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Dr. Tom Szabo, PhD BCBA-D January 25 and 26 2021

Title: ACT Wisely at Work and Beyond- An Acceptance and Commitment Training Approach to Self-Care for the BCBA


Price: $199.99

Where: Live Virtual Event

When: January 25 and 26 2021

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00 PM


Behavior analysts are often called upon to undertake burdensome caseloads, drive through congested traffic to see clients, manage resistance from families, and respond effectively to critical feedback from supervisors. COVID-19 has exacerbated these demands and many behavior analysts struggle in the current context to maintain an active self-care repertoire. During the pandemic, balancing family, work, and personal needs may be characterized as a competing contingencies paradigm in which the schedules are undifferentiated by well-defined discriminative stimuli and reinforcers. In other words, it is not always clear when to shift from work to family or self-care and sometimes making the shift does not immediately pay off with reinforcement. Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT; ACTr) is an approach that behavior analysts can use to sharpen their discrimination of these competing contingencies and thereby access more potent reinforcers. The result is an active repertoire of focused behavior that is consistent with verbally stated values and undaunted by interfering private behavior. In this two-day online workshop, behavior analysts will learn six evidence-based strategies for managing private events and behaving effectively in the face of challenging contingencies. The online format will allow participants to engage in large group, small group, and individual exercises related directly to common, difficult experiences of behavioral practitioners during the COVID era.


Participants will:

  1. Identify three competing tandem schedules of reinforcement in the presence of which effective action is difficult or elusive
  2. Describe two lines of inquiry in the experimental analysis of human behavior that led to an extension of Skinner’s direct contingency analysis of behavior, known as relational frame theory
  3. Discuss three approaches to behavior management, the third of which is now referred to as contextual behavior science
  4. Pinpoint repertoires that the early progenitors of ACT sought help with
  5. Identify the conditions under which ACTr would be unnecessary or contraindicated
  6. Identify conditions under which ACTr would be useful
  7. Examine key empirical strategies and findings in the ABA ACT literature
  8. Evaluate next steps that researchers can take
  9. Describe three evidence-based approaches to ACTr that ABA practitioners can use at this time
  10. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to over-extended rules
  11. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to avoidance of emotions, thoughts, memories, and bodily sensations
  12. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to temporal distortion (confusing the past or future with the present)
  13. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to weak or rigid sense of self
  14. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to poorly articulated larger patterns of behavior that produce larger reinforcers later
  15. Assess & intervene upon behavior related to inadequately specified contingency contracts
  16. Develop a self-care contingency assessment and intervention plan

Cost to Attend: (includes registration and up to 12 BACB Learning CEU’s)

  • Early registration (ends December 31, 2020)

$179.99 per participant

  • Regular registration

$199.99 per participant

  • Group Discount

$20.00 discount per participant for registering three or more at a time


  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 2 weeks in advance of the conference will be refunded.

Registration for this course is closed.