characterized by important publications on basic laboratory analyses of signaled and unsignaled avoidance and of choice behavior. When serious allergies forced her out of the animal lab, Dr. de Souza turned her attention to stimulus control, an area in which she has made seminal experimental, applied, and conceptual analyses of phenomena involving exclusion and stimulus equivalence. Findings from her human laboratory studies were taken quickly into the field to facilitate reading and writing skills among young Brazilian children who were falling behind in school primarily due to reading deficits. The collective impact of this work is evidenced not only by the many publications it has generated in major outlets in Brazil and internationally, but also by its history of funding from Brazil’s most highly competitive federal research agency (FAPESP, CNPq). Dr. de Souza is widely respected as an inspirational teacher who has made essential contributions to the growth and development of her department, particularly as a mentor of graduate and postdoctoral students. Among her many leadership positions are service as president of the Associação Brasileira de Psicologia, international representative of the ABAI Council, and editor of Revista Brasileira de Análise do Comportamento.


Michael Muthukrishna is Associate Professor of Economic Psychology and Affiliate of the Data Science Institute and STICERD Developmental Economics Group at the London School of Economics, Technical Director of The Database of Religious History, and founder of the LSE Culturalytik project. Muthukrishna’s research focuses on answering three broad questions: (1) Why are humans so different to other animals? (2) What are the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is transmitted, maintained, and modified? (3) How can the answers to these questions be used to tackle some of the challenges we face as a species? Michael uses a two-pronged methodological approach to answer these questions, combining mathematical and computational modeling, and experimental and data science methods from psychology and economics. In 2021 Muthukrishna was awarded the APS Rising Star award by the Association of Psychological Science (APS), in 2022 the SAGE Early Career Trajectory Award by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and in 2023, both the Rising Star Award and the Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution by the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES).

Michael has written several prominent articles on a variety of topics, including innovation, corruption, and navigating diversity and cultural differences. He has been invited to present his research in world-leading centers of academic excellence, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Oxford, to audiences including judges, policy-makers, members of the military, government officials, and key industry figures. Dr Muthukrishna tries to make the science of human and cultural evolution more accessible through animations, videos, documentaries, and other popular media. His research and interviews have appeared in a variety of international and national news outlets including CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American, Fortune, PBS, Vice, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Nature News, and Science News, Times, Telegraph, Mirror, Sun, and Guardian. Michael’s research is informed by his educational background in engineering and psychology, with graduate training in evolutionary biology, economics, and statistics, and his personal background living in Sri Lanka, Botswana, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. He is the author of A Theory of Everyone: Who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going.

 

 

Invited Speakers

 

Gonzalo Brito Pons, is a clinical psychologist who has worked with diverse populations in Chile, Peru, and Spain, integrating Western psychological approaches with traditional medicine and contemplative practices. As a certified yoga teacher and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor, he has included these practices in his clinical work and workshops for health care professionals and educators over the last decade. Gonzalo is a certified instructor of the Compassion Cultivation Training Program and serves as a supervisor for Spanish-speaking teachers in training at at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He obtained his PhD doing experimental research on the individual and relational effects of compassion cultivation training and mindfulness-based stress reduction. He has co-authored two books and several academic and dissemination articles on psychology and contemplative practices.

Dr. Brito Pons will be giving the following presentation: Entrenamiento en Compasión en Terapia y en Grupos Psicoeducativos: Aprendizajes centrales de 12 años de experiencia


Steven C. Hayes is a Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Nevada and President of the Institute for Better Health, a 45 year old charitable organization that promotes quality in mental and behavioral health services. An author of 48 books and over 700 scientific articles, he is especially known for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, Process-Based Therapy, and Contextual Behavioral Science. Dr. Hayes has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and recipient of the Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science -- their lifetime achievement award for applied psychology. His popular book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States, and his new book A Liberated Mind has been recently released to wide acclaim. His TEDx talks and blogs have been viewed or read by over three million people, and he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world.

Dr. Hayes will be giving the following presentation: Every Voice Matters: How a Modern Process-Based Approach is Helping us Expand Our Work Beyond Psychotherapy


Amanda Muñoz-Martínez received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Trainer (FAP trainer) and a member of the FAP Certification, Policy, and Ethics Board (FAP CEP). Amanda is currently an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).  Amanda’s main research interest is optimizing and evaluating principle-based therapies for improving clients’ and stakeholders’ well-being, particularly, in Latin America. She is the director of ContigoLab in which she conducts research on (a) assessing contextual mechanisms of change, and (b) optimizing contextually-based interventions. Amanda has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals (Q1 to Q4, SJR index). She has also written book chapters with recognized book editorials such as Springer.  In 2021, she received the ACBS Research Development Grant Award to study contextual and behavioral mechanisms associated with adherence to cardiac rehabilitation. She also received the Early Career Research Paper Award at the 2023 ACBS World Conference. As a FAP trainer, she has facilitated several trainings for English- and Spanish-Speakers to enhance interpersonal skills and create meaningful relationships. 

Dr. Muñoz-Martínez will be giving the following presentation: Long life to Social Connection: Using FAP principles to build up a meaningful life


Manuela O’Connell, Lic. Clinical psychologist specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy and Compassion. Manuela is a Peer Reviewed ACT trainer and Fellow for ACBS. ACT trainer and supervisor along Latin America in the Spanish speaking population. She has private practice and regular training programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Board President of ACL Foundation (Live with Awareness, Courage and Love). She is one of the earliest ACL groups leader since 2016 and has run this groups for the last 8 years. Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (MMTCP- training program through UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield Accredited by IMTA.org). Manuela has an extensive meditation practice and delivers and attends several mindfulness retreats during the year and incorporates mindfulness into her therapy with clients including interpersonal mindfulness. She also offers Mindfulness programs for general public and has offer a Mindfulness and Psychotherapy course oriented in CBS for 8 years and done several conferences on the topic of Mindfulness and CBS. Manuela has been involved also in body work and somatic training for the last 30 years and is a certified Eutony teacher. In this area she has been integrating the felt sense and somatic experiences with Mindfulness and ACT in the form of Embodied Metaphor into her clinical work and has presented around this topic extensively. Author of a general public book “Una vida valiosa” from Random Penguin House. This book emerged after several years of delivering ACT for the public interventions. Co author in the ACT for anger workbook with Dr. Robyn Walser. Collaboration in The hear of ACT book from Dr. Robyn Walser and wrote with her several publications in the area of the therapeutic relationship and couples work.

Dr. O'Connell will be giving the following presentation: Embodying ACT: Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Body-Based Interventions


Francisco J. Ruiz received his doctoral degree in Psychology at Universidad de Almería (Spain) under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Luciano. His primary research is focused on interfacing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory. Over the past few years, he and his colleagues have developed a model of ACT that focuses on disrupting dysfunctional patterns of repetitive negative thinking and have conducted around 25 clinical studies evaluating its efficacy and processes of change. He has published over 100 scientific articles and is currently director of the Clinical Psychology Laboratory of the Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Clinik Lab) in Colombia. In 2020, he was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
 

Dr. Ruiz will be giving the following presentation: Eficacia y procesos de cambio de intervenciones breves de ACT centradas en reducir pensamiento negativo repetitivo

 

 

 

*This webpage is under construction. 

staff_1

Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops

Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops

What to Expect

The 2024 Pre-Conference Workshops offer exciting opportunities that will engage therapists and researchers of any skill level. Combining therapy role-plays, experiential exercises, case presentations, data graphics, focused lectures, and small group discussions, you can expect high-quality training from ACBS Pre-Conference Workshops. Continuing Education credits are available. All Pre-Conference, Intensive workshops will be presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details regarding AI translation are available here.

When & Where

We're pleased to offer seven different workshop options, in-person (23-24 July), at UCA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Pre-Conference workshop registration includes LIVE ONLY access to the workshop you select. These workshops will not be recorded. 

ACBS Pre-Conference Workshops - IN-PERSON (23-24 July 2024)

These workshops will be held the two days immediately preceding the ACBS World Conference 2024.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(13 total contact hours)

Here, Now, and Between Us: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and the Power of the Therapeutic Relationship

Mavis Tsai, Ph.D., Sarah Sullivan-Singh, Ph.D., Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D., Amanda Muñoz Martínez. Ph.D., Daniel Maitland, Ph.D.

 

Healing Interrupted Lives: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Process-Based Work to Recover from Trauma 

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D.

 

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Powerful Behavior Change Services for All People

Patti Robinson, Ph.D., Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.

 

Helping build flexible relationships toward the self and the social world: Using CBS to support flexible growth in self and social connections with people aged 12 to 24 years

Louise Hayes, Ph.D.

 

Creating a State-of-the-Art Process-Based Practice: The Role of AI, EMA, Functional Analysis and Digital Technology

Maria Karekla, Ph.D., Andrew Gloster, Ph.D., Steve Hayes, Ph.D.

 

Mastering Compassion Focused Practice from The Inside Out: An Experiential Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training

Dennis Tirch Ph.D., Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD, Manuela O'Connell, Lic.

 

Language Matters. Moving from Formula to Function: Progressing Applications of Behaviour Analysis with RFT and ACT

Nanni Presti, Ph.D., Sarah Cassidy, Ph.D.

 

 

 

staff_1

Creating a State-of-the-Art Process-Based Practice: The Role of AI, EMA, Functional Analysis and Digital Technology

Creating a State-of-the-Art Process-Based Practice: The Role of AI, EMA, Functional Analysis and Digital Technology

 

Creating a State-of-the-Art Process-Based Practice: The Role of AI, EMA, Functional Analysis and Digital Technology

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours)

Workshop Leaders:

Maria Karekla, Ph.D.

Andrew Gloster, Ph.D.

Steve Hayes, Ph.D.

Workshop Description: 

Contextual Behavior Science is turning towards a process-based approach to the alleviation of human problems and promotion of human prosperity. Opportunities and challenges arise as CBS practitioners and researchers adopt a more process-based focus in their work. For example, the range of specific problems for a given client become more central because there is no longer an assumption that signs and symptoms of syndromes should be given priority. A longitudinal idiographic focus becomes more important because processes of change cannot be properly modeled through normative methods. New assessment methods emerge because the importance of traditional psychometric assumptions recede and high temporal density self-report measures require few or even a single item. In area after area what we have traditionally relied on in diagnosis, intervention, training, clinical evaluation, and research needs adjustment.

