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.
Dr. Richard Laitinen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with a doctoral degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and post doctoral studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has contributed to the field of Behavior Analysis through national, international and regional conferences, published research and program development in Spain and Brazil. He is also the Clinical and Development Director at Educational and Developmental Therapies and Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems in California.
Dr. Laitinen is a curriculum and instructional delivery expert who co-authored three curricula--the Social Competence Curriculum, the Competent Learning Model (CLM), and the Verbal Behavior Curriculum (VBC)--for children with autism and related disabilities. He has conducted multiple workshops on teaching verbal behavior, generative learning, executive functioning and emotional awareness and empathy competencies.