ACT BootCamp for Behavior Analysts – Reno

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Mar 7 2019 - 8:30am - Mar 10 2019 - 5:15pm
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Steven C. Hayes, Evelyn Gould, Mark Dixon, David Sloan Wilson, Ramona Houmanfar, and more

Join us for this 4-day ACT BootCamp for Behavior Analysts workshop in Reno, Nevada, with Steven C. Hayes, Evelyn Gould, Mark Dixon, and David Sloan Wilson, and more.

This workshop is specifically designed to provide behavior analysts a foundational understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). ACT began 35 years ago as a behavior analytic approach to intervention in verbally-able populations who might need excessive rule-governed behavior to be diminished in order to better contact and be regulated by direct contingencies. Its conceptual and empirical basis has strengthened considerably over the last three decades, and it is now fully entering into the armamentarium of BCBAs in areas like parent training, staff management & development, organizational work, work with developmentally delayed populations or the chronically mentally ill, educational settings with special needs students, and beyond.

ACT is a method for changing behavior by increasing psychological flexibility, meaning larger patterns of values-based behavior that fit the current context and are resistant to needless disruption by private events. Increasingly, research (including research published in mainstream behavioral analytics journals) has shown that psychological flexibility is a key component in altering behavior across a wide variety of populations.

This training will give the behavior analyst a deeper understanding of the roots of ACT—including how verbal behavior as extended by relational frame theory (RFT) and radical behaviorism as extended into functional contextualism provide a solid foundation conceptually and philosophically. Behavior analysts will also learn skills and techniques they can use to increase psychological flexibility with their clients while still staying within their scope of practice. Experiential exercises provide attendees a “hands on” way of understanding how ACT techniques influence psychological flexibility and overt behavior. Didactic presentations will range from a basic understanding of RFT, ACT, and functional contextualism to how BAs can apply these skills with specific populations.

What’s new at this BootCamp? Prosocial methods for groups!

All successful behavior analysis programs have to deal with groups, whether it be with schools, agencies, businesses, or their own staff. This year, we will emphasize how ACT and RFT can empower organizational and team effectiveness. Renowned evolutionary scientist David Sloan Wilson, PhD, will train you on how to implement Prosocial, a new method for helping groups work better together. Prosocial combines ACT methods with the late Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize winning Core Design Principles to help groups focus on the key organizational steps needed to prosper. These principles are increasingly used by behavior analysts in to reduce group conflict, increase cooperation, and facilitate coordinated effort toward both individual and group values and goals. Well-known organizational behavior management (OBM) expert Ramona Houmanfar, PhD, will also show how ACT and RFT fits inside more traditional OBM methods, and how those in turn can be enhanced by the evolutionary approach of Prosocial.

Evening breakout sessions will cover topics like scope of practice, ethics, and supervision.

Up to 32 CE/CME credit hours available, including 3 CE hours of Ethics training and 2 CE hours of Supervision training.