The purpose of the workshop will be to demystify these rapid changes and to show in a concrete fashion how they can be used to expand practice and its applied and conceptual impact. In this workshop we will actively practice case conceptualization and interventions from a process-based perspective. We will explore how to serve each unique client using empirically derived intervention kernels, with modern functional analysis as a guide. We will further examine how a range of challenges practitioners now face can be met, with a special emphasis on technology, AI, high-temporal density measurement, and new forms of functional analysis as at least partial solutions. In our view, recent advances in digital methodologies coupled with the globalization of internet and technological access and needs resulting from the recent pandemic have come together to make digital technologies an essential tool for therapy.


Thus, we will explore the challenges of process-based therapy and how digital and AI tools can be used to support a new form of functional analysis, expand clinical practice, and augment intervention. We will address such tools as virtual reality methods, apps, teletherapy, ecological momentary assessment, etc.. How These can augment CBS research and practice and will be shared using hands-on experiences and “lessons learned” from the presenters’ experiences. Examples of apps, programs and other digital tools will be used to illustrate how available technological products may be used within functional analysis and treatment. The combination of a process-based approach with AI tools and technology promises to fundamentally alter the role of the practitioner, the nature of service delivery, and what clients expect of mental and behavioral health care. This workshop will show how to manage these changes and how to use them within clinical practice in alignment with CBS and process-based approach goals.
 

About the Workshop Leaders:

Maria Karekla, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer, and Associate Professor, University of Cyprus, and heads the “ACTHealthy: Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine” laboratory. Her research focuses on areas of health promotion and the investigation of individual difference factors (especially psychological flexibility parameters) as they relate to the development and maintenance of various behavioural difficulties. She also examines the treatment of these difficulties utilizing process-based and Contextual Behavioral Science principles and innovative delivery methods (e.g., digital interventions, virtual reality) in line with precision and personalized medicine. This led to very successful digital interventions for which she received numerous local, European and international grants, and awards. She is appointed by the Cyprus Minister of Health to the National Strategic Planning Committee for Mental Health and the National Advisory Committee for Tobacco Control, and the Board on Medically Assisted Reproduction and previously in the National Bioethics Committee. She served as the convenor of the European Federation of Psychology Associations’ (EFPA) Psychology and Health committee and is a member of the e-health task force.  She is the immediate past-President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), from where she received the status of “Fellow” in 2019. In 2023 she became a fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and in 2021 by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, whereas in 2018 she was nominated as Cyprus “Woman of the Year: Academic/Researcher category.” She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 13 chapters in edited books, 3 books, 4 technical reports and numerous papers in scientific conference proceedings. Her first psychotherapeutic children’s story book was nominated for the 2017 National Literary Awards (category Children/Adolescents) and for her illustrations for the book. She is active in scientific journal editorial boards (e.g., Journal of Contextual Behavior Science). Moreover, she is a TEDx speaker and she has been hosted and interviewed for her work by numerous podcasts, newspapers, TV and radio stations nationally and internationally.

Andrew Gloster, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland where he is head of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science. His research examines the multi-level factors involved in pathology and the mechanisms  of action  involved  in interventions  designed  to alleviate pathology,  increase  well-being,  and  maximize transfer  of  these  principles  to  patients  in  their everyday  lives.  His  research  has  examined  various  forms of  behavioral psychotherapy,  its  efficacy, and  treatment  non-response.  His research utilizes numerous methodologies towards these aims including event sampling methodology (ESM), randomized controlled trials (RCTs), digital interventions, experiments, and epidemiology. His research extends multiple levels of investigations ranging from genetic polymorphisms to behavioral assessment, GPS, and population level analysis. He has published more than 129 peer-reviewed publications and chapters, as well as edited and published several books. His research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, German Ministry for Education and Research, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. Dr. Gloster regularly gives invited addresses at international conferences, has received multiple teaching awards, is a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, past President of the Association of Contextual Science Foundation. He is currently the president of the Association of Contextual Behavior Science.
 

Steven C. Hayes is a Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Nevada and President of the Institute for Better Health, a 45 year old charitable organization that promotes quality in mental and behavioral health services. An author of 48 books and over 700 scientific articles. He is especially known for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, Process-Based Therapy, and Contextual Behavioral Science.  Dr. Hayes has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and recipient of the Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science -- their lifetime  achievement award for applied psychology. His popular book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States, and his new book A Liberated Mind has been recently released to wide acclaim. His TEDx talks and blogs have been viewed or read by over three million people, and he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world.


After this workshop, participants will be able to: 

1) Attendees will be able to discuss how the turn toward a process-based therapy approach challenges current practice and be able to implement process-based assessment and interventions.
2) Attendees will be able to discuss how to effectively integrate technology into intervention and assessment practices, to enhance the process-based therapy experience.
3) Participants will be able to describe the opportunities and dangers of technology-assisted process-based therapy and make necessary adaptations for diverse client needs.
4) Attendees will be able to list strategies for building and maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance in the context of technology-enhanced process-based therapy environments.
5) Attendees can relate their ongoing professional development to changes in the field of technology and process-based therapy.
6) Attendees will identify different digital means and be able to apply them to augment their therapeutic interventions.
7) Attendees will be able to analyze the impact of process-based therapy on case conceptualization, organizational strategies, and data analysis within therapy contexts, and the roll of technological advancements managing this impact.
8) Attendees will examine the transformational role of AI tools in altering practitioner roles, service delivery, and client expectations in mental and behavioral health care.
9) Attendees will critically evaluate the implications of a process-based focus in therapy within the digital age and its pragmatic application.
10) Attendees will practice and be able to apply an iterative paper-based prototype method for translating functional requirements into digital artifacts.
11) Attendees will be able to apply apply techniques to evaluate prototypes to guide digital intervention design.

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Clinical, Research, Applied, Not Clinical
Components: Conceptual analysis, Literature review, Original data, Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Case presentation

Topic Areas: Process-Based Therapy; digital enhanced intervention
technology

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists


 

staff_1

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Powerful Behavior Change Services for All People

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Powerful Behavior Change Services for All People

 

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Powerful Behavior Change Services for All People

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours) 

Workshop Leaders:    

Patti Robinson, Ph.D.

Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.

 

Workshop Description:

Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) is a brief, process based therapy designed to alleviate human suffering human and promote valued living. Our goal is to optimize the impact of each and every therapy session, indeed, to treat every session as if it might be the last one. In this workshop, we will explore the basic, universal human dilemma involved in approaching the things that matter most in life versus attempting to control, eliminate or avoid the emotional consequences of that same caring. To their detriment, most clients have been socially trained to believe they can pursue what matters to them without the experience of psychological pain, thus triggering an unworkable struggle to control or eliminate could perceived as natural, healthy, albeit unwanted and distressing inner experiences. 

FACT teaches clients to accept distressing inner experiences, live in the present moment free from the regulatory influence of culturally shaped rules, and to organize patterns of life actions based in personal values rather than avoidance motivations. This propensity to accept what is there, join the present moment, and behave according to one’s values is sometimes referred to as being “psychologically flexible.” Most of this workshop will be focused on developing and strengthening core clinical interviewing and intervention skills, using a pedagogical framework known as CARE. Each letter of CARE stands for a sequence of clinical tasks that, collectively, result in powerful, life changing behavioral outcomes. Participants will learn the CARE framework via a combination of didactic lecture, live demonstrations and skill building exercises. Among other things, participants will learn to conduct a rapid, high-yield contextual interview (using the “contextual interview”); administer in-session rating scales; identify and address the key themes of avoidance, approach, and life workability (using the “four square tool”); quickly conceptualize client responses from a FACT perspective (using the “pillars assessment tool”) ; create powerful problem reframes that generate client “buy in” and motivation to change; and assist clients with engaging in new behaviors in their lives outside of therapy.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Dr. Robinson, PhD, is currently the Director of Training and Program Evaluation for Mountainview Consulting Group, winner of the APA Presidential Innovative Practice Award (2009). She is the cofounder of the Primary Care Behavioral Health model and Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She provides consultation and training services internationally and is committed to improving access to healthcare services and to realization of health equity. Earlier in her career, she worked as a researcher and clinician for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA and as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA. She has authored many articles, book chapters and books. With Jeff Reiter, she is now writing the 3rd Edition of Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services.

Dr. Strosahl is a co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and has long been a chief proponent of using ACT as a brief intervention. He has co-authored professional books on brief applications of ACT, including “Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (Robinson & Gustavsson, co-authors, 2012, New Harbinger Publications), and “Inside This Moment: Promoting Radical Change in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” (Robinson & Gustavsson, co-authors, 2015, New Harbinger Publications). He has also co-authored best-selling ACT self-help books, including “The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression, 2nd Edition” (Robinson, co-author, 2018, New Harbinger Publications). Along with five psychiatrists from around the world, he recently published a book on ACT for psychiatric practitioners, “Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Essential Guide to the Process and Practice of Mindful Psychiatry” (Goubert, Torneke, Purrsey, Loftus & Roberts, co-authors, 2020, American Psychiatric Publishing). Dr. Strosahl has conducted numerous training workshops on ACT around the world. Because his approach to teaching is so clinician oriented, accessible and practical, Dr. Strosahl has been referred to as the “hands of ACT".                                                   

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Appreciate client preferences and service utilization characteristics that make brief interventions the preferred mode of treatment in many settings.

2. Describe the pivotal role that human language plays as a behavior regulatory system. 

3. Analyze the three “contexts” that influence behavior and are proper targets for therapeutic intervention.

4. Apply the concepts of rule following, emotional avoidance, and behavioral avoidance. as they contribute to psychological rigidity and maladaptive behavior. 

5. Describe the three pillars of psychological flexibility, and their specific corrective effects on rule following and avoidance. 

6. Understand the central role that present-moment awareness plays in promoting radical change.

7. Apply the CARE algorithm to structure the flow of each therapy session.

8. Use the Contextual Interview. 

9. Administer clinically useful in-session rating scales in each session.

10. Recognize and respond to unworkable avoidance strategies.

11. Reframe problems within an approach-avoidance framework.

12. Plan powerful behavioral experiments during each session.

13. Conceptualize interview data using the Four Square Tool.

14. Conceptualize interview information using the Pillars Assessment Tool.

15. Apply strategies designed to strengthen acceptance, present moment awareness and value based action. 

16. Understand the role that metaphors play in producing transformative change.

17. Apply physical metaphors such as the Bulls Eye and Life Path to set practical goals and increase client motivation for behavioral variability and direct learning.

