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Ethics! Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using ACT in Clinical Practice – a 6.5 hour workshop


This workshop includes six-hours of presentation (live and available via recording) and an asynchronous self-paced reading activity (30 min)

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Event Information

Presented by: Dr. Alyssa N. Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Live: Friday 09/09/2022 | 09/16/2022 | 09/23/2022 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

The recording of all ABAC Live events are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks.
Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.

The recording will close on 10/7/22 at 11:59 pm Eastern.


Enhancing Implementation Skills for Using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in Clinical Practice is a three-part workshop for behavior analysts interested in using ACT across a range of clinical practice settings and populations.

Part One will focus on underlying mechanisms within ACT and how to arrange data collection strategies across measurement systems including self-reported measures (e.g. psychometrics, open-ended interviews, Likert scales, self-monitoring, etc.), direct observation across dimensions of behavior (e.g. frequency/rate, duration, latency) and measurement considerations (e.g. fluency, time sampling, continuous vs. discontinuous data). During this session Dr. Wilson will also provide the answer to frequently asked questions such as "What is ACT and how and why would behavior analysts use it in their practice?" and "How does one assess the effectiveness of ACT interventions?"

Part Two will focus on conducting assessments and aligning assessments with treatment selection, and will highlight strategies for ACT session structure, metaphor development, and other general tips to consider before implementing ACT, including determining whether ACT intervention would be appropriate for a client.

Part Three will focus on implementation and case conceptualization and problem-solving strategies to use throughout intervention. The webinar will discuss problem-solving strategies to consider, identification of confounds or extraneous variables, and making data-based decisions. In addition, Dr. Wilson will discuss how to use single-subject design as a way to confirm (or reject) hypothesized functional arrangements and treatment strategies. Dr. Wilson will weave in ethical considerations and clinical scenarios throughout the series. In addition to the six hours of presentation, this workshop includes a required 30-minute self-paced reading activity on ethical considerations before using ACT in practice.

Additional Information

This workshop includes a presentation (live and available via recording) and an asynchronous self-paced reading activity* 

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Behavior analysts who are new to ACT or who want intensive instruction in ACT as it applies to their practice. It is recommended that those who attend this event have a basic understanding of RFT. 

We also welcome those for whom the topic is within their scope of practice, students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us. Note that continuing education credit may not be available for all professionals in the target audience. ABAC will provide a certificate of attendance for those who attend for professional development purposes.


Part 1: What is ACT and How to Use it Ethically in Clinical Practice
After attending this presentation learners will be able to:
1. Discriminate between single and multi-modal data collection systems
2. Identify appropriate direct observation systems based on client description
3. Select ACT component targets for reduction and acceleration

Part 2: Getting Started: Assessment Development and Considerations for Ongoing Assessment
1. Select appropriate assessments based on when in the assessment and intervention process the assessment is needed.
2. Discriminate between tolerance assessments, reinforcer sensitivity and parameter assessments, demand assessments, ecological assessments, and functional assessments
3. Determine if a client has a relational repertoire that supports using metaphors during treatment

Reading activity:

After completing the assigned reading, learners will identify the scope of practice considerations when using ACT.
After completing the assigned reading, learners will identify the scope of competence repertoires when using ACT.

Part 3 - Ethical Applications and Case Conceptualization
After attending this presentation learners will be able to review case vignettes and:
1. Select the appropriate case conceptualization strategy
2. Select a design that can be used to confirm treatment effectiveness
3. Identify ethical dilemmas and approaches for resolution"""


Alyssa N. Wilson, PhD., BCBA-D, LBA is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri and Nevada. Dr. Wilson has provided clinical behavior analytic services to children, adolescents, and adults across a range of clinical settings. She has published articles and book chapters on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (broadly defined) and the use of acceptance and mindfulness-based intervention strategies. She is currently an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves as an editorial board member for Perspectives of Behavior Science. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with family, painting, or cooking a vegetarian friendly meal.


The presenter will receive royalties for the sale of her upcoming book "The Behavior Analyst's Guide to Working with Parents: Acceptance and Commitment Training Skills to Improve Parent Training" which she may mention during this event.


  • 0.7 IACET CEUs
  • 6.5 BACB CEUs (Learning, Including 4 ethics CEUs) 
  • 6.5 QABA Learning Unit (LUs)

APA, NBCC, AOTA, ASWB credit hours not offered for this Live Event. 


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.


  1.  After attending the presentation, the participant will select the correct answer on 80% of the post-tests questions that assess the 9 learning objectives for the 6 hour presentation.
  2.  After completing the readings, the participant will select the correct answer on 80% on the five questions related to the readings.


11:00 am: 3-5 minute Introduction
11:05 am:  Presentation begins
12:45 pm: Audience QA- Audience may also ask questions throughout the presentations
1:00 pm: Live Model: Submitting Continuing Education Requirements and Evaluation and Accessing your Certificate (Optional but recommended for those new to ABAC- Can't stay Click on this Link for more on how to earn Continuing Education At ABAC)

Post-test: Multiple choice questions| Total anticipated time to complete: Approximately 15 minutes (CE eligible for some professions) | Passing score: 80%

Attendance Verification: Attendance Code Submission Form | Total anticipated time to complete: 2 minutes


Reading: Article Summaries and Commentary by Dr. Alyssa Wilson | Total anticipated time to complete: 30 minutes | Eligible for CE credit

Post-test: Multiple choice questions | Total anticipated time to complete: 5 minutes | Not eligible for CE credit


Opportunities to interact with the presenter during the Live Event.
All ABACLive Events include a reference list which allows attendees to continue their research following the event.
Presenters may provide their slides or an abridged version of their slides as a handout at their own discretion.
Handouts and additional resources (if applicable) are available for download 24 hours prior to the Live Event start time.
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Two-week Post-Live Event Access Period: During this time, those that registered for the live event are able to view the recording, access handouts and other resources provided (if applicable) and complete continuing education requirements.