Strategies and Tactics of Contextual Behavioral Science Research: What is It, How to Do It, and How to Fund It - S. Hayes, D. Barnes-Holmes, Kashdan, Ciarrochi - (Research, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

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Strategies and Tactics of Contextual Behavioral Science Research: What is It, How to Do It, and How to Fund It


Joe.jpgtodd.jpgDermot_pic.jpgSteve Hayes head shot circa 2007.JPGWorkshop Leaders:
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno;
Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Maynooth;
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., George Masan University; 
Joseph Ciarrochi, Ph.D., University of Wollongong

Dates & Location:
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 
9:00-5:15pm on Saturday July 21, 2012 
9:00-5:00pm on Sunday July 22, 2012 

Continuing Education Credits Available: 13

Workshop Description:
“Contextual behavioral science” (CBS) is a term for a strategic and tactical vision of research and practice in the behavioral sciences. CBS is a reticulated functional contextual approach that seeks the development of a psychology more adequate to the challenge of the human condition. It is an extension and elaboration of the traditional behavior analytic approach of refined observations and experimental analysis of situated actions leading to basic principles that have high precision and scope, and application of these principles to the analysis of complex behavioral episodes and patterns. In a CBS approach, each wing of the research and application community takes responsibility for the whole enterprise. For example, practitioners are concerned with basic issues, and basic scientists are concerned with issues of application. As a way of addressing the ongoing act-in-context, variation and selective retention is applied to all streams of development relevant to human complexity (genetic, epigenetic, behavioral, and symbolic), and to scientific analysis itself. This broad research approach embraces many research nodes, but takes a radically pragmatic approach to each. For example, non-technical concepts are allowed to guide clinical application, provided they can be linked to a technical account. This approach liberalizes traditional functional analysis using basic behavioral principles, but maintains the ability to fit what is known to given individuals and settings. It also holds out hope to significantly broaden the development community and to better interlink their specific roles and activities.

In this two-day workshop four leaders in the field will consider the strategy and tactics of CBS research. We will examine research in the following specific areas, in each case considering the role of this kind of research in the overall enterprise, and how best to do research of this kind:

• Basic RFT research
• Research on implicit cognition
• Modeling clinical processes using RFT
• Laboratory-based component research
• Correlational and longitudinal research on psychological flexibility processes
• Functional / transdisagnostic approaches to problem categorization
• Creating assessment tools
• Mediation research
• Moderation research
• Clinical outcome research
• Research on prevention and dissemination
• Neurobiological research

We will discuss how to obtain funding for CBS research, and strategies of career development, knowledge dissemination, and the construction of cooperative communitarian efforts. For example, we will consider how to position the results of research, or to respond to rejections and criticism.

Participants are assumed to have basic knowledge of ACT and RFT. Those actively considering or doing CBS research, and wishing help with specific areas, are welcome to bring these issues to the workshop. The workshop will use didactic discussions and small group work to establish greater competence in the areas identified. 

About Steven C. Hayes
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 34 books and over 470 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. Dr. Hayes has developed "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. His work has been recognized by several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

About Dermot Barnes-Holmes
Dermot Barnes-Holmes is foundation Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has published over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books, and he was recently ranked as the most prolific author in the world in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior during the period 1980 to 1999 (Dymond, 2002). He has graduated 25 doctoral research students and has been directly involved in attracting over 1,000,000 euro in competitive research funding. He served on the Health Research Board from 2002-2005 and was elected to the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland from 2004-2007.

About Todd Kashdan
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. is devoted to increasing the amount of well-being in this world. He received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year at George Mason University. He has published 100+ articles in peer-reviewed journals. To date, his work has primarily focused on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. He regularly gives keynotes and workshops to business executives, organizations, schools, parents, retirees, and health professionals on these topics and others.

About Joseph Ciarrochi
Dr. Joseph Ciarrochi is an Associate lecturer at University of Wollongong and has been extensively involved in ACT sense 2001. He has authored and edited five books, and over 60 peer reviewed articles related to the promotion of mental health and emotional well-being. He’s written a book on integrating ACT with CBT, and is currently working with community members on several other books. He is the editor of the new Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, a journal that is intended to be of interest to both scientists and practitioners.  

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe and define contextual behavioral science (CBS)
2. List at least three key features of a CBS research strategy
3. List at least five methodological issues that need to be addresses in laboratory based component research
4. Describe mediation and challenges in researching it
5. Distinguish analytic abstractive theory from hypothetico-deductive theory
6. Formulate a research question in each area of CBS with an eye toward a reticulated research program
7. Explain the role of neurobiological research in a CBS approach
8. Give at least three coherent ways that traditional cross-sectional self-report measures can be supplemented by other assessment options
9. Give at least five key strategies that will help obtain research funding in CBS
10. Describe what is known currently about ACT mediators and moderators and suggest at least one possible avenue for future development
11. Describe an effective strategy for dealing with a “revise and resubmit” decision in a way that maximizes the likelihood of acceptance

Target Audience: Research; Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced; Participants are assumed to have basic knowledge of ACT and RFT.

Components: Conceptual analysis; Literature review; Experiential exercises; Didactic presentation; Case presentation

Package Includes: A general certificate of attendance, 1 boxed lunch (July 21), and AM & PM coffee/tea break on site. Lunch break on first day is 1 hour; lunch break on second day is 1 hour and 15 minutes.