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Components: Conceptual analysis, Literature review, Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Role play

Topic areas (primary): Clinical intervention development or outcomes

Topic areas (secondary): Social justice / equity / diversity

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists

staff_1

Healing Interrupted Lives: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Process-Based Work to Recover from Trauma

Healing Interrupted Lives: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Process-Based Work to Recover from Trauma

 

Healing Interrupted Lives: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Process-Based Work to Recover from Trauma

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours) 

Workshop Leader:

Robyn Walser photoRobyn Walser, Ph.D.

Workshop Description:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers a rich tapestry of verbal and experiential processes designed to empower clients to align their choices with deeply held values. Therapists can learn and understand the behavioral processes within ACT on various levels. Yet, their seamless integration within complex relational contexts can prove to be a persistent challenge. In the landscape of therapeutic engagement, for instance, multiple layers of processes can unfold, encompassing intrapersonal, interpersonal, and overarching dynamics entailed in the arc of the intervention. Using trauma as the guiding example, we will explore how ACT operates on multiple levels of process, helping trauma survivors to recover from lost and interrupted lives. The workshop will include role-plays, guided skills development, and information on integrating ACT with other trauma interventions. Participants will engage in exercises designed to refine and develop their ACT process skills, attuning to the relationship and therapeutic stance. Didactics and discussion will be oriented to increasing flexibility in using the core processes and consistent application of the model.
 

About Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D.: 
Dr. Robyn Walser is the Director of TL Consultation Services, Staff at the National Center for PTSD, and is Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, Berkeley. She maintains an international training, consulting, and therapy practice as a licensed psychologist. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 7 books, including Learning ACT. She also has expertise in traumatic stress and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles and chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1998; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. She is invested in developing innovative ways to translate science into practice and continues to do research and education on dissemination of ACT. She has had a number of leadership roles in international and national organizations, and she served as President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Dr. Walser is best known for her dynamic, warm, and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

Following this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Define therapeutic presence within the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.

2. Explore the fundamental ACT processes inherent in the therapeutic relationship.

3. Analyze the significance of process levels in the treatment of clients with a history of trauma.

4. Examine obstacles hindering the smooth implementation of ACT and strategies for overcoming them, with a specific focus on trauma therapy.

5. Explore intrapersonal processes through the lens of ACT principles.

6. Discuss the purpose and utilization of self-disclosure in ACT, emphasizing its role in trauma treatment.

7. Elaborate on interpersonal processes within the ACT framework.

8. Investigate the purpose and application of interpersonal work and feedback within the context of ACT.

9. Recognize the pivotal role of the ACT therapeutic relationship in shaping client outcomes.

10. Clarify how case conceptualization serves as a guiding framework for the progression of ACT therapy.

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Clinical
Components: Conceptual analysis, Literature review, Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Case presentation, Role play
Topic Areas: Clinical intervention development or outcomes
 

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists

staff_1

Helping build flexible relationships toward the self and the social world: Using CBS to support flexible growth in self and social connections with people aged 12 to 24 years

Helping build flexible relationships toward the self and the social world: Using CBS to support flexible growth in self and social connections with people aged 12 to 24 years

 

Helping build flexible relationships toward the self and the social world: Using CBS to support flexible growth in self and social connections with people aged 12 to 24 years

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours) 

Workshop Leader:

Louise Hayes, Ph.D.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on two contexts of growth for young people, showing how to intervene to build a flexible self and how to build strong social connections. We focus on this because young people are like the canary in the coal mine; data worldwide shows young people aged 16-24 are suffering more than any other age group, with up to 50% reporting distress that meets the criteria for diagnosable mental health problems. These high rates ought to point us away from the individual to increase our focus on the upstream causes of this suffering; these include social trauma, family and community change, loneliness, social media, climate change, politics, war and displacement, economic downturns, etc. In this workshop, we will focus on interventions to strengthen relationships:  parent-child attachment, friendship skills, life online, and prosocial behaviour in classes, schools, and community groups. We will also work on how to help young people see themselves as able to grow and change. We will explore opening to their vulnerable selves, supporting their ability to make room for emotions and respond with awareness instead of withdrawing, and how to let go of the self as labels, and see their inner-critical voices as ongoing events rather than a part of them. We will build on developing compassion toward themselves so they can achieve and reach out into the world with compassionate action.

The workshop will use DNA-v as a framework for this self and social development. DNA-V is a robust model of human change that has spurred enormous growth in the adolescent area, inspiring clinical protocols, school curriculums, and research.

We will not cover the basics of the model, but the workshop will still apply to those new to the model as we will provide reading and material on the basics before the workshop.

•       Prior learning will be provided one month in advance through lectures and reading.

Science and accessibility will be our key focus. The strength of DNA-V is its solid and clear scientific foundation, holistic approach, and readily accessible framework. In this workshop, we plan to use these themes to help practitioners feel empowered to work in youth social contexts and to help them with self-development.

For more information on this work, please go to www.louisehayes.com.au -- and also www.dnav.international

About the Workshop Leader: 

Dr Louise Hayes is a clinical psychologist, author, international speaker, and educator.  She is a Fellow and Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. Louise currently holds a position as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University, where she collaborates on projects using contextual behavioural science. She is a peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT) trainer engaged in training professionals worldwide. Together with Joseph Ciarrochi, she developed DNA-v, a leading acceptance and commitment therapy model that has sparked international studies. In 2022 she released a new book for helping adults thrive in the face of change – What Makes You Stronger. She is the co-author of two best-selling books for young people – Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teenagers; and Your Life Your Way. She is also the 
co-author of the practitioner book, The Thriving Adolescent. Louise is an active clinician, working with adults and adolescents. Louise’s passion project and the highlight of her work is establishing a not-for-profit endeavour of taking professionals on the journey of their life into the Himalayas to develop their mindful way of being while raising funds to help children in remote Nepal. She is also a certified Buddhist meditation teacher in the Dzogchen tradition.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Social - Explore the literature on social change and its influence on the well-being of young people
2. Social – Demonstrate and practice strategies to strengthen relationships, such as family and friendships
3. Social - Learn how to use DNA-v in group contexts such as classrooms and community groups
4. Social - Learn how to apply prosocial principles with adolescents (including the core design principles).
5. Social - Demonstrate and apply strategies for working with difficult social interactions
6. Self - Learn how to intervene with adolescent self and to apply flexibility interventions
7. Self - Demonstrate and practice strategies to build physiological and emotional balance
8. Self - Demonstrate and practice flexibility strategies with their conceptual self
9. Self - Discuss procedures to support achievement goals
10. Self - Demonstrate and practice procedures to build compassionate awareness

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Clinical

Components: Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Case presentation, Role play

Topic areas (primary): Clinical 

Topic areas (secondary): Education
 

staff_1

Here, Now, and Between Us: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and the Power of the Therapeutic Relationship

Here, Now, and Between Us: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and the Power of the Therapeutic Relationship

 

Here, Now, and Between Us: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and the Power of the Therapeutic Relationship

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours) 

Workshop Leaders:

Mavis Tsai, Ph.D.  

Sarah Sullivan-Singh, Ph.D. 

Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D. 

Amanda Muñoz Martínez. Ph.D. 

Daniel Maitland, Ph.D. 

 

Workshop Description: 

We are offering this workshop in memory of beloved FAP co-founder, Bob Kohlenberg. Whether you are new to FAP or are an advanced practitioner, this workshop aims to cultivate your ability to harness the wellspring of therapeutic opportunity available within each unique relationship we create with our clients, and to take you to the next level of understanding in the application of FAP’s five transformative rules.

This workshop will focus on how you can intensify the therapeutic relationship by transforming it into an in-vivo, in-session laboratory in which you invite your clients to attempt new, more effective behaviors in service of their values and goals. In short, we encourage clients to practice, “right here, right now,” behaviors that are functionally equivalent to those they wish to implement in their lives outside of session. Because clients emit new behaviors in your presence, they benefit from the enhanced reinforcement of your immediate and genuine responding. Hence, increasing your own self-awareness, courage, and judiciousness in how you share your authentic self and emotional vulnerability allows you to augment the potency of your in-the-moment responses to clients.

We will weave together essential didactic elements of theory, recorded segments of therapy sessions, demonstrations, experiential exercises (balanced to address both clinical and personal development), real-plays with peers in small groups, ethical considerations, and a collection of FAP-consistent therapeutic tools and resources for you to take home. Of note, we will encourage you to be vulnerable in revealing yourself to the extent that it supports your learning and development, both personally and professionally, and with consideration of your needs and limits within the workshop setting.

Our goal is that you will leave the workshop with a deepened awareness of yourself, an awakened excitement about the possibilities of the therapy relationship, and an enlivened commitment to igniting it with each of your clients.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Mavis Tsai, PhD, co-originator of FAP, is a clinical psychologist and senior research scientist at University of Washington’s Center for Science of Social Connection. She is the co-author of five books on FAP (some of which have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean and Persian), and over 75 articles and book chapters. She is an ACBS Fellow, and received the Washington State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of psychology. She gave a TEDx talk “Create Extraordinary Interactions”, has presented “Master Clinician” sessions at the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, has led numerous workshops nationally and internationally, and has supervised clinicians all over the world in FAP. As Founder of the Nonprofit Organization ‘Awareness, Courage & Love Global Project” which brings FAP to the general public, she trains volunteers to lead chapters in six continents to create a worldwide- network of open-hearted change-seekers who strive to meet life’s challenges through deepening interpersonal connection and rising to live more true to themselves. 

The Seattle Clinic & University of Washington, Sarah Sullivan-Singh, PhD, earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine Department before beginning her independent practice. She is a Clinical Instructor within the University of Washington (UW) Psychology Department where she supervises graduate students treating clients using ACT and FAP. Dr. Sullivan-Singh also regularly guest lectures to psychology interns in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She is a certified FAP trainer and routinely teaches both students and professionals through individual supervision/consultation as well as workshops and online courses. Dr. Sullivan-Singh has also worked on treatment development for and provided clinical supervision within a randomized-controlled trial of FAP at the UW Center for the Science of Social Connection. As partner of The Seattle Clinic, a collective of independent practitioners focused on evidence-based practice, Dr. Sullivan-Singh is fortunate to be surrounded by students and colleagues who support her in following the lifelong path of encountering her gaps in awareness and knowledge and, in response, learning to acknowledge and address them – and through that process constructing increasingly authentic relationships with greater healing potential.

