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Revisiting Foundations of ACT as Clinical Behaviour Analysis for Mastering Flexible, Process-Based Implementation. This is a 4 day training.

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Dates & Times:

  • Session 1: 4th February 2022, 9-11.30 AM
  • Session 2: 11th February 2022, 9-11.30 AM
  • Session 3: 18th February 2022, 9-11.30 AM
  • Session 4: 25th February 2022, 9-11.30 AM

How will it work:

The course is divided into 4 x 2.5 hours of live training sessions. The online training sessions take place every Friday in the month of February 2022. The online training sessions will be recorded and be available to participants over a course of 4 weeks after the date of the training.

What is it?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is defined by its behaviour analytic roots and its focus on building flexibility into the behavioural repertoire. Many ACT clinicians, however, find behaviour analytic language lacking in its ability to capture and inform the clinical work they do every day. Instead, ACT assessments and interventions are typically guided by less specific, “mid-level terms,” such as acceptance, diffusion, and values. While mid-level terms certainly reduce the barriers to learning ACT as a new approach, they may unnecessarily limit the clinicians’ application of ACT to the creation and use of techniques, exercises, and metaphors that target flexibility components. This workshop offers practice with an alternative approach to ACT mastery - ACT as clinical behaviour analysis.

ACT as clinical behaviour analysis is simply the direct clinical application of functional contextual behavioural science and behaviour analytic theory, typically in a talk therapy format. Many have dismissed behaviour analysis as cold, rigid, and overly technical. However, practicing ACT as clinical behaviour analysis tends to bring clinicians closer to practicing in a way that is connected, compassionate, and closely attuned to the therapist-client interaction. Far from building in rigidity, practicing ACT as clinical behaviour analysis fosters innovation and therapist growth.

Using an experiential approach that progressively builds skills across two days, participants will practice the functional analysis of moment-to-moment therapy process in service of building clients’ psychological flexibility. These practice opportunities will begin with only the most basic philosophical assumptions underlying ACT and move through principles that are increasingly specific, converging on the ACT components that are typically described in mid-level terms.

What you will learn:

  • Simple but effective behavioural framework for providing clients opportunities to develop flexible, adaptive, and expansive patterns of behaviour that extend far beyond the therapy room.
  • Describe three clinical implications of functional contextualism for clinical behaviour analysis.
  • Analyse talk therapy interventions in terms of the function game vs. the correspondence game.
  • Analyse talk therapy interventions by tracking the functional relationship between context and behaviour.
  • Demonstrate clinical behaviour analytic interventions based on analyses of the functional relationship between context and behaviour.
  • Analyse talk therapy interventions by tracking behaviours under aversive and appetitive control.
  • Demonstrate clinical behaviour analytic interventions based on analyses of aversive and appetitive control.
  • Describe the psychological flexibility model of psychological well-being in behavioural terms.
  • Describe the psychological flexibility model of clinical behavioural intervention in behavioural terms.
  • Assess psychological flexibility in the therapeutic interaction, along with the manipulable conditions that influence it.
  • Demonstrate interventions that manipulate immediate conditions to build psychological flexibility.

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About the Trainer:

Dr. Emily K. Sandoz is the Emma Louise LeBlanc Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor of Social Sciences in the Psychology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Emily is the Director of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. She has co-authored three books on acceptance and commitment therapy for struggles with eating and body image, along with chapters and journal articles on ACT, Relational Frame Theory, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility. Emily has led more than 90 training workshops for professionals around the world and serves as a peer-reviewed ACT trainer. She also practices as a Clinical Psychologist, focusing on clinical behavior analysis.

Books written by Emily:

  • Living with your Body and other things you Hate
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Bulimia


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