Abstract: Behavioral repertoires that are free from the influence of problematic, rule-governed behavior can give way to behavior that is value-driven and focused on the present moment. Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a contemporary behavioral approach that focuses on several core processes involved in producing psychological flexibility and valued living. This session will show how ACT components focused on values, committed action, defusion and mindfulness can be implemented with consumers in behavior analytic service models.
The examples provided represent brief and low effort iterations of these techniques, showing that positive impacts may be measured despite lower dosages and intensities of these practices. We will share how behavioral measures can be employed to evaluate the effects of these practices on socially relevant behavior, and how protocols employing direct contingency management can be bolstered by adding features of ACT.