University of Nevada School of Medicine, Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and also in Family and Community Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her NIH funded research has focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and their integration and application with substance use disorders and stigma. Dr. Kohlenberg is an ACT trainer and a FAP trainer, and has contributed to the literature in these areas and has conducted trainings internationally. Dr. Kohlenberg is interested in psychotherapy training in psychiatric residency programs, and in growing bedside manner among family medicine residents. Dr. Kohlenberg has deep interests in the role of compassion, acceptance, and relationship in promoting behavior change. She cherishes direct patient care, as well as training psychiatry residents. Helping both patients and residents learn that one can change one’s relationship with suffering rather than having to “get rid” of suffering is meaningful for her. Outside of work Dr. Kohlenberg loves cooking, eating, walking, reading/listening to podcasts, and creating and participating in nurturing communities. She loves the beauty of our desert climate while always also missing the green and grandeur of the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up.

Amanda Muñoz-Martínez received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Trainer (FAP trainer) and a member of the FAP Certification, Policy, and Ethics Board (FAP CEP). Amanda is currently an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). Amanda’s main research interest is optimizing and evaluating process-based therapies for improving clients’ and stakeholders’ well-being. She is the director of ContigoLab where she is focused on the following research areas: (a) psychotherapy’s behavioral mechanisms of change, and (b) treatments optimization and evaluation across diverse contexts and populations, particularly, Latinx population. She wants to develop clear paths for treatment implementation by connecting practice and basic explanatory principles. As a FAP trainer, she has facilitated several trainings for English- and Spanish-Speakers to enhance interpersonal skills and create meaningful relationships.

Daniel W. M. Maitland, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Bowling Green State University in the Department of Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky, Texas, and Ohio. Dr. Maitland earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2015. Dr. Maitland runs the Psychotherapy Research or Study of Connection Intimacy and Loneliness (PROSOCIAL) lab at BGSU which focuses on psychotherapy processes and outcomes of therapies anchored in contextual behavioral science, especially FAP. The lab also conducts research on the effect of disruptions to interpersonal functioning in domains of mental and physical health. The research group is especially interested in how this research can be applied to promote social justice and enhance the lives of individuals who hold minoritized identities. 
 

Following this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Describe the 5 Rules of FAP and the behavioral theory underlying them.

2. Identify both functional classes and specific examples of problematic and improved in-session client behavior.

3. Understand when commonly used interventions can be inadvertently counter-therapeutic.

4. Demonstrate ability to recognize and respond therapeutically to both client in-session problematic behaviors and target behaviors using strategies adapted to your clients’ needs.

5. Prepare a FAP case conceptualization for one client that demonstrates the application of functional analysis to client behavior and awareness of the impact of your own therapist behavior on the client.

6. Practice using all five FAP rules to facilitate generalization of client in-session progress.

7. Identify, understand and address how your clients can activate your own problematic behaviors such that you can enhance your target behaviors as a therapist.

8. Understand ethical considerations related to cultivating intense therapeutic relationships with clients when using FAP.

9. Explore, receive, and express the deeper recesses of your true self -- what feels unseen, unmet, and unheld -- so that you can increase intensity, depth, and connection in your therapeutic relationships.

10. Learn about Live with Awareness, Courage & Love protocols and ways to adapt them to your clients, family and friends, and community.

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Clinical

Components: Conceptual analysis, Original data, Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Case presentation, Role play

Topic Areas: Clinical intervention development or outcomes, Processes of change

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists

 

staff_1

Language Matters. Moving from Formula to Function: Progressing Applications of Behaviour Analysis with RFT and ACT

Language Matters. Moving from Formula to Function: Progressing Applications of Behaviour Analysis with RFT and ACT

 

Language Matters. Moving from Formula to Function: Progressing Applications of Behaviour Analysis with RFT and ACT

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours)

Workshop Leaders:

Nanni Presti, Ph.D.

Sarah Cassidy, Ph.D.

 

Workshop Description:

Modern clinicians are often no longer working with patients in short term ways to conduct one straight forward assessment or brief therapeutic work.  Rather, we are working with individuals with various individual differences and those of different neurotypes from early intervention settings all the way through to adulthood.  While clinical presentations and language capabilities can vary a lot, increasingly, most of our patients also experience mental health difficulties, and one thing is certain, a clinician needs a responsive and flexible tool kit to meet increasing demands with compassion and skill. Understanding their language needs and the traps that both the client and the therapist can fall into, can go a long way to enhancing clinical techniques.  As these individuals progress along developmental trajectories, our clinical tools need to grow up too, and quickly.  

Clinicians whom have trained in more traditional behavioural backgrounds may be struggling to find what they need in their VB tool kits and may be looking to ACT and RFT for the answers.  The ACT model aims to enhance psychological flexibility (PI), allowing individuals to adjust to the unpredictable conditions of their environment and live more meaningful lives by engaging with their natural sources of reinforcement. The PI construct is developed through experiential exercises and metaphors, which are most effective when tailored to the individual's unique learning history. In the past, ACT was often used very successfully with adults.  Although there are no inherent obstacles to applying ACT to children and adolescents, it is essential to consider the developmental progression of language-related processes and their impact on a child's emotional well-being as they move throughout their different periods of development. RFT does this very efficiently via the process of Multiple Exemplar Training. Thus, it may be necessary to provide training in basic relational framing skills before training the ACT processes. Furthermore, it is crucial to customize experiential exercises and metaphors to each person's level of experience and circumstances and even to their individual neurotypes, sensory needs and cognitive processing needs. Children exist within complex social environments, including family, school, and other social institutions, and constantly learn to interact at multiple levels (inside of themselves and inside of environments they are moving in). Consequently, a person's ever changing social & cultural repertoire, as well their neurotype and their own individual value system must be considered when designing ACT and RFT interventions.  In addition, behaviour analysts have come under extreme criticism in recent years for not engaging in neuroaffirmative practices from many outside this field.  Whilst some within the field of contextual behavioural sciences may not always agree with these criticisms, there is a wealth of information to be learned from the neurodiversity movement, and some of the key pieces will briefly be outlined as they relate to our interventions. Listening to the lived experiences of the neurodivergent community, and engaging in scientific practice are not dichotomous positions.  These are critical parts of engaging in effective and workable collaborative practices going forward and bringing clients through their trajectories from places of verbal stuckness in language traps through to lives that are more psychologically flexible and in line with values based thriving.  This workshop will bring to life just how truly transdiagnostic and flexible ACT really is.

About the Workshop Leaders: 

Giovambattista (Nanni) Presti was trained as a Medical Doctor and attended a Clinical School in Psychotherapy as a post-doc, and received his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. As Associate Professor at Kore University in Enna, he coordinates the undergrad program in Psychology. Nanni has a broad experience of teaching and living outside Italy and helped establish the European Association for Behavior Analysis. Nanni founded and co-managed IESCUM, which has fostered the diffusion of CBS in Italy. He deepened my research interests in BA and ABA focusing on the early equivalence studies and then RFT. Alternating clinical and basic science interests, he encountered ACT at the turning of the millennium, after knowing its first steps. 

Sarah Cassidy, Ph.D., is an Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychologist and a chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of learning and emotional/behavioural difficulties with clinical populations. She is also the Founder and Director at The Smithsfield Clinic, a private practice in Ireland for children, adolescents and their families using largely ACT and RFT-based treatment methods. She has also worked as an educational psychologist within the Irish school system for the last 18 years, conducting assessments and advising parents and schools how to best support children with learning and behavioral challenges. In this context, she has developed classroom and school wide interventions for improving educational, behavioral and mental health outcomes. Dr. Cassidy is a Peer-Reviewed ACT trainer and trains psychotherapists and allied professionals in both professional and post-graduate settings throughout Ireland. She received her Ph.D in the field of Relational Frame Theory and its articulation with intellectual development. She was author of the first empirical demonstration of the positive effects of intensive derived relational responding skill interventions on intelligence (Cassidy, Roche & Hayes, 2011), and has co-authored several papers since that have validated and extended this effect. Dr. Cassidy is a very experienced workshop leader and has delivered over 30 workshops worldwide in the domains of ACT, RFT, educational and counselling psychology. She is co-founder of Relational Frame Training Ltd, which developed the online SMART training software. She continues to conduct research in this area in an effort to keep pace with the ever changing needs of modern humans. She is a professional member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (where she is also the chairperson of the membership committee) and a panel member of the National Educational Psychological Service (SCPA) in Ireland. Finally, her forthcoming book, co-authored with Dr. Lisa Coyne, Tired of Anxiety: A Guide to Living Your Life Anyway, Written Especially for Children, is forthcoming in Fall 2022 from Pavilion Press.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Learners can expect to achieve clearer understanding of why incorporating ACT + RFT into more traditional behaviour analytic interventions may be necessary.
- Learners can expect to understand how to employ Multiple Exemplar Training to design more effective flexible interventions that can be tailored across different age groups and clinical presentions.
- Learners can expect to learn how language impacts on mental health outcomes across different ages, contexts and neurotypes.
- Learners can expect to bring home some practicable tools for delivering behavioural interventions in neuroaffirmative ways that are also in line with the scientific evidence.
*Please note that if neuroaffirmative practice is new to learners, they will likely wish to do an entire training just on this important area.

Target audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists

 

staff_1

Mastering Compassion Focused Practice from The Inside Out: An Experiential Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training

Mastering Compassion Focused Practice from The Inside Out: An Experiential Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training

 

Mastering Compassion Focused Practice from The Inside Out: An Experiential Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training

Presented in English, also available for session attendees (in Buenos Aires) via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software in Spanish and Portuguese. More details available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(13 total contact hours)

Workshop Leaders:

Dennis Tirch Ph.D.

Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Psy.D.

Manuela O'Connell, Lic.

Workshop Description: 

Mindful Compassion. We all know it is an important part of the therapeutic alliance, but how can we reliably awaken and cultivate compassion for ourselves and others, enhancing our psychological flexibility and quality of life in the process? Recent advances in psychological research, theory and practice have suggested that compassion may be one of the most important elements in psychotherapeutic effectiveness. Training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) can help you unlock this potential therapeutic power of compassion-based interventions. In this workshop, you will discover how CFT can offer us cutting-edge mindfulness, self-compassion and psychotherapy techniques, learning CFT from the inside out.

This workshop is designed to be an experiential introduction to CFT, with a special emphasis on Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), the mindfulness and imagery practices found in CFT. Participants will walk through a workshop sized CMT group process, learning CFT through personal experience, and working with their own processes and struggle. Compassionate mind imagery and meditative techniques will be linked to specific psychotherapy interventions, so that what you learn from within can be simply applied with clients. 

Over the course of this two-day workshop, you will explore how cultivating mindfulness and compassion can result in powerful change in your life, as well as how to masterfully deploy these techniques in the psychotherapy consultation room. Participants will engage in didactic learning, experiential self-practice, and role-play practice, in this personal journey into compassionate mind training, that is a new frontier in engaged psychotherapy training in compassion. For thousands of years, wisdom traditions have used mindfulness, acceptance and compassion-based training as a platform to transform the mind. Developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, CFT puts these processes in your hands, drawing on rigorous behavioral psychology, neuroscience and
evolutionary theory. 

This workshop will be delivered by internationally recognized experts in CFT and ACT, who have nearly a century of combined experience in working with compassion training, mediation, and contextual behavioral science. Dr. Dennis Tirch and Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch, CFT and ACT thought leaders and originators of Compassion Focused ACT (CFACT) will co-lead this
workshop with ACT, FAP and CFACT integration pioneer, Dr. Manuela O’Connell. This training is specifically designed to help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other behavior therapy practitioners deepen their understanding and practice CFT. Experiential learning of CFT from the inside out is an essential component of CFT mastery, and this workshop can serve as a foundation for the renewal and enlivening of your practice and your approach.

About the Workshop Leaders: 

Dr. Dennis Tirch is the Founding Director of The Center for CFT in New York; President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation, USA; Past-President and Fellow of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and an Associate Clinical Professor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Dr Tirch is the author of seven books, and numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion in psychology. Dr Tirch regularly conducts Compassion Focused ACT and CFT trainings & workshops globally. He is also a Dharma Holder and lay teacher of Zen Buddhism; a Diplomate, Fellow & Certified Consultant for The Academy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a Founding Fellow and Past President of both the NYC-CBT association & NYC-ACBS. Dr. Tirch serves as a mindfulness, wellness and performance coach to leading figures in business, science and policy design. Dr. Tirch regularly presents workshops and trainings globally, in person and via video-conference. His
work has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.

Dr. Laura Silberstein is the Director of The Center for CFT in New York and board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, USA. She has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr Silberstein-Tirch is the co-author of four books, including How to Be Nice To Yourself. Dr Silberstein-Tirch regularly conducts trainings and workshops on Compassion Focused ACT and CFT internationally. She is a Past President of NYC-ACBS & Compassion Focused SIG of ACBS. Dr. Silberstein-Tirch is a founding member and Past President of the Women of ACBS SIG.


Dr. Manuela O’Connell is a clinical psychologist specialized in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy and Compassion. She is a peer reviewed ACT trainer and Fellow of ACBS. Dr. O’Connell has private practice and regular training programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a board President of ACL Foundation (Live with Awareness, Courage and Love).  Dr. O’Connell is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (MMTCP- training program through UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield Accredited by IMTA.org). Dr. O’Connell also offers
Mindfulness programs for general public and have offered a Mindfulness and Psychotherapy course oriented in CBS for 8 years and done several conferences on the topic of Mindfulness and CBS. She has been involved also  in body work and somatic training for the last 30 years and is a certified Eutony teacher. Dr. O’Connell is the author of a general public book Una Vida Valiosa
from Random House, Penguin, co-author of the ACT for Anger Workbook and The Heart of ACT with Dr. Robyn Walser.

After this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the foundational evolutionary model of compassion, mindfulness and emotion used in CFT.
  2. Use the CFT "Three Circle Model" of emotion regulation in clinical contexts.
  3. Understand and be able to discuss and utilize Social Mentality Theory in psychotherapy and in scalable interventions.
  4. Utilize the therapeutic relationship to create a context of relational safeness in the therapy room as a part of CFT process
  5. Outline and implement a CFT model of functional analysis of interpersonal exchanges in psychotherapy, using the therapist's response to shape client behavior.
  6. Discuss the multiple self-model and intervention set in CFT
  7. Have a working knowledge of multiple-self dialogue work in CFT
  8. Identify and embody the 12 competencies of compassion, experientially training patients in using these elements.
  9. Use a working knowledge of specific therapist micro-skills and active therapy processes that can lead to greater flexibility and adaptive responding in the moment.
  10. Deploy a range of specific techniques that are focused on cultivating the competencies of compassion in the therapy relationship.

    Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Clinical

    Components: Conceptual analysis, Literature review, Experiential exercises, Didactic presentation, Role play

    Topic Areas (primary): Compassion Focused Therapy

    Topic Areas (secondary): Other

    Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance

    CEs Available (13 hours): CEs for Psychologists

staff_1

Pricing and local Economy

Pricing and local Economy

ACBS is committed to hosting our events in a variety of locations in service of our membership.  Each location comes with its own set of unique opportunities and challenges.  We are very excited to be hosting our first ACBS World Conference in South America.  With the annual movement of our conference we have historically navigated a number of new circumstances that each new location brings.  This year is no exception and the beauty and vibrancy of Buenos Aires will certainly make this an event to remember, but due to their current economic challenges we will have a few changes to our "standard" registration procedures.

  1. For those living in Low and Middle Income nations (which currently includes all nations in South America) ACBS provides discounted registration rates.  
  2. Registration rates, when announced, will be set and collected in US Dollars.  We typically try to establish our rates based on the local currency, but for the sake of stability, we must use a currency outside of the Argentinian Peso.  Establishing costs in US Dollars is commonly done by other companies, and even some businesses within Argentina.
  3. Argentinians will have the option to pay locally and keep their currency in Argentinian Pesos.  The exact method we will use for this is still to be implemented as we are working with a local partner in Buenos Aires to make this possible.  This will help to avoid currency conversion fees for all.
  4. Exact registration rate announcement may be delayed.  Because of the shifting economy and exchange rates in Argentina, most vendors are unwilling to provide a quote for something so far in the future.  Vendors usually quote in Argentinian Pesos, and can't predict what that amount will/should be in July.  So far, we have mostly only been able to get estimates like "if the event was held next month.....".  For those who have attended our event before, you can expect registration rates to be similar or lower than last year.  We could set a rate today, but to cover all possible eventualities it would have to be relatively high.  If it's possible for us to have more exact pricing, we can set our prices closer to actual costs in an effort to make the conference more affordable (especially for those in South America). (If rate announcement delays are a barrier to your participation, please reach out to ACBS staff and we will work to provide something that could work for you (e.g., you need to submit cost estimates to your employer).)
  5. Scholarship opportunities. ACBS always has some conference scholarships available.  You can learn more about them here and their deadlines.
admin

Travel information

Travel information admin

Airfare Discount with SkyTeam to Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE airport)

Airfare Discount with SkyTeam to Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE airport)

We’re pleased to announce that SkyTeam is our Official Alliance Network for air travel. We would like to offer you seamless air travel via SkyTeam Global Meetings to our event. Our registered Global Meetings event offers you attractive airfares. By booking and buying your airline ticket via the dedicated link below, you will benefit from:

  • Savings – take advantage of exclusive discounts up to 15% in both Business and Economy Class; no fee for your online bookings.
  • Convenience – book the most convenient itinerary online with any of the 19 SkyTeam member airlines.
  • Reward Miles – earn Miles on your frequent flyer program of a SkyTeam member airline and save on your future travels.

 

Interested in offsetting the carbon impact of your flight?  Sustainable Travel or Carbon Fund offer you the ability to donate to offset your carbon footprint from your flight ($6-$80 depending on flight length and which program). Please note, there are many other good carbon-offsetting programs through other organizations. These options are mentioned for your convenience.

admin

Airport transfer

Airport transfer

Private Transfer:private car

There are a number of companies that have private transfer service from EZE airport to the city center. This is one

Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport Taxis and Transfers | Book Online (welcomepickups.com)

This one above was used by an ACBS staff member with great success.  They were on time, met inside the terminal with name on a sign/tablet, communicated frequently via What's App.  (Instructions about downloading their app and connecting via What's App, etc. were all well detailed in emails received prior to flying.) 

Your driver may or may not only speak Spanish, but even if they don't speak your language, with a private transfer you are able to indicate your drop off destination online so little communication is needed.

40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

This is another option suggested by locals:

https://vanalaeropuerto.com/

https://taxisejecutivo.com.ar/

(Note, you may see a reference to a "Remis", which is a pre-paid, fixed rate taxi.

Taxis:

Taxis are available and plentiful and slightly less expensive than a private transfer, but please note that taxis only accept cash (pesos). We recommend that you DO NOT change dollars/reis/euros/pounds/etc. at the money changing booths in the airport. They give low rates of exchange AND charge an additional service fee. Instead, find an ATM (cajero) in the arrivals lobby of the airport (directly in front of the McDonald's near the shops) and extract what you need. 

Taxi drivers have mixed reviews.  Many have no problem with them, others report that drivers don't turn on the meter, etc.

40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

Bus:

This option is the least expensive but will take you approximately 1.5-2 hours to arrive in the city center. You need to have a Sube card to ride. (You can purchase a Sube card at the ""open 25hs" drugstore in the public area of the arrival hall at EZE airport.)

Shared shuttle:shuttle bus

There are a few companies who offer an hourly shuttle service (double check that the times work for your flight, they may not operate 24 hours per day).  This is usually 1/2 or less than half of the cost of a private car.  They drop you to a center point in the city, so you may still need a taxi to reach your final destination. 

 

The Ezeiza Airport » Madero Terminal route will get you the closest to the conference venue. 

Lion Store (tiendaleon.com)

Other information:

EZE airport has free, accessible wifi so that you should be able to communicate as soon as you land.

Note, a 9:00am airplane touchdown, resulted in being out of the airport by 9:30am.  It of course can't be guaranteed that it will always be that fast, but it could be.  Also note, after immigration and luggage collection all luggage is scanned once more before exiting the airport.  This final scan is actually a scan looking for excessive goods that may be sold or brought in to avoid tax. (A bag full of boxed, new shoes, 5 laptops, etc. is what they are looking for at that scan.) 

A few sites with more details. 

6 Buenos Aires Airport Transportation Options (EZE) - LandingPadBA

How getting from Ezeiza Buenos Aires airport to Buenos Aires (secretsofbuenosaires.com)

admin

Amazing Buenos Aires

Amazing Buenos Aires

 

More to know about Buenos Aires

 

Buenos Aires is incredibly creative.

Any kind of creativity is encouraged, no matter how incomplete, how raw, or how different. Because it is not only NOT illegal but also socially acceptable, artists in BA have been able to create an outdoor museum of incredible street art. No trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without experiencing the sensuous rhythms of the tango. The Teatro Colon in the city center, one of the world’s most magnificent opera houses. Overall, the art and culture scene is remarkably vibrant — you will want to check it out.

There are so many interesting places to visit in Buenos Aires.

The 'La Boca' Neighborhood is a must see. The most famous street for this colorful architecture is Caminito, a pedestrianized street lined with brightly painted buildings, art displays, and tango performances. Consider taking a tango lesson while you're in Buenos Aires!

Spend a leisurely afternoon in one of Buenos Aires’ trendy neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo. Recoleta is known for its elegant architecture and the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Perón. Whereas Palermo offers a hip atmosphere with stylish boutiques, lush parks, and a thriving food scene.

Buenos Aires has some excellent museums, but if you’re going to hit up one tourist attraction in the city, make it Recoleta Cemetery, located in the elite enclave of Recoleta.

Visit the cobblestone and artsy neighborhood of San Telmo (within walking distance of the conference venue) to see this every evolving area of Buenos Aires that dates back to the 1600s.

Buenos Aires is also known as the bookstore capital of the world, with an unbelievable 380 shops across the city (that’s 25 for every 100,000 residents, making it the city with the most bookstores per capita in the world). The most famous is El Ateno Grand Splendid, a 1919 theater that was converted into a bookstore but still maintains its gorgeous ceiling frescos, carved balcony seats, and red curtains (behind those curtains you’ll now find the café and reading area).

Visit the Sunday morning/afternoon ferias that pop up in public spaces all over the city.  The vendors bring goods and art to sell and show off at these "street fairs" all over the city.  Local foods are always available.  Recoleta has a large one, and a bit further out you can explore the popular Feria de Matadores.  Some ferias include music and dancing.  Most neighborhoods in the city center have feria stalls you can explore.

The Local Public Transit System is affordable.

You are able to get around the city by bus and subway very affordably and easily. You can find more detailed information to access public transportation here.

The Food is delicious.

Argentina is renowned for serving some of the finest steaks in the world, and Buenos Aires is no exception. Meat eaters should have lunch at one of the many "Parillas" places.... those are Argentinian barbecue restaurants. (pronounced in Spanish as "par-ee-ya-s" or by locals may sound like "par-ee-j/sh-a-s") They serve fresh, wonderful cuts of meat, low seasoned to retain flavor. You can order your steak rare, medium, or well-done. You'll want to go into the restaurant knowing the different cuts (found here), Argentine Food Menu - Argentinian Steakhouse, in order to know what you are ordering. You'll likely also order salad and french fries.

Argentina wine is also word renowned.

Other must try items: Empanadas, alfajores (cookies, pronounced "alfa-hor-ehs"), dulce de leche (sweetened condensed, carmelised milk).

The Weather is almost always great.

Buenos Aires has what’s called a humid subtropical climate, which means that extreme temperatures are rare. The winter (July) average is 55ºF (13ºC) – and it doesn’t rain too much year round. What this means is that no matter what time of year you go, the weather will be generally pleasant, allowing you to see everything you want!

Other parts of Argentina are also worth exploring.

ln search for a weekend or side trip while in Argentina? Take the Ferry to Colonia in Uruguay, or take a trip to Montevideo, Patagonia, or Córdoba.  

staff_1

Childcare in Buenos Aires

Childcare in Buenos Aires

children smilingACBS is unable to offer a group childcare option, but we have found a few options that may work for you.

https://www.buenosairesbabysitting.com/ - based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • We emailed this company and they mentioned that you can do a video call with your assigned sitter before the day, their sitters are all bilingual, and they prepare art boxes with activities prior to the date of care.  
  • They cost approx. $20 USD per hour for one child, 3 hour minimum, for childcare services, and can happily share more details with you via email.  (I emailed them through their site above and they replied with a lot of detail within a few hours.)

https://worldclassnannies.com/ - based out of Portland, Oregon

  • If you are interested in learning more or getting a quote, you can fill out their request form here:
 
A list of potential providers and additional information about child care is included above. Note that this is a referral list and in no way suggests a recommendation or endorsement. ACBS does not recommend or endorse any child care facility or provider, nor can we assure you of the quality of care.
admin

Hotel Information

Hotel Information
ACBS does not have a specific hotel room block for the 2024 World Conference.

(we apologize, but due to fluctuating currency values it is not possible for ACBS to "freeze" a rate to offer registrants)

Here are a few recommended hotel options within walking distance to Pontifical Catholic University, Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1600 (UCA). (click to view mapped location of conference)

Almarena Madero Urbano Studios (4 star hotel, 5 minute walk to UCA)

Believe Madero Hotel (4 star hotel, 4 minute walk to UCA)

Own Madero (4 star hotel, 10 minute walk to UCA)

Kenton Palace Buenos Aires (4 star hotel, 17 minute walk to UCA)

Hotel Madero (4.5 star hotel in Puerto Madero - 7 minute walk to UCA)

Hilton Buenos Aires (5 star hotel in Puerto Madero, 21 minute walk to UCA) 

Numerous other hotel and Airbnb options are accessible in Buenos Aires. Please note that ACBS is unable to offer local conference busing this year due to the costs of private motor coaches, but public transportation and taxis are affordable. 

Local insights from Buenos Aires ACBS members: 

  • For great experiences in different parts of the city, we recommend staying in the vibrant neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta, Retiro, Soho, Hollywood, and Las Cañitas.
staff_1

Local transportation information

Local transportation information

Local buses and Subway

To ride a local bus or the subway you need to purchase a plastic Sube card. (pronounced like the English words "sue" and "bay" combined). You can buy the card in any subway station and in some Kiosko shops. (Kiosko shops with gum, candy, drinks, cigarettes, and are all over the place.) The cards are sold empty (no value). Finding a place that sold the card what the most difficult step in the whole process (but not really that difficult).  I recommend asking at your hotel where you can purchase one. You can use the card for more than one person on the same trip.  (So if you're always traveling with a friend, you don't each need your own card.) We have detailed information here about how to add money to a Sube card.

A number of Kioskos have a machine for reloading the Sube card with credit. They don't necessarily also sell the card. (They may even have a sign that says "Sube" out front. You set your card on the pad on the machine, and work your way through the menus to add value. The menu is ONLY in Spanish. The machine I was on only accepted 100, 200, 500 peso notes, nothing larger. I selected the amount and fed in the note, and that was it. Then I removed my card from the pad. Many rides are as low as 42 pesos. You get on a bus, tell the driver the name of the street you will be exiting at ("Las Heras" for example) and tap your card flat at the machine in the bus. The driver will set it to charge your card the right amount. The screen will also tell you how much value you have left on the card. If you have to transfer to a new bus, you must tap your card each time you get on a new bus. Between transfer stations on the subway, you likely can get to the other platform without exiting the station, which means you won't have to pay again. The same card can be used for subway and the bus. At one subway station, I was directed to go out and go to a Loteria (lottery) store to purchase my card. ("Una tarjeta de Sube, con 500 pesos en valor." That will get you a card with 500 pesos of credit added to it. As of May 2023, the cost of the card (empty) was 490. You can also recharge your card at Subway (subte) stops (not bus stops).

People usually line up at bus stops. It's polite and orderly.  If you are at a busy stop where multiple buses come, look carefully at the bus to see which bus it is. (I noticed some buses seemed to have 3 different, huge numbers on them and I wasn't sure which I should look at.) As you're entering the bus, on the left side of the doors, bus exterior, there will be a black and white/silver large sticker with the bus route number. Look at this to verify that you're getting on the correct bus that you need.

The buses and subway are reliable, but don't necessarily follow an exact, minute by minute schedule. So the next bus may be 5-10 minutes off from when you expect it. Large bus stops (like on Colon) have a sign with approximate times, and which bus is coming next.

You can find bus and subway (subte) maps online.  I found that to figure out the route and bus number I needed, Google Maps is quite accurate.  (I got on the wrong bus before I figured out which bus number I should be looking at, so I just looked at my location on Google Maps to see what direction I was going, saw where there were many bus stops, got off there, then got on a different bus to get me where I needed to go.  Saw a cool part of the city too!) The bus rides are about 10-20 cents ($.10-$.20 USD) so it's not an expensive mistake to get on the wrong bus, and you can get anywhere.  I'm a big fan of the bus system. 

The subway (subte) system is great too (and predictable/easy to use if you've ever ridden the subway in another city), but fewer stops so you'll likely do a little more walking on either end of your trip. Have your card with you, scan it on the turnstile/entry gate to walk through.  Go the the train platform you need by looking at the name of the last stop on the train line, in the direction you need to go.  Time until the next train arrival will appear on the electronic sign on the train platform. You can count the number of stops you need, or look for the name of the stop as you enter each station.  Scan your card again upon exit.

Bicycles

Bicycle lanes are plentiful and bikes are available for rental on the street. (You can't check one out for the whole day, it's intended as transportation as point A to point B. Use the app, load on the money, then scan the qr code to check out a bike. app tells you where other bike return stands are, and how many bikes are there.) There is a bike rental location very close outside of the UCA conference building.

Taxis/Uber/Cabify

Taxis are plentiful, you can probably find one driving around. 

I like the idea of an app and knowing if a taxi is charging me the regular or "tourist" price. Cabify was recommended to me, as you can opt to pay in cash if you prefer, but I had difficultly with it (it asked me for an Argentinian ID number that I don't have, so I was stuck... it's possible I did something wrong though).  It's probably worth a try.

Uber may be more expensive, but you can call one on the app.  Here are some other taxi/app tips.

Plotting your desired destination in Google Maps and showing it to your Taxi/Car driver may be helpful if your Spanish is limited.

Airport Transfer

A private care hire or taxi/uber are your most convenient and fastest.  They will cost $35-$45 USD most likely.  When traffic is good, this is a 30 minute trip from EZE airport to downtown.

There are other shuttle services, or even public buses, but you will wait for others, and make multiple stops.  This is one shuttle company.  These are viable options and you'll need to weigh the costs/benefits in terms of time and money.  (They note that the public bus can take up to 2 hours on a busy day.)

Something else to keep in mind, if you don't use a private car and instead hail a taxi/uber to return to the airport.  There is a tollroad and a mandatory airport surcharge added to the taxi fare.  Also, if it's rush hour they charge more because the 30 minute ride can instead take 70+ minutes.  (I left for the airport at about 5:00pm on a Friday.  The road to the airport is the same road everyone else in Buenos Aires takes to get out of town for the weekend, so it can be truly slow.  Getting into town in the morning was pretty quick.)  I mention all of this only so that you can plan ahead, and so that you're not surprised by a taxi fare that may seem higher than you expected.

Additional, detailed airport transfer information is available here.

 

(Info according to a May 2023 trip to Argentina by Emily Rodrigues, from North America.)

Do you have any corrections or additions to add to this information? If so, please email ACBS or post it as a comment below and we'll do our best to incorporate the most up to date and accurate information.

admin

How to add money to a Sube card

How to add money to a Sube card

After purchasing a Sube card (which works on city buses and the subway), you may need to recharge it.  To do that go to a "Kiosko" or a newspaper/candy shop. 

You'll see the blue, square "Sube" sign.   Then you'll see the blue machine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tap the "Recargas y pagos" button, which means "recharge and pay (cash)".  Note some machings only take certain bills.  (This one only accepted, $100, $200, $500, as seen in the yellow/green note at the top of the image. Money exchanges may only give you $1,000 bills, so you may need to purchase something to get some small bills.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It then asks you to put your card on the pad below (noted with the yellow arrow below), then press the orange "siguiente" (or "continue") to proceed. (You'll need to leave your card on the pad until the translation is fully complete.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a few seconds for it to connect to and read your card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The machine will then show you how much money you have left on the card (red arrow), and give you the opportunity to enter how much you would like to add (yellow arrow).  Click on the "0.00" to then type in how much you'd like to add.  The machine does not give change and will not accept coins. After entering the amount click the orange "pagar" button in the corner to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The machine will then prompt you to feed in your peso bills/notes via the slot below where it says "Billetes" (that means "pesos/bills"). It will then process the money and add it to your card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon completion you will see the new total value on your card (yellow arrow) and a receipt should come out for you lower down.  You can click "terminado" to tell the machine you are finished. DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR RECHARGED CARD FROM THE PAD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any corrections or additions to add to this information?  If so, please email ACBS or post it as a comment below and we'll do our best to incorporate the most up to date and accurate information.

admin

Room Share/ Ride Share

Room Share/ Ride Share

Please use this page to find hotel roommates or rides for the 2024 ACBS World Conference (25-28 July) and/or pre-conference workshops (23-24 July).

Please be sure to post a "check-in" and "check-out" date in your posting and if you already have a room reserved or not (and where).  If you are interested in sharing a ride to/ from the airport make sure you include your arrival and departure information. 

To post your need: click "add new comment" (which appears in blue above). It is recommended that you list your email address so that you may be contacted directly, but that is up to you.

To respond to a posting: click "reply" at the bottom of a post, and your reply will appear on this page (you may want to give your email address so that you may be contacted directly).

Example Post: 

Hello,

I will be arriving in Buenos Aires on July 23 and leaving on Sunday the 28th. I am looking for a female roommate to share a room with. I already have a standard room (with 2 double beds) reserved at the XXX hotel.

If you are interested please email me at Donotreply@thisisanexample.com

Thank you,

Fellow traveler

Example Reply: 

Hello,

I will also be attending the conference on those days, and am looking for a roommate.

I will email you so we can discuss the possibility of sharing a room.

Thanks!

When your need has been met, please go back to your comment (be sure you are logged in) and click "edit", and delete the content of your post. (admin is the only one who can delete the post entirely, but if you have deleted all of the content, I'll know to delete the post) Otherwise people will just keep contacting you....

Click "Contact Us" above in the header of the site for feedback or assistance.

Please note that it becomes the responsibility of each participant in the program to communicate with and to work out an agreement with a potential room sharer. ACBS's role is strictly limited to the maintenance of this website page who have signified interest in the program and will maintain the page but will not (a) screen participants, (b) make any determination as to the appropriateness of any resulting room share, or (c) represent that any room share which may follow use of the service will prove to be satisfactory to the participants.

staff_1

WC2024 Languages/ Interpretation

WC2024 Languages/ Interpretation

More than half of the World Conference sessions and all Pre-Conference workshops accessible in 3 languages.

 

The 2024 ACBS World Conference is accepting submissions in 3 languages.

English
 

Call for Submissions

The ACBS Program Committee encourages and will accept submissions (all submission types) for presentation in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. 

Presentations/Workshops

More than half of the World Conference sessions and all Pre-Conference workshops accessible in 3 languages.

23-24 July 2024, all Pre-Conference, Intensive workshops will be offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software. (Use of this browser-based translation system requires attendees to have a smart phone, and wired or wireless headphones, that can connect to Wi-Fi.)

25-28 July 2024, the ACBS World Conference will have sessions at all times offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

25-27 July, all plenaries and 1 presentation room will be accessible in English, Spanish, and Portuguese via professional, in-person translators (using provided headset/receiver equipment for sound). (Sessions chosen for this translation will be based on anticipated attendance/interest.)

25-28 July, 7 presentation rooms (and the large plenary session room) will be accessible in English, Spanish, and Portuguese via simultaneous AI (artificial intelligence) translation software.  (Use of this browser-based translation system requires attendees to have a smart phone and wired/wireless headphones.)


Más de la mitad de los períodos de sesiones de la Conferencia Mundial y todos los talleres previos a la Conferencia están disponibles en 3 idiomas.

La Conferencia Mundial ACBS 2024 tendrá contenidos en 3 idiomas.

Español

Portugués

Inglés

Convocatoria de presentaciones

El Comité del Programa ACBS alienta y aceptará presentaciones (todo tipo de presentaciones) para presentaciones en español, portugués e inglés.

Presentaciones/Talleres

Más de la mitad de los períodos de sesiones de la Conferencia Mundial y todos los talleres previos a la Conferencia están disponibles en 3 idiomas.

Del 23 al 24 de julio de 2024, todos los talleres intensivos previos a la conferencia se ofrecerán en inglés, español y portugués a través de un software de traducción simultánea de IA (inteligencia artificial). (El uso de este sistema de traducción basado en navegador requiere que los asistentes tengan un teléfono inteligente y auriculares con cable o inalámbricos que puedan conectarse a Wi-Fi).

Del 25 al 28 de julio de 2024, la Conferencia Mundial de la ACBS tendrá sesiones en todo momento en inglés, español y portugués.

Del 25 al 27 de julio, se podrá acceder a todas las sesiones plenarias y 1 sala de presentaciones en inglés, español y portugués a través de traductores profesionales en persona (utilizando el equipo de auriculares/receptores provistos para el sonido). (Las sesiones elegidas para esta traducción se basarán en la asistencia/interés previstos).

Del 25 al 28 de julio, se podrá acceder a 7 salas de presentación (y la gran sala de sesiones plenarias) en inglés, español y portugués a través de un software de traducción simultánea de IA (inteligencia artificial).  (El uso de este sistema de traducción basado en navegador requiere que los asistentes tengan un teléfono inteligente y auriculares con cable/inalámbricos).


Mais da metade das sessões da Conferência Mundial e todos os workshops Pré-Conferência acessíveis em 3 idiomas.

A Conferência Mundial ACBS 2024 terá conteúdo em 3 idiomas.

Espanhol

Português

Inglês

Chamada para inscrições

O Comitê do Programa ACBS incentiva e aceitará inscrições (todos os tipos de inscrição) para apresentação em espanhol, português e inglês.

Apresentações/Workshops

Mais da metade das sessões da Conferência Mundial e todos os workshops Pré-Conferência acessíveis em 3 idiomas.

De 23 a 24 de julho de 2024, todos os workshops intensivos pré-conferência serão oferecidos em inglês, espanhol e português por meio de software de tradução simultânea de IA (inteligência artificial). (O uso desse sistema de tradução baseado em navegador exige que os participantes tenham um smartphone e fones de ouvido com ou sem fio que possam se conectar ao Wi-Fi.)

De 25 a 28 de julho de 2024, a Conferência Mundial da ACBS terá sessões sempre oferecidas em inglês, espanhol e português.

De 25 a 27 de julho, todas as plenárias e 1 sala de apresentação serão acessíveis em inglês, espanhol e português por meio de tradutores profissionais e presenciais (usando o equipamento de fone de ouvido/receptor fornecido para som). (As sessões escolhidas para esta tradução serão baseadas na presença/interesse previsto.)

De 25 a 28 de julho, 7 salas de apresentação (e a grande sala de sessões plenárias) serão acessíveis em inglês, espanhol e português por meio de software de tradução simultânea de IA (inteligência artificial).  (O uso deste sistema de tradução baseado em navegador requer que os participantes tenham um smartphone e fones de ouvido com fio/sem fio.)

 

admin

WC2024 Program

WC2024 Program

*This page is under construction

Check out the first draft of the daily schedule:


Haven't registered for the conference yet? Find out more about rates and registration here.


Please learn more about our fantastic 2024 Program Committee here.

ACBS staff

Program Committee

Program Committee

2024 Program Committee Co-Chairs

Mônica Valentim

Monica Valentim is a Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer, and the founder and former president of the Brazil Chapter of ACBS. She is also the director of Ceconte, Brazilian Center for Contextual Behavioral Science, which has trained hundreds of people in Brazil and outside on ACT, FAP and RFT.

 

Jeanette Villanueva

Jae Villanueva is a psychotherapist, researcher and co-founder of the Swiss Institute for Sustainable Health in Zurich, Switzerland. While her resesarch focus is centered around social interactions, values and committed action in the daily life of transdiagnostic patients, she is also passionate about climate change, feminism, and the intersection of the two. 

 

If you have questions about 2024 World Conference submission(s), please contact Jeanette or Monica

 

staff_1

Conference FAQ

Conference FAQ

General Information about the ACBS World Conference

Based on member/attendee feedback and technical limitations of our venue in Buenos Aires, we will not have a live virtual or hybrid component to this year's ACBS World Conference.

admin

How do I sign up for individual sessions/workshops during the conference?

How do I sign up for individual sessions/workshops during the conference?

All sessions during the ACBS World Conference are open to all paid conference attendees.

You don't have to sign up for individual sessions.  You just go to the session/workshop you are interested in. 

ACBS attempts to put the most popular sessions into the largest rooms, but sometimes the room assignment is too small for the interest.  We apologize if a room is full before you arrive. Please consider arriving a few minutes early to your "must have" sessions.

(Note: Pre-Conference Workshops do require pre-registration and a separate fee to attend.)

admin

How much do workshops cost during the World Conference?

How much do workshops cost during the World Conference?

Workshops given during the World Conference are free of charge.

(Note: Pre-Conference Intensive workshops have a separate fee and registration.)

admin

Poster Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

Please consider using this innovative poster format, as we believe it will increase both efficiency and effectiveness in poster preparation and communication of data. (This format is not required, but strongly suggested.)

Find more information about this poster format here and download the template below

Poster template

Poster sessions facilitate a researcher to discuss their research for an extended period and allow attendees to select the presentations in which they are most interested. 

Poster size: no larger than 36 inches by 48 inches, or A0 size. A smaller size is also permitted. VERTICAL/PORTRAIT orientation required for 2024.

Please consider using an engaging poster format such as the one described here. This should aid you in reaching your audience and getting the conversation started about your work.

***Please note, we are unable to print posters for presenters (or pay for poster printing), so please come to the conference prepared with your printed poster.

Want to save money on poster printing?

There are a few free options that you can find online to print a large image across multiple "regular" pages. It will require a little bit of trimming/scissor work, but these pages and some tape can save you some money if this is a barrier for you. Examples:

https://medium.com/idomongodb/tip-of-the-day-how-to-print-a-large-image-onto-multiple-pages-3d7564499c73

https://suncatcherstudio.com/block-poster/

 

Poster Session Information

Each poster area will include a number in the upper corner corresponding to the poster’s listed number found in the program. Poster presenters should arrive at the poster display area 15 minutes before the scheduled beginning of their poster session to set up their display materials. No electrical outlets or audio-visual equipment will be provided in the poster area. At the end of the session, your poster must be taken down and removed from the areas. 

Magnets, tacks, or sticky putty will be provided for hanging your poster materials; if your poster requires any special materials that cannot be mounted via magnets or blue a painter's tape, it can not be displayed (per venue rules).

During the session, your materials should be on display and you and your co-authors should be available to discuss the materials and answer questions. At least one author must be present at the poster during the presentation period.

ACBS staff

Sponsorship

Sponsorship

ACBS has now organized their recognition program to provide one simple level of sponsorship. Do your organizational practices align with the mission of ACBS? If so, we would like to partner with you! 

Audience
The ACBS World Conference is made up of psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, counselors, health researchers, language researchers, behavior analysts, teachers, organizational psychologists, students, and more.

Benefits
Access to the largest audience of CBS practitioners and researchers. Your company name will be in front of this specialty audience of professionals and students. Build and expand your brand awareness with our audience through e-communications and in-person.
 

For your sponsorship, ACBS will provide the following benefits:

Company name and logo included on the ACBS website listing for Corporate Sponsors.
Company name and logo included in the conference online program and conference emails.
 

Interested in sponsoring or would you like more information? Please reach out to staff@contextualscience.org before May 15, 2024.

Don't Delay! There are a limited number of sponsorships available. 

staff_1

Tips for Submissions

Tips for Submissions

General:

  • Citing research and presenting data (original or a review of data) is highly encouraged for all submission types.

  • Make sure that your submission for a workshop/panel/etc. is appropriate for that format. Panel submissions that sound more like workshops are unlikely to be accepted and vice versa.

  • Submissions should weigh the value of diverse voices against too many presenters to make it coherent. ACBS encourages (and depending on topic may require) panels/workshops to include a diverse complement of presenters (demographic diversity as well as diversity in areas of expertise), but not to the detriment of a coherent, we'll crafted session. Please consider the practicality of coordinating a quality session among too many presenters.

  • Please accurately indicate if your submission is beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Please craft your submission to fit the audience you indicate. You do not have a better chance of being accepted if you choose all 3.

  • If your expertise is in a very narrow area (ex. 55-57 year olds with trauma history), we encourage you to craft your workshop/panel submission to meet the needs of a wider audience. Your examples/demonstrations should of course be from your area of expertise, but we encourage that your abstract and title be accessible to more potential attendees.

  • Make sure your abstract is clear and well written (have multiple people proofread it before submitting). Unclear or poorly written abstracts have a lower chance of being accepted.

  • Make sure your abstract explains skills or information an attendee will walk away with at the conclusion.

  • Background like “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a behavioral-based…..” isn’t necessary in your abstract. If you feel you need to persuade reviewers that your topic is important (but that background information isn’t relevant for an abstract to entice attendance) please add that to the “additional information” field at the end of the submission form.

  • Create actual educational objectives - what the attendees should be able to do as a result of attending your session. (Read the examples/descriptions of what an objective is in the submission form before writing yours.)

  • Post-test questions (required so that Continuing Education credit may be earned by those watching recordings of the live sessions), can often be developed (at least in part) from your education objectives. You can do up to 2 true/false questions and the remainder need to be multiple choice.  These questions don't have to be "extra tricky", they're just intended to gauge comprehension of information presented.

Specific to Workshops:

  • Be realistic about what you are going to be able to do in the time available and about the time you need (don’t try to squeeze a 2 hour workshop into a 1 hour slot; adjust for the time).

  • Workshops should not be didactic with a single exercise included at the end. This is a common mistake. Please consider multiple components (experiential exercises, role-plays, case conceptualizations, etc.) to make your workshop more appealing and useful. These should be woven thoughtfully throughout your workshop.

  • Consider the unique opportunities available in the online format (if applying to present online). Not only can you plan for break out rooms, you can create polls, and ask people to indicate understanding/interest through the use of emoticons (thumbs up, etc.).

ACBS staff

Virtual/ hybrid not available in 2024

Virtual/ hybrid not available in 2024

Based on member/attendee feedback and technical limitations of our venue (less reliable and low bandwidth) in Buenos Aires, we will not have a live virtual or hybrid component to this year's ACBS World Conference.

We are attempting to determine other ways to share CBS virtually with our interested members at another time during the year, but this has not yet been determined or scheduled.

admin

Volunteer Opportunities during the World Conference

Volunteer Opportunities during the World Conference office_1

ACBS is a small staff association. We NEED volunteers to help us pull off the amazing event that is the ACBS World Conference.

If you have skills that could help us in Buenos Aires  - please let us know!

Important information:

  • We will accept volunteers based on their skill set match with conference needs and their intended time commitment/general flexibility.
  • Contacted volunteers will need to register for the ACBS World Conference before your spot will be confirmed.
  • Any financial discount for volunteering is done as a refund, and is paid upon the completion of volunteer activities.

If you have any questions please email Renae Visscher, office@contextualscience.org

What are Educational Objectives?

What are Educational Objectives?

Educational Objectives are required for sessions to be eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credit. 

Writing Educational Objectives (according to the APA)

  • Educational objectives, or learning outcomes, are statements that clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended an educational program or activity.

  • Educational objectives must be observable and measurable.

  • Educational objectives should (1) focus on the learner, and (2) contain action verbs that describe measurable behaviors

  • Verbs to consider when writing Educational objectives:

    • list, describe, recite, write
    • compute, discuss, explain, predict
    • apply, demonstrate, prepare, use
    • analyze, design, select, utilize
    • compile, create, plan, revise
    • assess, compare, rate, critique
  • Verbs to avoid when writing Educational objectives

    • know, understand, have
    • learn, appreciate
    • become aware of, become familiar with
  • Examples of well-written Educational objectives:

    • Implement traditional exposure-based interventions as adapted for an acceptance-based model.
    • Describe the role and significance of avoidance in the development and maintenance of psychopathology.
    • Conduct a full-scale values assessment with clients.
  • Examples of poor Educational Objectives:

    • Hear the latest research about ACT. (not learner-focused; not about measurable behaviors)
    • See a role-play. (not learner-focused; not about measurable behaviors)
ACBS staff

What does a Chairperson do?

What does a Chairperson do?

The Chairperson for a PANEL should prepare to briefly introduce each Panelist. Keep it brief and relevant, so as not to take up lots of precious session time. Introduce all Panelists at the beginning of the session. Panels vary in their format, some have each panelist give 10 minute presentations followed by a discussion/debate by the panelists, some require the Chair to pose pre-arranged questions, some feed solely off of audience questions. The Chair is responsible for knowing or establishing the format and facilitating it (perhaps by asking the questions or calling on the audience members). If the panel gets off track (or off topic) it's the Chair's responsibility to bring them back to the topic, and make sure that the Educational Objectives listed in the Program are met/covered. Please keep in mind though that the Chair is not a Panelist (unless they are scheduled in both roles) and should make sure not to speak at length. If the Q&A is still going strong at the end of the scheduled time period, please thank the presenters, and announce that if the audience has any more questions, the presenters may be able to give them a few minutes in the hallway for remaining questions. This is necessary if another session is starting in 15 minutes (so that the next presenters can begin to prepare in the room) and so that those audience members that need to leave can do so (without disrupting the session) at the conclusion of the time period. It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to make sure that the session begins on time. Please make sure you have a watch.

Here's another cool article about Panel chairing for some other tips.


The Chairperson for a SYMPOSIUM should prepare to briefly introduce each speaker, immediately prior to his/her presentation (this can be as minimal as Name, Affiliation, Paper title; or a little more substantive if desired, but still brief.) It is also your responsibility to monitor the timing of each speaker.  (Each session may have slightly different timing... if the session is 60 minutes, with 3 papers, each paper would be 10 minutes, then 15 minutes of time for the Discussant, followed by Q&A. If the session is 60 minutes with 4 papers, each paper would get 10 minutes, 10 minutes for the Discussant, and the remainder for questions.) If there is no Discussant, each presenter may have more time, or you can opt for a longer Q&A period.

Briefly tell each speaker, prior to the session something like "I'll keep the time on my watch. Each speaker has 10 minutes. I'll raise my hand in the back of the room when you have 5 minutes, and I'll raise my hand and hold up 1 finger when you have 1 minute left." You may put notecards on the lectern with the amount of time left, if you prefer. (The set up of the room may or may not permit this.) If the presenter does not stop at the end of their time, please kindly interrupt them (verbally), and ask them to wrap up so that the next presenter may begin.  (The audience will thank you!) The Question & Answer period for all papers should occur at the end of the session (not after each presentation). Please just make sure that everyone gets a fair and equal amount of time. (If the first person has a short talk, the extra time may be divided among the remaining speakers.) It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to make sure that the session begins on time. Please make sure you have a watch.

 

admin

What does a Discussant do?

What does a Discussant do?

A discussant is the final speaker in a SYMPOSIUM who highlights and integrates the contributions of various speakers in that symposium. That is, they use their expertise to provide a general commentary on individual papers within the session and explore how the papers (in relation to each other) help advance the topic. Discussants should plan to discuss the session for approximately 10 minutes, depending upon the time available, and then moderate questions from the audience. Discussants should directly request the papers (or at least the outlines) from the presenters before the conference, and prepare by reading related work prior to the conference.

admin

What is Chapter/SIG World Conference Submission Sponsorship?

What is Chapter/SIG World Conference Submission Sponsorship?

You can find the important details regarding Chapter/SIG Submission Sponsorship here.

office_1